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How to Save Naugahyde Skin on old Folbot Kayak

Submitted byteejay onTue, 08/11/2020 - 14:43

Hey folks!

My father and I are restoring my great grandfather's old Folbot kayak, circa 1981-ish. It has a wooden frame, naugahyde skin, and is non-folding. We're hoping to save and reattach the skin as it is in relatively good condition, although we need to find a way to remove it so we can continue disassembly in order to sand down and refinish the wooden frame.  

Restoring Old Wooden Folbot Kayak

Submitted byteejay onTue, 08/11/2020 - 14:41

Hey folks!

My father and I are restoring my great grandfather's old Folbot kayak, circa 1981-ish. It has a wooden frame, naugahyde skin, and is non-folding. We're hoping to save and reattach the skin as it is in relatively good condition, although we need to find a way to remove it so we can continue disassembly in order to sand down and refinish the wooden frame.  

Restoring Old Wooden Folbot Kayak

Submitted byteejay onTue, 08/11/2020 - 14:40

Hey folks!

My father and I are restoring my great grandfather's old Folbot kayak, circa 1981-ish. It has a wooden frame, naugahyde skin, and is non-folding. We're hoping to save and reattach the skin as it is in relatively good condition, although we need to find a way to remove it so we can continue disassembly in order to sand down and refinish the wooden frame.  

Pygmy Arctic Tern 14 performance

Submitted byjim onTue, 08/04/2020 - 15:57

I have had 30+ wooden kayaks over the past 20 years, most have been low volume Greenland type boats, but a few have been high speed racers and a few general use day boats. I recently saw some postings that categorized the Pygmy Arctic Tern 14 as a boat that a paddler would quickly grow out of. In my experience this is a boat that a beginner can certainly handle, but after many boats and many years of paddling, I still find this boat fun in all kinds of weather and fast enough to stay with most groups. What do you think.

Pygmy Boat value

Submitted byMattk onMon, 07/27/2020 - 16:07

Hi All,

I just built 2 Pygmy kayaks and I wanted to get them insured in case stolen.  The price was reasonable, ~$200/yr for both, but I need to get them appraised.  The requirements are that it has to be a "related business" (boat builder, boat repair, etc.), and must be able to provide an appraisal on company letterhead, with contact information.

Huge screw up

Submitted byBrad Grimm onThu, 07/02/2020 - 21:20

Yesterday I made a grievous error on my Waters Dancing Trillium 21.  My workspace is small, so I took the deck and hung it from the ceiling of the garage.  Seemed like a great solution to get it out of the way temporarily.  But I forgot to figure in the garage door opening.  The result is a full fracture on one side of the stern deck.  See photos.  EDIT:  Turns out I can't post pics, so here's a description:  The fracture is adjacent to the stern hatch opening, on one side only.  It is full thickness and the edges are separated, ie. completely broken.

Frej thoughts

Submitted byJohnAbercrombie onSun, 11/24/2019 - 11:52

George G asked me about Bjorn Thomassen's Frej design in the 'Basswood' thread.

https://www.thomassondesign.com/en/katalog/mina-kajaker/frej

I've built two Frej kayaks - one 16' and another longer 18' version for possible use on trips.

I like them both - they are quick, roll very easily and handle waves and wind well.

Spray Deck for Petrel S&G

Submitted bykoineboy onFri, 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!