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  1. I'm really glad to hear how things turned out. Get well fast Jeff!
  2. Really nice looking kayak! Can you describe the fabric you used? "COVID-19 changed every thing: " Actually it was the forced lockdowns that has done the most damage.
  3. Looking good! That looks like a heavier fabric than what I used. Have you used an iron to tighten it up yet?
  4. It would be a LOT easier just to order a set of plans. -Ben
  5. Thanks for the suggestions guys. Maybe because I had some on hand, I settled on paintable caulking. Using a caulking gun I forced it down and inside the damaged fabric. Then using a putty knife I smoothed out the area making it flush with the surrounding area. After a day of cure time, then 3 coats of Rustoleum you can't even tell it was damaged. And it doesn't leak!
  6. I assume the average age of your customer is increasing every year. Building a kayak (or anything for that matter) requires too much attention span for your typical young person these days.
  7. The surface of the ramp was very rough, coarse asphalt. I suppose for better traction. It looks like a high point created a 3/4" dimple, cutting through the paint and damaging the fabric, though not a clear through hole. I had nearly an inch of water after 45 minutes of paddling.
  8. I messed up. Last night, down at a boat ramp, I hopped in my kayak too close to the edge of the water where it was too shallow. The attached picture shows what happened. Now I need to know the recommended repair method. Can you guys help me out?
  9. I messed up. Last night, down at a boat ramp, I hopped in my kayak too close to the edge of the water where it was too shallow. The attached picture shows what happened. Now I need to know the recommended repair method. Can you guys help me out?
  10. I'm curious to know where you placed in the race, how many were in it, and what was the winner's time? - Ben
  11. It would be a little easier to tell if your laminated beam was in your pictures. But regardless, are you aware that the top surfaces of your two beams end up flush with the top surface of the laminated beam? I haven't looked at the plans for a while, so I don't recall if they show notches, but that's how I did my Shortshot.
  12. Hi Jason. Welcome aboard! I built a Short Shot during the winter of 2016. At the moment, I don't have time to say a lot, so I'll respond with some quick answers and maybe others can chime in too. 1. Buying the kit will not exempt you from 'wood working'. But the wood is soft and easy to cut. Also, it's a simple frame to be covered, not a grandfather clock on display so it doesn't have to look perfect. 2. I paddle on the Hudson River too, but up around Albany/Troy so I don't see a lot of waves. You should be fine though if you're experienced in those conditions. I recently paddl
  13. Does anyone else see a red bearded pirate paddling the red boat in the bottom picture? Oh, btw, I like your Ravenswood.
  14. This idea may or may not help. I guess it needs to be verified. I built my Short Shot back in winter 2017 using loose weave polyester and three coats of Rustoleum. Because I had so much water coming in after just minutes, I added another coat of paint. It seemed to help a little, but was far from satisfactory. This past May (2018) I decided to add another coat, but with an emphasis on filling in the pores in the fabric. With a mini-roller I liberally applied paint to about 2 square feet. Then with a folded microfiber towel, I rubbed it in with a circular motion as if waxing a
  15. Cool! Looks good. I thought it was always summer there in SoCal.
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