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    gardening, biking, kayaking, building kayaks

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  1. You came to the right place. I built a Curlew from Kudzu and Jeff's directions were spot on. Well researched, understandable directions. Lots of support from this site.
  2. Glad you and your friend are OK, and your boat as well. For me it is a cautionary tale to take risk management more seriously. I am getting older and need to reconsider choices sometimes. I couldn't help but remember Shakleford himself as your recounted your experience.
  3. Nice color, beautiful design with a classy paddle. Did you make the paddle as well?
  4. I have been on the ocean around Vancouver and in some high waves on Lake Michigan. I was in a plastic tandem or a 60 lb cedar strip kayak each place and I thought their heaviness was an advantage in rough water. The Curlew is light bug responsive. I don't know how that would all play out.
  5. I used the 12 oz per sq foot nylon that Jeff sells. I know a lot of guys like the dacron, and I may use it some day, but I have wanted to use balistic nylon since back in the 90's when I first got interested in the thought of making a SOF after seeing some information about Bill Dyson's research. I found that you can stretch it the best you can during the sewing process and it is still too loose. If you wet it down, then it will dry and shrink. In my research one guy mentiioned that you need to be careful because if you keep doing that it can shrink so much that it will break your chimes or frames (especially the12 oz fabric). Since getting it wet only once after being sealed I haven't noticed any more shrinking. Corey wasn't familiar with the Kudzu boat - his boats have steamed, bent wood ribs - but he guessed I would need 1 1/2 orders at about $90. I really used one. He just didn't want me to run out during a coating. It is useful stuff. I put it on some wear spots on my bicycle seat and the tips of a greenland paddle I made. Who knows where I will use the rest of it. I have mixed as little as a 2 spoon ot 1 spoon mix and have good results, just mix it for 5 minutes to allow the CO2 bubbles to form and get out of the way, you don't want foaming. I also found some useful advice for the lashing part at the end of the build. There is a tutorial at the site below. It involves making a 9/16 hole, too small for the bungee cord to go through (I used about 15 feet). It works because you stretch the bungee, making it thinner, as you lace it through your holes. I will lash a cedar strip kayak I made but never was satisfied with the way they advised to attach the bungee lashing so I waited until I found a way to avoid screwing on brackets. I don't like to use screws on these things if I can avoid it. When he used bamboo chop sticks, or dowel rods to seal holes for the end loops I used 2 thicknesses of the bunge to squeeze in there to seal the braided strap I made for the ends. It seems to be watertight so far. Enjoy the journey. Jeff's passion has produced a lot of enjoyment for those of us who are restless, looking new challenges. I have proven to myself that it can be done with limited ability and few tools. http://www.skinboats.org/#!deck-lines/c1nw3
  6. Thanks, my lighting and picture taking abilities were not so good. It is finished with 'Corey's Goop'. I found this online at the skin boat school in Washington state. http://shop.skinboats.com/2-Part-Urethane-Coating-for-Kayak-Skin-goop1.htm%C2'> It is a 2 part urethane, odorless and, unlike urethane you buy at the hardware store, most of it does not evaporate when it dries. It is tough, Other uses include sealing the surface of parking garages and making the heal of shoes. There is a tutorial on how to apply it at the skin boat school site. I think you can add an orange tint if you like. For me, I was going for a more naturall, buckskin, look that alowed the fuselage to be seen.
  7. Your Stonefly looks great. I think sometime in the future I will try your Tandem Crawfish. I was thinking of the Longshot, but if I can take my wife with me in the tandem, it would be nice. For versitility, how does the Tandem Crawfish handle with one paddler? Just looking at your boats makes the gears start turning out reasons I need another SOF.
  8. I just finished a Curlew Build. It was a 2 year process with many interruptions but very enjoyable and memorable. Right after taking the last pictures I tried it out and it tracks well, is maneageable in the wind and all I was hoping for it to be. I also have a 17' cedar strip kayak that I made. I like it too, but it is much heavier. I will be taking to Curlew to Lake Monroe (Bloomiongton IN) to look for some new mushroom spots. Thanks Jeff for all of the design work, advice, building directions and a quality job on cutting the frames. Members of the forum were also invaluable for explanations when I was mired down with overthinking and stuck on perfection. Next up will be a Long Shot, once I get my first mate used to thinking of kayak storage as kayak display and any other sales pitches I pick up from you guys.
  9. Nice job Pickman. I like your alterations. I made a cedarstrip kayak and, as you say, I am kind of particular about scratching it up. I am nearing the end of a curlew build and I am sure I will enjoy it being light weight. The 17 foot cedar strip ended up being around 60 lb. Jeff is on to something with his designs. Congratulations on your new boat - I like the tatoo.
  10. Scientific American Frontiers had a nice section on this in 1991 on episode 203 -The Baidarka : A Legendary Aleut Kayak It shows the cool Aleut hat as well. They uncovered one on Anangula Island that was built about 8,750 years ago (3,000 years before the Great Pyramids). It tells of George Dyson reconstructing one. I googled the episode at Scientific American Frontiers episode 203. George Dyson says the reconstructed versions behaves well in waves. He also mentions that stealth was one of the Aleuts main objectives.
  11. Jeff, I realize this may be late for the teaching stint you mentioned in this strand. www.qajaqusa.org/QK/makegreen2.pd is the website for Chuck Holst and he seems to have a good design. I made a paddle at his workshop. The lines you need to draw on you wood are shown in his website. You need to find a long straight grained piece, runout is really bad for results. I have had many interruptions in my build of a curlew kit I purchased from you. I am skinnig it now, going well and will send pictures of the build soon. You and this site have been very,very helpful.
  12. Hirilonde I think you hit on a possibility. I once attended an event called something like the Native Inuit Kayak Symposium in Washington State, along the West Coast. Those guys were teaching kayaking skills and my wife and I were able to make a nice Greenland paddle and a sprayskirt. What I was interested in was the Inuit type of kayaks and paddling and so on. What I found was they should have been called the Greenland Kayak Symposium because all they new could be traced back to instructions given by an old fellow in Greenland whose skills were nearly lost before he passed away. The kayaks had made their way east over hundreds of years and had been tailored for their particular needs. The answers for questions we have about Inuits were lost because of the speed in their demise at he hands of Russian and European cultures. Whatever their methods, I have learned to respect their 'Kahunas' for being willing to hook up to a whale in the open ocean while in a kayak. I know motivation is intense when your family is hungry. Still, I can remember the fear I encountered while being in waves on Lake Michigan way beyond my skills and I wasn't hooked up to anything. Hats off to the original kayakers.
  13. Joe Greenly of Redfish Kayaks in Port Townsend, Washington says it is not for more effeciency as it cuts through the waves. His theory is that it is the shape required because of the seal skin you are using limits you to this option only. How that is the case I do not understand. I would like to someday see a seal skinned bidairka. One documentary from the early 90's I remember seeing said they managed the waves of the ocean better when built this way.
  14. Rex Maddy


    Hello Jeff, The Curlew I ordered came in before I left for vacation, just in time. I took the book with me to Colorado for the vacation at my son's house. Seems I left it or got separated from it somehow. Just ordered another. With your book I have some of it built in my mind, a few more repititions and I will be doing the real build, have to finish a bathroom rmodel first. Thanks for getting the kit to me so fast. Rex Maddy
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