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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.

Willow Ribs

Submitted by John VanBuren on Sun, 12/30/2018 - 06:39


   Has anyone tried using willow or red dogwood shoots on a SOF kayak? Hillary Russell shows them in his book on building SOF Double Paddle Canoes. The technique interests me since I have seen some red dogwood growing along our local roads here in Greene County, NY.

John VB

Pigmy Kayak

Submitted by Randy on Sun, 12/23/2018 - 15:04

I am working very hard to get my plane ready to cover by spring. I also have to 'acquire' a kayak for my wife by spring, build or buy. (5'3" 125 lbs.) Not crazy about buying and very limited build time so I am considering a Pigmy kit that I could do part time and have completed by spring.

I don't remember seeing any comments on this forum about Pigmy kits or the quality of completed boats so, all comments welcome and appreciated

Thank you,

Tom Yost Multi chine Skin on Frame - Sea Pup Build Log

Submitted by Myrl Tanton on Fri, 12/21/2018 - 12:43

Hi guys, 

It has been a while...Hope everyone is doing well for the upcoming Christmas.  

Here is a copy of my experience building the Multi-Chine Skin on frame (wood and PVC cloth) Sea Pup.

Christmas tool wish list (join in)

Submitted by JayBabina on Wed, 12/19/2018 - 15:30

Since the forum has been dormant.... Here's my Santa wish list tool. Its one of those things you hardly ever need so you never bought but would love to have on occasion.

12 inch, table top disc sander.

kayak couture part whatever.....

Submitted by howard on Sat, 12/08/2018 - 19:47

well today i finished the epoxy work on the boat (frej 90 15 feet long 19 inches wide)....so it is all seamed, bulkheads installed, skeg in, internal rigging points completed....so the only thing left now is finish sanding, varnish, seat, back-band and rigging.   so will be taking a couple months off during the winter until i can start work again in the spring....it should be quick work at that time.

Pygmy Osprey Triple/Ddouble

Submitted by Marcel on Fri, 12/07/2018 - 06:58


is there anyone, who has build the Osprey triple or double using the plans published in Woodenboat magazine?

I really need some advices.

Advices from someone build the Double/triple from a plan or kit could be very helpful too.

Main question left are:

- Is the spacer height 6.5" for all 3 spacers?
- Have the spacers to be aligned with the sheer line?
- Are the measurements given on the tempory frames (67 1/8; 132 5/8; 187 1/8) referenced to the bow tip or to the plywood plate like the offsets?




Submitted by Etienne Muller on Sun, 12/02/2018 - 05:35

Skelligs and Blasket island trips

Sorry Guys, I realise I hijacked a thread earlier, so I am postin a new thread.

Here are a couple of galleries of trips a couple of years ago to the Skellig islands an the Blasket Iskands, off the Irish West coast, for those who have not seen them and may be interested.


KayaLeg & KayaArm Stabilizing devices for launching a kayak

Submitted by KayaArm - KayaLeg on Thu, 11/29/2018 - 21:35

My dad an Engineer invented two devices for stabilizing a kayak to make getting in and out of a kayak easier.  The first device KayaArm was invented and patented by my dad after my parents bought kayaks and my mom went for a bad swim and became extremely reluctant to join him for early morning and evening kayak trips (as they say necessity is the mother of invention).   After many prototypes he worked with a specialty aluminum fabrication shop in Canada and started selling them on the internet.  A guy who built a kayak using the information on this forum bought a KayaArm for his dock.  He s