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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.

Plywood warping

Submitted by triad on Sat, 03/02/2019 - 13:32

Its been a while since I’ve been on this forum but hello again. I feel the older version was easier to use but I should stop complaining and get with it. 

Im currently building Eric’s Shearwater Hybrid 17 and I opted to cut my own hull pieces out of 4 mm marine plywood from Noahs Marine up here in Ontario, Canada. I’ve currently cut out and scarfed the pieces together over a couple months time. What I’m finding is the panels are warping and cupping. My hope is that after I stitch them together they will straighten. 

What is the best paddle for my new boat

Submitted by jboyd90 on Sun, 02/24/2019 - 16:55

Just picked up this kayak/canoe? I am a experienced kayaker. I picked up this bot for $100 a little while ago. Want to see what I can do with it in terms of multi day trips rather than my smaller kayak. Seems kind of like a hybrid, not sure what style paddle I should go with ex. traditional kayak double or a single canoe paddle. Any input is appreciated. I know its's ugly but I'm starting a family and its all my wife will let me play with right now. I expect to use it on rivers that in places have a nice 3mph current and in others wide w/ little to no current. Please advise, thanks.

Mahogany Kayak?

Submitted by Ralph Merriman on Sat, 02/23/2019 - 19:29

Hi All:

I was wondering if anyone out there has made a mahogany stripper.  I have made a number of strip kayaks, all from WRC.  I have several nice mahogany planks sitting in my garage and I have been wondering if I should try making a strip kayak, with the strips 1/8 thick.  

Has anyone made this work, or am I dooming myself to endless frustration?  





Little Auk hatch

Submitted by Cobblestone on Tue, 02/19/2019 - 14:21



Im building the 10' Little Auk.  I am almost completed with the stripping. I am having difficulty understanding the diagram in the plans for the cockpit opening?  I would like to use a recessed cockpit, stripping the other way for contrast, but I'm also having problems determining the layout out of the recessed area, and the cockpit area.  This is my first build, and if anybody could help that would be great- even a photo of a completed little auk would help.





Glacier Bay - Alaska

Submitted by Sharli on Mon, 01/28/2019 - 19:44

I was wondering if anyone has tested the self-made kayaks in some weather conditions like in the Glacier Bay.

I found an article about Glacier Bay in Alaska and I am fascinated to do such a trip, If possible with a self-made watercraft.

I like the iqyax design, but do not have the right drawings. If anyone can assist I will appreciate it.