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Login problem

Submitted byJohnAbercrombie onSat, 06/22/2019 - 11:38

I usually stay logged in to this site, but this morning I needed to log in again, so I tried using the link at the upper right under the 'Search Form'.

I got an error:

Redirects to external URLs are not allowed by default, use \Drupal\Core\Routing\TrustedRedirectResponse for it.

This happened several times, until I switched to the 'box' link at the left side above the listing of post topics.



little auk design

Submitted byJon Parker onFri, 05/31/2019 - 17:35

Hi All

I'm hoping to build my first kayak soon and I have chosen a Little Auk for my introductory project (hopefully with a curved top deck if I can work out how to plot and make the forms !). I can't afford  plans so I'm working it out as I go. Is building the smaller version of the Great Auk just a matter of shortening the form spacings or is there more to it than that ? Any advice much appreciated...I have a feeling that I might become a regular visitor to this forum !!! 

Jon (Cardiff Wales)

Guillemot end forms

Submitted byPeter Harvey onThu, 05/09/2019 - 04:34

I’ve just started building a guillemot, using the info in Nick Schade’s book. I have a query on the end form lines as the keel depth on the end forms is deeper than it is on either of the forms against which it comes up against. What is the purpose of this edge or should I be planning it off so that it match the adjacent forms?


Any help/suggestions gratefully received

Just Starting: Attaching Forms to Strongback

Submitted byMichael74 onFri, 04/19/2019 - 08:35

I just ordered Great Auk kayak plans and read Nick’s book, “The Strip-Built Sea Kayak” as first steps.  I also ordered a 2x4x16 foot LVL construction beam to use as the strong back (I read that this was a better option than a 2x4 because it is more true).  My naive question is how I attach the forms with actual 2” by 4” cutouts to the LVL, which has 1 1/2” by 3 1/2” true dimensions.  Should I try to center a 1.5 x 3.5 inch hole on the form instead of cutout the 2x4 hole, or just try to shim the larger hole to the smaller LVL?

Best Kayak? Help Needed

Submitted byhuba_87 onTue, 08/07/2018 - 07:31

Hi there 

I am looking for a bit of wisdom...

I have a cobra expedition, which i find is a little too long for my needs and is not as agile as id like, 

I am looking for something thin lightweight, fast and agile and after a lot of research have come up with the following SOTs.

Triumph 13 (not as thin as id like but by all accounts seems like a good choice)

RTM Tempo Angler (a little more than id like to spend but reviews are good)

Wood selection for the hull

Submitted byScott Maschino onMon, 07/23/2018 - 22:39

I haven't built anything yet, but have been kicking the idea around for several years now. I've done a lot of looking, reading, watching and such. I understand that the "traditional" hull wood is red cedar. I tend to not follow tradition.  I have the opportunity to fell and mill some black walnut and should be able to get some long, straight 8/4 planks. Reading the bark, I have strong hopes that they should yield some long clear grain sections that could be used in a kayak. As well as a few sections that will likely have some curl.

Protect Your Feet with The Best Water Shoes for Kayaking

Submitted byrosaliecollins onFri, 06/01/2018 - 22:55

Do you have any water shoes made for kayaking? Or you don’t indeed put much thought into the shoes since you have no idea of them. read my article. Link Deleted