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ShamblingBunyip

North Queensland Curlew

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I finished rigging my boat this morning and took her down to the Ross River in Townsville.launch3.thumb.png.58757b56ac4edbd40172f56e5d9ec257.png

 

She paddles well.  I couldn't remove the grin from my face!

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Final mass 17kg.  Frame: marine ply. Stringers: Queensland Maple.  Finish: marine varnish. 

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When I got back from paddling and started packing up this bloke came up the river paddling a sea kayak with a hand made Greenland paddle, he pulled up and started asking about my kayak which he recognised as a Kudzu craft.  Then his mates turned up:  they turned out to be the local Kayaking club and they invited me to join!

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Well done bloke  - looks bloody good from here.

 

That appears to be a nice protected bit of water out there. Is it as safe as it looks?

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1 hour ago, ShamblingBunyip said:

It is pretty good.  Cape Cleveland blocks the prevailing south -easterly and Magnetic Island is about 4km off shore to the east.

There is the odd salt water crock though.

What's the difference between an odd one and a normal one? :D

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Hi SB,

Your kayak looks fantastic.

I am about to build a stonefly canoe and am wondering if I can get the fabric in Melbourne or elsewhere in Oz. Did you buy yours in Australia or from the kudzu store. Also what finish did you use.

Thanks

Tony

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