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  1. Looks nice and it floats - good result!😃 Did you make the paddle too?
  2. I made my curlew coaming from WRC but it was done in several thin laminations. The cedar also needs to be straight grained and heat is required. If you are getting cracking then halve the thickness of the strip and try again. It may take twice as many layers but it will be strong. There's not much info on the coaming in my thread but it is here if you want to look: https://messing-about.com/forums/topic/8574-a-curlew-in-adelaide/?tab=comments#comment-75335
  3. I have not built one of these so can't help a lot but there is a photo of a frame on the Kudzu website at this web address: http://www.kudzucraft.com/web/boat-designs/mess-about Also, with regard to the stringer length, I seem to recall that the stringers should be cut a little bit oversize initially and then trimmed when attaching them. Presumably this is because they join the bow and stern assemblies at a shallow angle so even a small variation in the size / position of frames can make a difference to stringer length. It was a while back that I built my Curlew but I think I attac
  4. Hello Jeff, Hola Jeff Looks very nice - you did a good job. Se ve muy bien, hiciste un buen trabajo. What is the harbour in the second photo? ¿Cuál es el puerto en la segunda foto? (Translation of Jeff's post courtesy of uncle google: "I just finished my Kayak SOF. It is a vardo. It has been a fantastic experience to build it, and now navigate, in the waters of the Costa Brava (Catalonia) with it.")
  5. You've done a fine job - it looks fantastic. You'll probably get held up a lot at launch sites by people wanting to admire it and ask questions.
  6. Suitable fabrics are so rare in Aus that I've never heard of anybody finding any. I bought mine from Jeff along with book, sinew and adjustable footpegs. Shipping costs a bit but as I recall it was reasonable enough to be well worth the trouble it saved by not having to find that stuff here. Plus you know it's suitable for the application. As for coatings, I used a gloss enamel house paint - oil, not water based. My Curlew has scraped over a few things in skinny water and been fine so far. Also used something similar on a sailing dinghy many years ago and it was quite durable on th
  7. Glad to hear it turned out OK Leo - I was a bit worried by the thread title. What you found ties in with the recognized tendency for the bow and stern to wear through first from repeated grounding on the frame. They are still quite durable boats though. I've scraped my Curlew across submerged logs and the odd rock in skinny backwaters but nothing like what you find on marine reefs. I don't recall even being able to see any evidence of the scrapes on mine.
  8. What are you talking about? Of COURSE you need 3 boats! ? .... and never mind the mistakes, it turned out nice in the end.
  9. Good review Denis. I was goin to say you should do yourself a favour and get some float bags - then I noticed some colour that could be float bags showing through from inside. Is that the case or is the hull empty?
  10. Even half a world away PAR will be missed by many. He was a frequent, knowledgeable and generous contributor to the wooden boat section of the Aussie based Woodwork Forums. His willingness to freely share his experience helped many of us make decisions and find a way through difficulties with boat building and repairs. He explained things in a way that was easy to understand and also engaged in the humorous banter that goes on. Of course we never met him in person but in the Forum environment he was good company for many reasons. RIP
  11. Very nice frame John, it's going to be a special boat when finished.
  12. What's the difference between an odd one and a normal one?
  13. Well done bloke - looks bloody good from here. That appears to be a nice protected bit of water out there. Is it as safe as it looks?
  14. Looks good bloke! Job well done.
  15. Todd, I don't claim this is the best way but this is how I did my deck bungy fit. Made loops from webbing - cut a length, folded and then melted a hole through. Used an old soldering gun for both cutting and making the hole. Best to use polypropylene rather than nylon - uncoated nylon usually has less resistance to UV light. Screwed loops to side of gunwales - not the top. Two reasons for this: 1) side is wider than top so less likely to split the timber due to being too close to the edge, 2) I believe there is a slight mechanical advantage wi
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