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  1. Thanks Floating Finn. I am currently building a Ravenswood (very slowly) and don't intend to put hatches on that as it is going to be used a day boat. However am very interested in them for future builds.
  2. That translucent effect on the skin is very nice. How are you finding the paddling?
  3. Very nice. I rather like the soft light winter brings. We are heading into summer and solid water will be the least of our concerns ;-) Do you find the rear hatch is a help and worth the extra effort? (I Suppose it depends on how much you plan to carry and how often.)
  4. LOL Jeff, that's cheating. Although you are probably right.
  5. They look great together. I wonder what the record is for the most Kudzu Craft together at once?
  6. Hi Teasea I ordered the plywood from Boatcraft Pacific http://boatcraft.com.au/ . They have a number of distributors around the place. Have a look on their website and see if there is one near you. Being in Canberra, I needed to get it shipped here. They were great to deal with, answered all my questions and processed the order without delay. Be aware though, it’s not cheap stuff! Very nice to work with though and was able to get all frames from half a sheet, so that makes the price per kayak more reasonable.. As you are in Sydney, you might be able to have a look at
  7. As someone who is working basically with just hand tools, I find it interesting to see how this fully machined method of building is working. Certainly seems suited to this style of construction and gives a very nice finish. Also seems a fair bit faster, not that I'm jealous or anything ;-)
  8. Thanks Benhardt57, I looked at them early on in my selection process and might trial the ply at a later date. Problem was, I couldn't be sure the Baltic Birch they sold was the same as Jeff recommended. Heard lots of good things about the Hoop Pine so ended up going with that. So far it seems to be really nice to work with and the glue is definitely waterproof. Andy00, I promise I won't hang the kayak from my back fence. Having said that, it's amazing how much protection the tung oil gives the wood. The test sample really does look like new, with none of the dirty weathered appeara
  9. Earlier this year I put up a few posts regarding sourcing suitable plywood in Australia. I ended up going with Hoop Pine Marine ply and am currently cutting the frames for a Ravenswood. (Very slow progress I know, but that’s another story). At the time I thought some simple testing of the plywood might be in order, so I took 2 off-cuts and hung them on the back fence over winter. One was left raw, the other coated with 2 coats of pure tung oil. Winter here tends to have a lot of heavy fogs that hang around all morning and lots of nights below freezing. Once things get d
  10. Thanks Jeff. That sums up the information from different parts of your website very well. Will definitely help with my choice when I get to that point.
  11. Thanks Ben. For what it's worth, I have made up a couple of test samples of the Hoop Pine ply which I have hung on the back fence. One is just left raw, the other has been given a few coats of pure Tung oil. Thought the results in 6 months or a year or two might be of interest to those who have trouble getting the good Baltic Birch and are looking for an alternative. I'll do the first update in around 6 months.
  12. Looking at the offcuts, the void appears to close up again. In the only other frame affected the void is down to about 1 mm wide, so not an issue, although I will fill that with epoxy as well just the same. All other pieces look fine so onwards to the sanding. Thank you for the input. Lets see how many months it will take me before I can supply the mandatory FROG shot. Benhardt57, what's your ply? The Baltic Birch?
  13. You are right, a picture would help. Here is a shot of the end of the bow piece. It is the one that contains the larger void. As you can see, the void is right towards the pointy end. As such I don’t think there is much load on the ply at that point. Pity I couldn’t see it until the piece was cut or I would simply have moved the pattern along a small amount. Should be easy enough to epoxy fill. This is the plywood straight off the jig saw. No sanding has been done. As you can see, it cuts quite well
  14. Well it took more than the 2 weeks I had intended, however I was finally able to start cutting out the frames on the weekend. For those that are interested, the Hoop Pine ply cuts quite well with almost no splintering. I have found 2 internal voids, 1 about 1 mm wide (say, 1/32”) and the other about 6-7mm (say about 1/4”) wide. They are each near the end of a frame and should be easy to completely fill with a syringe filled with thickened epoxy so I don’t think I will need to cut new pieces. Of course if anybody thinks differently, this newbie would be very happy to hear. I also ga
  15. Nice. Is that a straight oil finish on the frame?
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