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  1. Thanks guys; Super helpful. She hasn't been in a skinny boat yet so, we'll start with the FreeB and if needed in the future we'll make the move to a more traditional, faster and narrower kayak. I do enjoy the building process and I am sure this won't be my last build. Wally
  2. I am going to build a FreeB for my grand daughter. She is 19 and maybe 110 pounds. She has paddled the Tupperware Boats and really likes the river trips we have in the area. No white water to worry about. Should we need to worry about weather or not she would need a spray skirt and the ability to roll? Can you roll a FreeB or is it to stable for that? If so, I will try to fine someone to teach the skills needed. l might have to build one for myself (66 years old) too so I can join her on some adventures. We have a lot of lakes and rivers to explore here in Wisconsin. Thank you Wally
  3. Thanks a bunch. I will check Horton's book out.
  4. Hey kids; I would like a skin on frame boat that I could stand up in. Don't like to sit while fishing and casting. Ideally a boat with a single oar sculling rig and rowing capabilities would be really cool. Something like a small drift boat would work just fine. I like to see where I am going. I will fish small lakes and rivers. Any ideas? Walter T
  5. very nice job Thank you Walter
  6. Great I ideas guys! Thank you Wally
  7. I will need to protect the stem and the keel with some sort of rub strip. I will have a fairly sharp bend to make and would like to know what materials might work for this. I have a bunch of ash and left over cedar. Some folks claim that ash rots quickly and cedar is to soft. Metal, plastic wood.....? Thanks in advance Walter
  8. Beautiful boat!! I will go with Tung oil. Thank you Walter
  9. So.... What would you suggest I use for the wood, brands?? I did a search for real varnish and there's bajillions of them that may or may not be (real) but then, most of the wood will be under the skin with only a little showing around the combing, floor boards and a small transom. Thank you Walter
  10. It is labeled as Marine spar-urethane with an oil modified-urethane and 49.5 percent solids so, it's not the real deal but, I will be using it and we'll see how it goes. Thanks for all the help. Wally
  11. OK folks; I just picked up my spar varnish and was wondering if I should thin the first couple of coats out a little so it will soak in better. Thank you Wally
  12. I'm working on the same thing and will be giving Rust-oleum Marine Spar varnish a try after reading a good review by someone that knows a whole lot more than me. I will be picking up my varnish on Thursday so we'll see............ Wally
  13. I haven't purchased my fabric yet. It was recommended that I use an 8 ounce polyester because of the ease of application. Now I don't know if that means it is an economy fabric or not, this is my first boat. What determines economy fabric.
  14. Awesome! Are there any brands in particular that one could recommend? Thank you Walter T
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