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    Wally: For a better response to your questions, move your post over to the Kudzu Craft Forum. I hope this project proves less dangerous than the martin house. Have fun!
  2. As a practical matter, the characteristics of the species of wood you choose, as well as the characteristics of the particular board you choose, will be at least as important as the difference of 1/8" in the scantlings. Choose boards of the best wood readily available and cut stringers with the straightest grain, fewest knots, and least runout. Don't overthink dimensions.
  3. Google "duck punt." These traditional British boats are sailed and are pretty similar to pirogues. Also check out Phil Bolger's "Teal" design.
  4. Steve: Sorry. Vorpal has left for a new home. There were additional posts on this thread documenting that but those posts seemed to have disappeared. I recommend that you go ahead a build a Robote. It will go together quickly and provide excellent rowing performance. I'll be happy to share whatever tips and photos that might help you with the build. Feel free to send me a private message. Fair winds for 2021, Andy
  5. Daniel: Remember that there are two reasons for floor boards in a skin-frame boat: 1) to keep pressure from feet and/or butt off the inside of the skin, and 2) to keep feet and butt out of the bilge water. Having some bilge water is inevitable. Many small, wooden paddling and rowing craft have floor boards as well, but for those, usually only reason number 2 applies. Those floor boards often have an opening at a low spot where you can bail or use a sponge. As far as letting your heels touch the skin, I think that's exactly where they should be. Any sort of floor board will mov
  6. John: Nice boat! Best seat cushion I have found is a Therm-A-Rest Trail Cushion. Easy on the anatomy and keeps your center-of-gravity low. Put some self-adhesive velcro on your floor boards and on the cushion and you're ready to go. To get the velcro to stick well to the cushion, some contact cement is first required on the cushion. To give credit where due, this method is used by Pygmy Boats. Fair winds!
  7. I think that's a fine-looking boat and I'm not surprised that it sails well. Here in New Jersey, we call that a garvey. The first picture below is the plan for a small garvey from Howard Chapelle's classic book American Small Sailing Craft. Chapelle calls it an "(o)ld garvey box, substitute for a sneak box." He took the lines from a boat in Tuckerton, NJ. The New Jersey Friends of Clearwater have a traditionally-built, 26-foot, two-masted garvey based on another Tuckerton boat. Jim Michalak designed a plywood version called "Sneakerbox." The photos are of a model. The model diffe
  8. Timothy: Nice boat! But the Safety Committee must comment on your video. Glad to see you wearing a well-fitting PFD. I don't know where you're located, but by the look of the trees you're pretty far north. If so, water temperature is pretty low, despite the marvelous air temperature. There's an old (and accurate) saying in the kayaking community that you should dress for immersion. In other words, if you end up swimming in cold water with a cotton tee shirt you might not make it back. It's also been said that when the water is cold, your PFD is mainly useful for recovering the body. Pleas
  9. I'm afraid that I have too many boats (bikes too, but that's another story) and need to reduce the fleet. Vorpal is an excellent pulling boat, light and easy to car top. Check out the description of the Robote design under 'Michalak" in the "plans" section of the Duckworks online store. She is built to Jim Michalak's plan with a few tweaks for aesthetics (breasthook, quarter knees, curvy thwarts) and for rowing comfort (removable seats with ergonometric shape). Her side planks are fine, but the bottom planks need a coat of epoxy and fiberglass. I started to wood the bottom in preparation, but
  10. Martin: Thanks for the comprehensive report. I had daydreamed a bit about building a Flyfisher. I am fond of pulling boats but not as fond of trailers and the costs and hassles they involve. The design reminds me of an Irish Currach. Could you post some pictures for us? Did you weigh the boat? Too bad you ran out of boating weather this year, but please report back when you get the boat into the Sound. Where on the Sound are you located? Fair winds, Andy
  11. Nashrows: Do as Hawgster says, but you'll find the website easier if you search for "yostwerks." I've paddled a Ravenswood for a few years and find it very handy in open water. Of course, "quickness and maneuverability" are relative terms. The Ravenswood wants to go straight, but with leaning and paddling technique will go where you want. Picture is of New York Harbor just south of Liberty Island. We accompanied swimmers to Manhattan. On the trip back (without swimmers), a north breeze started to build up some swells. It was exciting surfing the swells and avoiding tugs, ferries, and plea
  12. John: Nice boat! And in the video, you had it at hull speed with a full stern wave. I couldn't help notice, however, that your entrance and exit were a bit precarious. Attached video shows how to use your paddle as an outrigger (usually on the beach side) for less precariousness. Simply keep your weight slightly to the side where the paddle is extended. Fair winds! IMG_8632.mov
  13. While there are rare couples that paddle well together, tandem boats are called "divorce boats" for good reason. Decades ago, I bought my first canoe from a woman who was recently divorced. He really liked boating. She did not. One of the joys of solo kayaking or canoeing is the feeling of controlling your own boat. And you can paddle along with other folks, each in their own boat. Also remember that primary stability is just that. Secondary stability is what actually increases the probability of avoiding a swim. Fair winds!
  14. Nice! Are you kneeling or sitting and what is the arrangement for floor boards and/or a seat? How does the yoke work?
  15. Those boats are stitch-and-glue or wood strip. Nothin' wrong with that, but they ain't skin-on-frame. Yostwerks is all SOF.
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