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  1. Thanks Jeff. I'm getting everything done that is easiest BEFORE I put the skin on. I'll shoot for about 4".
  2. Measured from the back wall of the cockpit, how far forward should the seat/back band be placed?
  3. Measured from the back wall of the cockpit, how far forward should the seat/back band be placed?
  4. Thanks, just did it before I saw your response - it was the only logical thing to do.
  5. I'm having a problem figuring out the bow end-point for the gunwales at the bow of my castaway. I have plenty of length, so I could carry the gunwales all the way to the peak of the baltic birch bow plate. The only photo of a Castaway that I'vbeen able to find is shot from the stern, so I can't see how the bow point is handled. Thanks for your help. Von
  6. What are the overall-length and beam dimensions? Guesses on weight?
  7. Great, that's the answer I was looking for. Thanks Jeff!
  8. Hmm. A week passes and no answer to my question. I'll simplify. Is the proper sequence: 1) scarf scantlings at standard thickness, typically 3/4", then reduce to the required dimension? 2) reduce stock thickness to the required dimension, then cut and glue scarfs? I'm planning on building a Castaway and I do not have a table saw. I going to build a jig like a miter box with a single stock thickness and a single cutting slot to produce a 9:1scarf angle for that thickness of stock using a Japanese-style pull saw.
  9. Jeff, I think I remember you once suggesting that you scarf at 3/4" and then plane down to 5/8 where needed. Is my memory roughly correct, or is old age scrambling the connections again? von
  10. I think that the Messabout/Castaway boat look a lot like the decked sailing canoes I used to see on Lake Michigan in my youth. Beamier, but same basic shapes. I wonder if that could be the basis for a sailing canoe. With the rear deck beefed up the way Jeff designed it on the Castaway, you could mount an outrigger ama there. It's doubled up frames in less than a foot of waterline and a solid ½ inch plywood connector between them at deck level. With the same kind of treatment somewhere forward of the bow-end of the cockpit, maybe you could step a mast. Don't know what you'd do for dagger boards/center board. Perhaps the outrigger would be enough.
  11. Try this link for traditional wood canoe seats with back rests. I particularly like the bucket version. Looks like it might fit in the mess about. http://www.edscanoe.com/caac.html
  12. Here's an idea I've had stored on my hard drive for a couple of years. Never made it, but it looks really simple, collapses to a small size, and has the added advantage of looking like a Kudzu fuselage component. Looks like Baltic Birch plywood to my untrained eye. von
  13. Jeff, How about a decked canoe. Still double bladed propulsion, but could be a single blade. Jem has two, Northwind and Southwind, both quasi-replicas of the Kreuger decked canoes. Or maybe like the Bell Canoe Rob Roy. Your Mess Abouts are close, but beam-y by comparison. von
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