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Kudzu

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  1. Email me that photo of it in the water. Of it you want to wait till it is rigged out? Either way I would like to share that on the FB page. Really nice photo and location!
  2. I slide across logs all the time. Everyone cringes up and I think nothing of it. Logs are not very abrasive it at all. If you haven't, install a rub string on the bow. That area takes the most abuse and is the most common area to get damaged. A rub strip solves that!
  3. Yes. more photos. I have only seen one other built. Would love to share them on my Face Book page.
  4. Epifanes is an excellent and high quality varnish. I have never used it on a boat but I would expect it would work very well. I suspect the clear will still have a bit of an amber/yellowish tint though.
  5. You have nothing to loose by trying. The damage is done. I would buy/make a rub strip and bed it with a sealant and see what happens.
  6. Epoxy works. I just don't use it unless I have to. I don't like the waste, the mixing and mess. Not a fan of polyurethane glues.
  7. As the book says, just glue. Just make sure you have a good mating surfaces and it will be fine. PS Should have elaborated a bit more. Use Titbond 3 glue and clamp those joints. The glue joint depends on a good mated surface and pressure on the joint while drying.
  8. As the title says, no more 9 oz polyester. My supply has dried up and I can not get anymore. I was considering dropping it anyway because of all the issues. Should have no problem keeping the Primo fabric in stock. I am looking for something to replace it but finding suitable fabrics is like finding the proverbial Needle in a Haystack.
  9. If your going to paint, skip the goo and just paint it. Proven to work and last.
  10. I doubt there is any practical difference in any of them.
  11. All this is addressed in one of the videos. Maybe in the Building Short Shot series? But it is all there somewhere on You Tube. Look at the newest videos first.
  12. Your trying to fix a problem that doesn't exist. The designs are proven to work. Never had a frame failure that I know of. A little flex is part of the design. You really should try one before you start trying to fix the problems.
  13. Working just fine? I have found that email is not 100% reliable though.
  14. Not trying to be insulting but Why? The cloth with a waterproof coating works just fine. If you are going to be using it in a place where you need fiberglass you should be looking at something other than Skin on Frame. It will ad a lot of weight which defeats one of the biggest advantages of the these boats. It will add a lot of cost and a lot weight and then you really get no advantage in return. I have paddled hundreds of miles in many skin boats and never damage but one and I was using it is mild white water which I tell everyone not to do because it will ruin the skin. And it did.
  15. As for 'filling the weave' it is a common idea that it somehow make the skins better. It is common in fiberglass work to make the coating smooth and not look like fabric. I am just guessing but in aircraft I imagine there might be some aerodynamic advantages to a smoother surface to a rough one. But in my boats there is no advantage. You just adding weight, work and cost to the boat. The slightly textured skin doesn't hurt anything at the speeds we travel. I remember read some study by people smarter than me have suggested there might be some benefits in a less than smooth finish at slow speeds. And after all it is a skin boat and I want people to see that. As for weatherman 80. sorry but I can't recommend using UPHOLSTERY FABRIC for skinning my boats. You can skin your boat in what you want but I sure don't recommend it or support it in any manner.
  16. That is why I sold my VARDO. I find it to big but lots of people like that. But just pad it out with some mini-cell foam. Lots of serious ocean paddlers that want a really snug fit do this to customize the fit, so it nothing new. Try gluing it in place with 3m Super 77 glue. I think that might work.
  17. DIRT TOOL KITS Since I am not longer teaching classes, I am selling the tool kits we used in the classes. Most everything you need to assemble one of my boats. Now in the store http://www.kudzucraft.net/Clearance.../Dirty-tool-kit.html
  18. Talking to my wife and she said something that makes sense. With all the strict rules on VOC's maybe there has been a change in the paint formulas. I think European countries are stricter than we are here in the US. (Except for California. I am surprised humans passing gas has not be outlawed there). Something that we would not notice but is affecting the fabric. It is the best idea I have hear yet. I have not used water based in a long time. When I first tired it was so thick it would not soak in. Just sat on top of the fabric and eventually rubbed of and allowed water to 'seep' in. Way to soft for a heavily used boat. That has been a few years now and they may have improved them since then. It may be the answer?
  19. New fabric is in the store. See the other thread but we considering dropping this fabric. The issues are becoming a bit to numerous for my liking. It is not happening to everyone but it is happening a bit to much.
  20. What I don't understand is I sold if for a year or two with no issues. Skinned a couple of boats with it myself.. EDIT Just looked and I have been selling this since 2018. First time was someone tried coating with Coelan on a boat and it looked horrible. Worst wrinkles I have seen. Had two people report this. Then after a few months it started to happen with paint. It worked fine and then the wrinkles started to show up. No apparent pattern to this. I had assumed it was people sewing on the fabric loose and heat shrinking it tight. When they applied the pain it would cause it relax but I am hearing from people that sew it tight and it happens. Question is why is is getting worse? What has changed? I have added a warning to the description about this. Because of the price I may continue to offer it.
  21. I am stumped but I am hearing it more and more. Giving serious consideration to just dropping this fabric from the store. I don't like selling something people are having issues with. Still don't now why it does it for some and not others. Good news is I got the 6 oz. yesterday. Beautiful fabric and still my favorite. It's just a lot more expensive. I do have the option of bringing back the 11 oz fabric. too. It is available.
  22. The software will only allow orders for what is in stock. No backorders. I don't want to change that inventory till I actually have it after the last shipment screw up. I would have orders for a fabric I didn't get.
  23. I am wondering if I printed an old set by mistake? Do you have the laminated beam option in you plans? Had to restore some data and there are now two sets of Short Shot files on my computer and I may have sent you the old version.
  24. Just got the invoice on the new order of fabric. They sent me 27 feet last time instead of the 100 yards I had ordered. I should have it in stock, in 10 days or less. It is a really beautiful fabric!
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