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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.

Spray Deck for Petrel S&G

Submitted by koineboy on Fri, 11/15/2019 - 18:14

I’ve built the Petrel S&G and purchased the skirt CLC advertises as the one that fits the Petrel, but the cord in the skirt is way too thick to squeeze into the narrow gap at 8&4 o’clock on the combing. Any ideas on what skirt fits this boat? Please help!

Double Layer

Submitted by bug_hunter on Tue, 11/12/2019 - 16:20

Hey Guys,

New question, new topic.

I am considering a double layer of 4oz fabric on the hull bottom for some added protection.  I think some call it a football. What is the process.  As an knowledge-less rookie, I would wetout and install the football, let it partially cure, do a little sanding, wetout and install a full sheet covering the entire hull, let it partially cure, place a fill coat, then a final coat.

Any thoughts/insight would be appreciated.



Free Guillemot S&G - offsets vs free PDF plans, and a qtn.

Submitted by Myrl Tanton on Sun, 10/27/2019 - 20:09

HI guys, 

I've cut out the panels for Nick's free S&G.   years ago I build a Hybrid S&G hull and strip deck.   So I'm going to build two more,  a slightly larger one for me (deck height only) for better foot room. and leg room, and one for my daughter.   I've got the panels cut, and they look pretty good to my eye.  

At this point  have one comment and one question.

Installing Kajak Sport skeg box

Submitted by JohnAbercrombie on Sun, 10/20/2019 - 18:07

The install of the KS System 4 'rope control' skeg is 'on hold' right now as the 'Optional Adapter Box' is back-ordered.

So that's my first bit of info: Unlike the KS cable control skeg 'kit' which had everything I needed for an install when I bought it a few years ago, the newer System 4 line control kit doesn't include the 'box' which goes inside the kayak and is required to make the control box waterproof.

Make sure you include it with your order!

newbe ?? on varnishes and bubbles

Submitted by Will_S on Wed, 10/16/2019 - 14:10

While I've built 5 S&G boats, I know very little about how to varnish them; I just blindly did as I was told. That's no longer satisfactory. Lately I've been reading forums, etc, about the subject but I still have a couple unresolved questions. And I think the answers would be of interest to other builders.

Modifying my Avocet series to fit my age

Submitted by sbaxter on Fri, 09/20/2019 - 14:17

I have modified my Avocet series of boats to fit my needs as I get older. The cockpits are longer for starters. I used to tune my boats for reasonably high speed now I am tuning them to 3.5 to 4.5 knots. To do that I have made my boats less full (I used to design very full boats keeping them full almost to the tips with gentle curves which gave me very good high speed efficiency) reducing bow width by about 2.5 inches at waterline and overall and stern width by about 1.2 inches. I made the boats about .5" wider at the widest point.