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The Forum Slide Show

Submitted by admin on Mon, 04/02/2018 - 11:37

So, I got the slide show working. I've placed it on a couple different pages. The slideshow currently shows a randomly selected set of 10 images at a time. There are more than 10 images available, and the next time you refresh the page a different selection of 10 images will be displayed.

You can add images to the slide show by following this link: Add Slide Show Image. It will have you upload an image and ask for a description. You can only add an image if you are a registered user.

Where is the Wood Source List we had on the past BB format?

Submitted by Rob Macks Laug… on Sat, 09/15/2018 - 16:16


Would you post the list of local wood sources folks so kindly submitted so builders around the country and around the world can have that resource?

All the best,

Rob Macks

Laughing Loon Custom Canoes & Kayaks




“Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.” - Alfred A. Montapert

Source for Pawlonia Or Alternative

Submitted by JimD777 on Mon, 09/10/2018 - 08:35

I know that I can get Pawlonia at Goose Bay Lumber in New Hampshire. It took nearly 3 hours to get there, and I was slightly disappointed at what they had in stock-mostly short lengths, and it looked like it had been in the rain a couple of years. I'd use something else, if I could find a good-looking light weight  similar wood.

How to design drip covering for inflatable kayak?

Submitted by Kayak042 on Tue, 09/04/2018 - 15:02


I can use some help.

I have a Sea Eagle 385FT inflatable kayak. I want to make some type of covering to cover the portion of the kayak in front of me above my legs when I paddle so that my legs will stay dry. I don't care about this in the summer - dripping water off the paddles keeps me cool - but I want to be on the water in the fall when the water temp is colder and I want to stay as dry and warm as possible at that time.

Kevlar tape

Submitted by JohnAbercrombie on Tue, 09/04/2018 - 11:25

In a thread about skegs, Howard said:

....the basic approach is 3/16 red cedar with 4 oz s glass inside and out, internal seam kevlar taped.....

I haven't used Kevlar seam tape, but I've noticed in a few commercial boats that have used it, that the tape doesn't wet at all clear and it looks like it's  more difficult to get the edges to lie flat, compared to glass taped boats from the same company (Mariner Kayaks Seattle).

Does anybody have experience working with Kevlar seam tape?

what's the latest thinking on retractable skegs?

Submitted by howard on Mon, 09/03/2018 - 22:39

hi all, 

its been  a while and i am working on a new project....a 90% frej (15 ft length and 19 inches beam) that i am trying to build up very light for my wife.

the basic approach is 3/16 red cedar with 4 oz s glass inside and out, internal seam kevlar taped,  keyhole cockpit and a target weight fully rigged of 22 lbs.

given the hull form, it looks pretty important to have a skeg and wanted to see if anybody had suggestions for good plans that are easy to build or a well constructed skeg that can be bought/installed.

My first kayak build

Submitted by tomcoates on Fri, 08/31/2018 - 12:58

Hi. I have been poring over lots of kayak building videos and all the information i can for the endeavor of building my own.  I have decided to build the S&G guillemont, not only because the plans are free but what amazing kayaks nick schade has built and the experience he has developing small craft. I hope to use it for some weekend excursions.  So the final details i have questions about are :

1) what thickness plywood can be used for this kayak?

2) can wood flour be used for thickening the epoxy on scarf joints?