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I've been running this build series on the Duckworks Facebook page if any of y'all are interested. The plans come from Duckworks. This little kayak will be towed behind Old Codger and used to explore little streams and coves that Codger is afraid to go into.

 

CHICK'S HAPPY HOUR KAYAK BUILD - Post #11

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Yep. Those and the Real Southern Sweet Tea. I may haveta pull up to the bank and get out to reach them. The kayak will only be for exploring the little creeks and coves that Old Codger is afraid to go into. Codger will tow the Kayak for me to use in those places. I'm trying to think of a cut name for it that will compliment Old Codger. Maybe "L'il Squirt"? I finished painting last night. Gotta turn it over and take pictures. Should be posted here later today.

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CHICK'S HAPPY HOUR KAYAK BUILD - Post #13
It's DONE ... (maybe)
May still paint the interior bottom where I get in, and where my feet rest. Varnish won't hold up there. And then there's always little doo-dads to add. Like drink holder. Clips to store my turtlin' net, etc. Oh, yes, gotta put the name on it. I'm leaning towards "Li'l Squirt".
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Finally got to try my Happy Hour Kayak. We went to Lake Adger, 45 minutes down the road from Hendersonville, NC where we live. I'm VERY pleased with it's performance. Easy to paddle with a surprising turn of speed. It tracks well when paddling, but is sensitive to wind when drifting. With a sweep stroke, it turns in it's own length. Great stability. I even caught a little river cooter (turtle) with my net. There's plenty of room for my cooler in the aft compartment.

 

Ready to go. Miss Debbie paddled the plastic kayak and took the pictures.

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I'll move the seat forward a bit next time. That will totally clear the transom and bring the bow down. Shallow here! Notice the heron standing behind me.

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Old guy looks happy.

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Bye, y'all.

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Back home and safely tucked away.
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Thanks rick. i was very pleased with it first time out. Did as well as my "Walmart special" plastic kayak.

Not for long trips, but great to poke around the little coves and creeks. Lotsa stability. Great for trying to net some turkles.

 

I'd like to build a couple of versions of it just for fun. A sailing version, and an electric with the motor mounted under the aft deck.

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On 9/29/2019 at 7:29 AM, Chick Ludwig said:

Thanks rick. i was very pleased with it first time out. Did as well as my "Walmart special" plastic kayak.

Not for long trips, but great to poke around the little coves and creeks. Lotsa stability. Great for trying to net some turkles.

 

I'd like to build a couple of versions of it just for fun. A sailing version, and an electric with the motor mounted under the aft deck.

 

 

hey Chick, you mention stabiity and i'm wondering how much you weigh/have loaded in her

 

being a certified LARDUSS BOTTOMUSS MAXIMUSS who is looking for a jaunty design forces me to ask 

 

as for the 2 versions ... why knot combine the 2 by building an electric rudder that utilizes the same mounting system as the rudder for the saiing version ?

 

Dynamite Payson built one many years ago and i can't find the article butt here are a couple pics of what i'm thinking

 

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if i find an attractive DIY kayak that will carry my weight i do plan to try my hand at making one myself

 

BON CHANCE

 

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Swoody, The designed capacity is 270#. Thee is a a2 ft. version in the works. i'm supposed to be building the prototype for the designer, but health issues have held up the project for a couple of months. It's capacity is 350#. I'll post the build here when I get to it. I think I will be working out some kind of drop-in steering and control unit with a removable electric motor.

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1 hour ago, Chick Ludwig said:

Swoody, The designed capacity is 270#. Thee is a a2 ft. version in the works. i'm supposed to be building the prototype for the designer, but health issues have held up the project for a couple of months. It's capacity is 350#. I'll post the build here when I get to it. I think I will be working out some kind of drop-in steering and control unit with a removable electric motor.

 

THAT'Z what i need

 

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many thanks

 

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