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  1. Kudzu

    Building a Shad Kayak VIDEO SERIES

    No, the client just like this better so he gets what he wants. It is actually more work but it does have a cool look.
  2. Kudzu

    Short Shot bracket location?

    FRAME 6' 0" Thanks for pointing that out so I could add it to the patterns.
  3. Kudzu

    Short Shot vs. Reef - Durability Test

    No surprise. It takes a lot put a hole in one. I am guessing by what you said that you did not round the ends of the seat stringers? An exposed blunt end is more susceptible to damage than anywhere else. I need to add a note on the plans and clarify that. I thought there was something in the manual but I am learning most people do not read the manual very closely. So it is better to put it on the plans.
  4. I am building a SHAD for a client. I have been wanting to video a build from start to finish but haven't had a Commision in s while and the last thing I need is another kayak! So I jumped on this and ordered a inexpensive video camera and I going to document the whole thing from start to the day I launch it. Maybe even when we turn it over to the client? I will update this thread as I add new Episodes. PART 2 PART 3 PART 4 BONUS VIDEO Part 5 Part 6 PART 7 PART 8 PART 9
  5. Kudzu

    San Juan Island Short Shot Launch

    Likey both are to blame. GP's are notoriously wet paddles! And deck seams are near impossible to make totally watertight for me. Boat looks really good in white too.
  6. Kudzu

    Problem with Shad assembly

    Looks like we overlooked the notes when i redesigned the frame. so yea, that is little long. I am about to start to assemble the SHAD in the shop this afternoon of tomorrow morning. I can verify on the boat what it needs to be but you need 1"-1.5" past the frames. Just enough to drill the holes to lash the seats in the place. Don't hold me to this but I think 24" is about right. If you can't wait just measure and add the extra.
  7. Kudzu

    Float bags are discontinued

    I don't have any plans, I just made some patterns I used to trace the outline.
  8. Kudzu

    New fabric on sale!

    Not sewn any yet you could do either I am sure.
  9. Kudzu

    Boat for a size 14 shoe?

    Problem is you need to raise the Gunwale to really gain any more foot room and then you end up banging a paddle on the side of the boat. Everything is a compromise in these and there are no easy ways to get more foot room, keep a good shape on the boat and keep the Gunwales low so you are not knuckle busting. And if you do try something you have to build a new boat just to test your idea!
  10. Kudzu

    Boat for a size 14 shoe?

    Glad to hear other chime in with some experience Size 14 is hard to find anything other an Recreation design that you are going to fit well. VARDO has the most room inside being more of a touring boat. All the others are not going to fit 14's with shoes on. I wear thin neoprene water shoes with a medium thick sole. In the winter I wear wool socks inside my dry suit with those outside. No problems there. I wear size 10 and with tennis shoes on my feet are wedged in and not comfortable. I would say size 14 foot is close to that so I have my doubts about a good fit in anything except VARDO. Largely depends on how forward you can point you toes.
  11. Kudzu

    Problem with Shad assembly

    Grabbed a couple of photos while preparing the frames.
  12. Kudzu

    Problem with Shad assembly

    The frames rest on the bow and stern ends, on the long tab at the back, not on top of the stringer like the other boats. You mount the frames to the brackets while on top of the bow/stern end. Once you start lashing stringers it is gets very solid. I am about to build a shad and will have a photo in a couple of days if you need it. Just finishing up frames today for it.
  13. Kudzu

    New fabric on sale!

    Just received a roll of a new 9 oz polyester fabric. This is tight weave fabric with a fairly smooth finish. The weave it fairly smooth and nice and tight. Sewing this fabric should be easy to without the pull holes you would get with the original 8 oz we sold for so many years. I applied some paint and it soaked in rather than just sitting on the surface. $5 a foot but I have it on sale for a few days at $4.50 a foot.
  14. Kudzu

    Short Shot FROG

    Looks good from here!!
  15. Kudzu

    Float bags are discontinued

    They made money, they just tied up to much cash for too long since I had to buy 100 yds of fabric at a time. Still looking for alternatives but not had any luck buying smaller quantities at reasonable prices. Buying fabric retail I would have to raise prices to $120 a set.

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