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Firefly Kayak ready to launch

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Here are several pictures of the Kudzu Firefly kayak that I just finished building. She is covered with the premium fabric and 3 coats of oil base paint. The frame is constructed with western red cedar and Baltic marine plywood. The wood was stained a medium red mahogany color followed with three coats of satin marine oil base varnish. Her finished weight is 34 pounds. This is my third Kudzu boat. The first was a Vardo kayak, followed with a Stonefly canoe!! Not sure what my next build will be.  











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