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von last won the day on August 8 2014

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  1. I'm starting to put the fabric on my Castaway and I'm wondering how much I can expect the heavy duty 9oz fabric to shrink in the final stage. It's tough to get the cockpit section really tight because the canvas pliers are too long to allow any leverage in the shallow cockpit, plus the floor boards limit how much "pull" you can get on the fabric. Mike v G
  2. Thanks Jeff. I'm getting everything done that is easiest BEFORE I put the skin on. I'll shoot for about 4".
  3. Measured from the back wall of the cockpit, how far forward should the seat/back band be placed?
  4. Measured from the back wall of the cockpit, how far forward should the seat/back band be placed?
  5. Thanks, just did it before I saw your response - it was the only logical thing to do.
  6. 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
  7. What are the overall-length and beam dimensions? Guesses on weight?
  8. Great, that's the answer I was looking for. Thanks Jeff!
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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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