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  1. Walter: Skin-on-frame and standable is a tough combination, but take a look at Jeff Horton's book "More Fuselage Frame Boats." There are offsets for "Fly Fisher," which is a pulling skiff with a transom. LOA 13.5' Beam 4.0'. Good fishing, Andy
  2. I carry my Ravenswood on a Thule rack with pads and "Stackers," which fold down when not in use. Straps to the rack go fore and aft of the coaming. Bow line is belayed to a 1" strap that is attached under the hood by a convenient, pre-existing bolt. Stern line is belayed to a tow loop under the rear bumper. See pics.
  3. Ben: Paddling took place on a reservoir. Maybe 20 entrants. There was a little wind, but the course was out and back, upwind then downwind. One lap was 5K, two laps 10K. For 5K, times ranged from 34:45 (kayak over 14 feet) to 48:08 (kayak up to 14 feet). Times for 10K included 55:43 (tandem outrigger canoe), 1:17:28 (single flatwater racing canoe), 1:28:18 (tandem kayak), and 1:31:30 (kayak to 14 feet). A good time was had by all.
  4. On the Kudzu Craft website, Jeff says that the Ravenswood model is a fast cruiser with good performance in the range of 3 to 4.5 mph; however, resistance increases dramatically at 5 mph. I believe he got that right. I paddled in a 5K race on Sunday in my Ravenswood and finished in 41:02. Doing the math, this represents a mean speed of 4.5 mph. Jeff, that's good hydrodynamic engineering! Below is a photo of my boat from a day of more relaxed paddling.
  5. Or, do it the easy way and drive screws from the top. I think that the screw heads look fine. Photos are of my Ravenswood.
  6. Dear Mr. Even-Keeled: That's a lovely model! I've made models myself to see what a boat looks like in 3D; however, none of them were skin-on-frame. I have to wonder, tho, doesn't a 1/4 scale model of a SOF boat cost almost as much in time and material as a full-size one? Fair winds, Andy
  7. Gunwales of a birch bark canoe are constructed of an outwale and an inwale with the birchbark sandwiched between. A cap is applied on top and then the assembly is lashed together. Lashings are visible in the photo of the birchbark canoe above. Scantlings for a typical 16' canoe might be 1" X 1" for the inwale, 1/4" X 1" for the outwale, and 1/4" X 1-1/2" for the cap. These members were often tapered to be smaller toward the ends of the boat, which is common for longitudinal members on many types of small boats for both structural and aesthetic reasons. Using three members, bending them to the desired curve, then lashing them into a single piece has advantages over attempting to get a single piece of wood to conform. It looks like Punta's method is similar to the traditional approach for birchbark canoes. Nice job, Punta! (Source: The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America, Edwin Tappan Adney and Howard I. Chapelle, Smithsonian Institution, 1964.)
  8. For those looking for alternative suppliers, here is my experience. In the stern of my Ravenswood, I have a Spirit Line Greenland float bag (shop.skinboats.com). In the bow, I have an NRS stern (yes, that's right) split kayak float bag (nrs.com). Note that Spirit Line also makes full sets. For safety, remember to install bags that fill as much of your boat as practical.
  9. Jason: I paddle a Ravenswood, which has hard chines in lieu of the multi-chine (essentially round) bottom of a Short Shot, but I believe that I can provide you with some useful information. I paddle mainly in the lower Hudson (Alpine, Piermont, and Nyack) and New York Harbor. Photo below was taken near Liberty Island. I am pretty sure that a Short Shot would handle anything that a factory-built boat of similar model would. I haven't seen any disadvantages compared to factory-built boats that I have paddled alongside. And the big advantage is, of course, lightness. Foot room might be a little different in the two boats, but my size 11 or 12's fit fine. I use a nylon spray skirt (Seal Skirts Adventurer), which was custom made. I sent a tracing of the coaming to Seal Skirts and they sewed one up for the same cost as a standard skirt. I ordered it through Campmor, as Seal doesn't sell directly to consumers. If you prefer a neoprene skirt, you'll need to check if a standard model fits or if you can have one custom made. You will want to outfit your boat with float bags fore and aft. Another item some SOF paddlers like is a sea sock, which further reduces floodable volume. Fair winds, Andy
  10. Brad: I also had hogged chines in the bow of my Ravenswood upon initial assembly. If I remember correctly, I trimmed a bit (1/4" or 3/8") off the upper edges of notches on the first frame until the chine lay fair. Photo is attached showing alignment after adjustment. Fair winds, Andy
  11. Omar: Below are 2 pics of a yokes. The first is of one like the plan that I attached to the earlier post and is sold by adirondack-guide-boat.com. The contrasting colors of the laminations on this yoke help to visualize it in 3-D. The second pic shows a different type of yoke on a pack canoe. Have fun, Andy
  12. Omar: Everything looks great... the boat, the scenery, the bass...! If you're looking for ideas on upgrading your yoke, I've attached a drawing of a yoke for an Adirondack guide-boat. This is from The Adirondack Guide-Boat by Kenneth and Helen Durant, which is the definitive book on the topic. Note that the ends of this yoke are round in cross section with brass rings. On guide-boats, these ride in semi-circular notches by the gunwales at the center of gravity, which allows the boat to be pivoted up and down while the yoke fits comfortably on your shoulders. Fair winds, Andy
  13. Excellent! Great to see kids paddling proper boats. One thought: for more comfortable paddling, you could find child-sized PFD's specially designed for paddling. They are cut higher in the back so that the coaming doesn't interfere with the PFD. Have fun!
  14. Woodmike: I paddle a Ravenswood as well. In a crosswind, I do have to edge the boat to counteract weathercocking, where the boat wants to turn upwind. Basically, you want to get the windward chine deeper, which turns the boat downwind. Look for information online about edging kayaks. Fair winds, Andy
  15. Walter: Here's another option for rub strips. Pictures are of the bow of my Ravenswood. The strip is a piece of vinyl about 32" long, 7/16" wide, and 1/16" thick. I cut it from a slat used to insert in a chainlink fence. It's fastened with #4 stainless steel flathead screws on 4" centers and painted with the rest of the hull. Works like a charm and lighter than bronze. No signs of deterioration. Fair winds, Andy
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