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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.

CLC Hybrid Night Heron

Submitted by Pruhnke on Mon, 11/12/2018 - 11:22

I have a kit from Chesapeake Light Craft that I want to sell. I have been storing it for many years and have no time for this project. If anyone could recommend a place or site to sell it through that would be greatly appreciated. I have tried to sell it via Craigslist with no luck.

I live in Spring Grove, IL 60081. I seem to recall a place in either Fort Atkinson or Whitewater Wisconsin that held classes on canoe and kayak building classes. I went to the Chamber of Commerce website for both of these towns but could not find a listing.

strip questions

Submitted by Paul@water on Mon, 11/05/2018 - 01:48

I'm going to make a Mystic River Canoe from plans and was wondering how important it is to have 18' strips. Or, should I just attach smaller strips? I guess I can certainly mail order them if it comes to it although wonder if it is cheaper to mill my own..

I have a router table and tablet saw but it seems sort of difficult to put  a bead and cove in 18' strips.. but is this how it's done? On the other hand, if I connect a bunch of smaller strips, I imagine it will have color variations.

Kevlar Eddyline Falcon 16

Submitted by mjac on Thu, 11/01/2018 - 07:02

Don't know if these Forums are strictly for Building Kayaks, but is anyone familiar with the Kevlar Eddyline Falcon? I have found one for $800 and was wondering what ya'll think. Would like to build a Wooden Kayak just out of its appearance. But realistically, how do they compare in performance to modern materials?

Wood kayaks draw a crowd

Submitted by sbaxter on Tue, 10/30/2018 - 11:17

I had some unusual kayak admirers last week.  Full story on facebook  look at the moose images.   One of them even licked the kayak.  I think they wanted to eat the quaking aspen accents.  https://www.facebook.com/scott.baxter.397 I think they liked the quaking aspen accent


John Messinger RIP

Submitted by admin on Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:36

Some of you may remember John Messinger he was a prolific poster on the KayakForum.

Sadly he passed away during a kayak race yesterday. Another friend of mine was in the race reported that "He capsized with a mile to go and was face down in the water when we got to him less than a minute later.  Despite efforts of competitors, safety boat, EMT personnel, Life Star, etc. he was pronounced dead at Hartford Hospital. "

From Facebook:

Public Service Announcement - Bow lines

Submitted by frankp on Fri, 10/05/2018 - 15:09

I finished re-decking my S&G with a strip deck, new skeg and some other mods.  At the same time I re-skinned one of my SOFs.  Today I loaded them both up for rechristening.  Unfortunately, tragedy struck.  I have a bow line that I've had on my car wrapped up in the grill, all summer.  It decided to snap at ~60 mph today and my boats ripped the roof rack off my car.  Nothing I can't fix with respect to the boats, and luckily no one was following too closely so the only damage is to my roof rack and my boats.  

S&G Petrel - Fillets and Sanding Them

Submitted by koineboy on Wed, 10/03/2018 - 11:38



I'm building the Petrel S&G kit, and I glassed the hull successfully but not without several "Oh no!" moments.

I wasn't fast enough to lay fillets down the length of the boat and get the cloth in place and wetted out before the fillets kicked. I'm slow.

I want to put in the fillets one day and glass another. If I lightly sand the fillets, can I do this?





Thread for SOF

Submitted by frankp on Sun, 09/30/2018 - 23:15

I built a SOF kayak a while back that I skinned with a PVC skin.  Turns out that the way the skin fit the frame didn't allow me to get a good seal on all the seams and it took on a lot of water.  I was bilging every 15 minutes.  So, I've decided to reskin it with a nylon/polyester (not sure which) skin.  The skin is already treated and is incredibly light, I would say 6 or 7 ounces at most.