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Kudzu

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  1. Working just fine? I have found that email is not 100% reliable though.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. Manual is wrong. I print a lot of those at one time so it takes a while to get changes updated and printed. How long ago did you order plans? We started out using the smaller stringers and latter up the size.
  14. I have to assume you are not getting my emails? I think you have emailed me twice and I have answered both.
  15. Looking the plans and in the notes there is no 5/8 x 5/8 stringers. Smallest listed is a 3/4" x 5/8".
  16. The store calculates shipping based on weight and distance. There is no way I can put in all the options or combinations in. Flat Rate boxes can bey much cheaper and there is no way to put those into the store software. BUT, I was mistaken on the price. I just double checked and it is $89.95 to ship to Australia in a Flat Rate Box. Obviously no discount there. International start at $30 and I thought I had shipped to Australia for that price but I am obviously mistaken. Heck, the flat envelope for documents is $41! And Postal Service is always the cheapest. Sorry!
  17. I can ship enough for one boat for about $30 US using the Postal Service.
  18. I wonder if it is the thinner? I have not thinned the ones I painted?
  19. If you are talking commercial products, Yakima or Thule, hands down. I prefer Yakima because there is a large used market on Ebay and you can put together a rack much cheaper. I have tried cheaper racks and that is just what they are. My absolute favorite is my trailer. Easier to load and unload.
  20. It is the link you are using. It is a search results and bring up ever page that mentions hatches. Even the older page without photos (now deleted). Here is the page. http://www.kudzucraft.com/web/adding-hatches
  21. I used to carry a bilge pump but rarely do now. They take forever to empty a boat. I learned to empty most of the water from the boat while swimming. Enough for me to be able to re-enter. If I have someone with me we can get 95% out and just don't worry about the rest. If we take a break I can get out of the boat and dump it out. But, generally I just don't worry about it and empty it when we get back. That is why I said turn it upside down.
  22. Before I designed boats I built a skinny, little boat that was WAY less stable then my skills at the time. I rarely paddled it and because it was a struggle to keep up right. I was sitting on an old typewriter pad (are you old enough to remember those?) about an 1/2" thick. I borrowed something similar from a fellow paddler because I forgot mine. He left early and I pulled up to a leaning tree, braced myself and pulled out his cushion and tossed it to him. Sat there in the boat a couple of minutes talking and suddenly realized that I wasn't struggling to stay upright. Without the pad I was much more stable/comfortable. I could paddle the boat without having to watch every move I made. It was still an unstable boat but the difference was night and day. But that thin pad raised the Center of Gravity enough to make that boat unstable. The difference was unbelievable. If you are sitting on a thick pad, get rid of it and get something thinner. A 1/2" in height makes a huge difference. If you start paddling a lot, I HIGHLY recommend a Redfish precarved seat base. They are not cheap but they are the most comfortable seat I have ever used. https://www.redfishkayak.com/minicell-foam
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