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Boats built with an open frame consisting of cross sections and longitudinal pieces, all covered with waterproofed fabric

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.

Willow Ribs

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

Hi,

   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

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.

Fast and stable flat-bottomed kayaks

Submitted by Rick.T on Wed, 11/21/2018 - 22:10

So, I’m about to start a new skin on frame kayak build, and I’m really fascinated with the Mackenzie River delta kayaks that the Inuvialuit built. I’ve never built one because money has been tight and I wasn’t sure if they would be a particularly useful rec boat. Then, I found a review of the Rockpool Taran 16, which seems to have a similar hull:

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.  

Skin on frame: doubts about the fabric and lashing line

Submitted by Pfolha on Tue, 08/28/2018 - 21:07

Hello everybody,

I'm Brazilian and only found info to build a SOF in English and Spanish, I am facing difficulties in finding the recommended material, sometimes because no one sells locally, other times because I am lost in translation. So I have two questions:

  1. I only found ballistic nylon pre-coated with PVC, PU or Acrylic resin, which one should I choose? 
  2. What is "artificial sinew"? Is it a nylon line?

Thanks in advance, 

Pedro

Sea Rover LC - too small for me?

Submitted by Lowcountry on Mon, 07/23/2018 - 16:24

Hi folks -

I'm building my first SOF and need some help with design selection.  I do have some (plastic) sea and whitewater kayak experience and a solid roll.  I currently mainly paddleboard on a generic 11 footer and usually go out and paddleboard 4-4.5mph for up to an hour.  Home waters are tidal rivers and inlets in the southeast, so currents and winds are a factor but no plans for big waves or beach surfing.  I want a beautiful fast sportscar of a kayak for fitness/touring paddling, generally 6-10 mile jaunts.  No plans to camp/overnight.

skin and cross section shape

Submitted by brillythekid on Mon, 05/14/2018 - 14:39

Hi Everyone, 

Building a folder, for the most part according to Tom Yost (Yoswerks) instructions.  On the site PVC is recommended for the skin; and the cross-sections/stations are somewhat concaved (1/2"-3/4"). 

I have nylon material available to me, so my question is this: I understand nylon expands\loosens in water, so would it make sense to leave the cross-sections straight without concaving them or concaving them less than with a PVC skin, or are the concaves in the cross sections advisable also with a nylon skin? 

Thanks!

What to do with an old boat frame

Submitted by Paul Montgomery on Sun, 05/06/2018 - 00:43

This week I combined boating and gardening by planting an old boat frame in my garden. In it's next life, it will become a bean trellis. I put together a video of stills that I took while making the boat and put it on the build pages.

http://paddleandoar.com/notebook/phoenix/index.php

unloaded Aleutian

Submitted by brillythekid on Fri, 05/04/2018 - 07:56

Hi Everyone, 

Intending to build an Aleutian type - I'd like the kayak for expedition use, but would also like it for day fun at the beach.  I'm too skinny (~5'10'', 135lbs) - would that be a contraindication for unloaded use of an Aleutian type for me? If so, any suggestions on building modifications or other suggestions, or not necessary? 

Thank you!