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My first build I wanted a good stable boat for photography purposes I have yet to see how well it goes launch day Saturday.

The stringers and trim are all made from Totara an indigenous wood that was traditionally used by the Maori for carving their dugouts from.

It is very durable and quite light albeit has a tendency to split. Hoping to be able to get to some interesting locations and do some water bird photography too.

Check out my photography at http://rodsphotoscapes.co.nz/




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3 hours ago, benhardt57 said:

Fine looking boat! I would suggest leaving your camera in the car for your first paddle. ;) You never know.


Your photos are exceptional!

Thanks yep Im going to get used to it first before committing expensive gear to it :lol:!


A back band is in the works 

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The boat looks great.  I like using slats instead of plywood for the sole too. They give a little where the most pressure is exerted, and little if any additional padding is needed.  Every little bit lower you sit adds stability.

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