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Kudzu

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  1. Even I am always amazed at the weight of the frame. Of course the skin and paint will bring that up but even so they are so easy to handle compared to Tupperware boats.
  2. In the 12 years that VARDO plans has been available I have never been asked that question. Sounds like you caught a 12 year old mistake to me. Plans list quantity for all three (even though it does appear only two are needed) Deck beams are listed on the plans and long enough. You don't have to waste those, just cut a scarf and glue them up to length needed. I do it all the time. Never built a boat that didn't have a few scarfs in the stringers.
  3. BINGO!! Thank you. After reading it the only real restriction for me is the battery can not be directly under orover the gas tank. I wasn't planing on that so not an issue and another Internet know-it-all put to rest.
  4. I don't frequent this group often and probably should. Restoring a '62 CC Sea Skiff and need to relocate the battery. Existing space is VERY tight, Was located in the bilge. I can find a battery that will fit but there is no way to put in a box and I really want to do that. So I need to relocate. Tons of room under either of the front seats. But I am leaning toward putting it aft, under the rear seats. It is large open space with super easy access. The gas tank is located behind the seat. 30 gallon galvanized tank. Battery would be adjacent to it and with all the ventilation I see no issue. But I have people in another group howling at the idea. Some are saying it is against CODE I assume they mean some regulation but I can't find anything anywhere that addresses this. I don't see the problem but I thought I would ask here. Is there a safety issue with a battery beside/under the tank? I would be in a box and tied down.
  5. Store is and has been open for a while now.
  6. It and Curlew are my favorites. For different reasons but that is the two I paddle most.
  7. That is why the engineer in me could never build a traditional boat. I couldn't stand the thought of designing something and not being able to build it exactly. Then it being to unstable or having bad manners after all that work. Plus not being to reproduce the same hull shape again if I wanted. Not against traditional boats, just no interest in building one.
  8. Looks like you did a very nice job there.
  9. Plus Okume would be a much better quality plywood too. Assuming the DF you get is typical of what I can get. It is really disheartening the difference in American made plywood and imported plywoods. While I prefer to buy American the imported plywood is FAR superior to anything I have seen made here. But as you said, shipping is very expensive. I need 3 sheets for my Chris Craft. Shipping is as much as the plywood so I am trying to work up an order for all the wood for the boat at once.
  10. Not sure what is going on but Seals has said they are not taking any more orders this year. They say that they have no more manufactoring capacity left(??). Try ordering this winter for next year. That means no Skirts too. So I am looking for a new source for backbands and skirts.
  11. What Dave said. I have never been able to get three coats on with 1 quart and always have bit left over on the 2nd quart. I always buy 2 quarts because the gallon will go bad before I use it again. As for thinner, what ever they recommend. Rustoleum uses acetone. I have tired cleaning brushes with other thinners and it ruined the brush. Did strange things to the paint so follow the instructions and used what ever they recommend. And by all means thin it! Thinning it allows it to soak into the fabric and will stain the fabric a consistent color and looks MUCH better. If you don't you have a horribly blotchy finish inside the boat. Plus, while I have no proof I think that it helps seal the fabric better. If you skin off some paint on the surface, and you will, the fabric will remained sealed with the paint that soaked into it.
  12. Probably is the next step. I am a little short in kids boat but not having any around me it is very difficult to gage much less design kids boats.
  13. Trying to email you about your order and your email keeps bouncing. HELP!
  14. Short Shot LV was designed for someone her size. If she has come from short fat boats she will probably find it pretty unstable compared to those and she will find it substantial easier to paddle or faster for the same amount of effort. As for stability, she should adapt fas. But those first few minutes may make her wonder what she got into. I have seen it a good bit when people move from fat boats to one of mine. They wobble and struggle for a few minutes but they quickly adapt and learn that keeping your body center of the boat is keey. After a couple of hours they are paddling around comfortable and totally forgot about the stability. Standard. Your are at the top end for the LV. No wiggle room in the LV for weight gain or gear. Plus the boat is bit small all around. I think you will find the regular Short Shot is just fine. You might find the tracking a little loose but I doubt it. But everyone is different and if you did a SMALL skeg would tighten it up. But I prefer not to add them unless you really need it.
  15. I actually to stitch the fabric together just enough to hold it in place under the coaming. You just have to work out where with the coaming in place. Do I not show this in one of the videos?
  16. You can clamp the two together and even them out. When I was making kits I always put the coaming together temporarily and sanded it to get perfect mating surfaces.
  17. I have video(s) on YouTube that walk you through the whole process.
  18. I am very skeptical of any thick product that doesn't soak into the fabric. My issue with latex paint has been it was so thick it didn't soak in and jut laid on the surface of the skin and scrapped off. Since this can be used as a dip it is obviously thick, it makes me skeptical. Of course it could adheare really well to the fabric. I also wonder how well it finish. If it will get smooth out and look good? But I admit I am always skeptical when it comes to new coatings. Oil based paint works very well and looks good.
  19. If you start from the end you can easily end up with a wad of fabric and no where to go with it. Guess how I know?
  20. It has been a long time since my first one but I think Dave is probably right. A lot depends on the person though. Most people struggle sewing a straight line but some fine it very easy and do an amazing job first time. i think the key(s) are being consistent and using the deck beam as a guide for ever time you place that needle. And never be afraid to rip out a bunch of stitching and start over. I do that. Teaching classes there where I can look over their shoulders we got good results. Not perfect seams but good. But then there is always that one person that stands out. One was an Army doctor and his seams looked as good as anything I could do. Next class it was a lady that sewed a lot. I think she did a variety for crafts involving hand stitching. Just know that one half of the boat is going to look better than the other. So I always say start at the stern. Most people see it bow on.
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