DIY boats

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Re: DIY boats

Postby Mister Krabs » Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:24 pm

I've always thought that the geodesic aerolite boats look like a really cool DIY project http://gaboats.com/. They're for them UL gramweenie canoe trippers! :lol:

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Re: DIY boats

Postby DarenN » Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:25 pm

this pic (cr Dan Milsip) has four Pygmy kits, a strip built Bear Mountain Endevour, and two that i built (the two on the far right).

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Re: DIY boats

Postby DarenN » Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:35 pm

Mister Krabs wrote:I've always thought that the geodesic aerolite boats look like a really cool DIY project http://gaboats.com/. They're for them UL gramweenie canoe trippers! :lol:

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those GA boats are REALLY light.
they are not particularly durable however. the ultralight framework and very thin skin don't allow for beach landings/launchings. the real beauty in the design is the use of kevlar roving (you can see it crisscrossing under the skin) to reinforce the structure. i may have to build one someday just cause. ;)

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Re: DIY boats

Postby Mister Krabs » Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:55 pm

It may not be durable, but you can patch it with duct tape!
It would be awesome for a summertime trip where you didn't mind getting your feet wet.

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Re: DIY boats

Postby DarenN » Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:04 pm

Mister Krabs wrote:It may not be durable, but you can patch it with duct tape!
It would be awesome for a summertime trip where you didn't mind getting your feet wet.


Chota mukluks make for nice warm and dry feets. :mrgreen: not the best for walking but they sure are great for paddling.

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Re: DIY boats

Postby DarenN » Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:13 pm

found an old pic of the inside of my shop with two long forgotten boats on the wall. the top one is SOF (bow facing away). the bottom is an unfinished cedar strip (bow facing towards).

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Re: DIY boats

Postby Ridgerunner » Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:44 am

Those kayaks made with the cedar stripping are beautiful. The is just something special about a natural finished wooden boat ! ;)
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Re: DIY boats

Postby DarenN » Sun Jan 25, 2009 9:19 pm

Ridgerunner wrote:Those kayaks made with the cedar stripping are beautiful. The is just something special about a natural finished wooden boat ! ;)


i found a pic of that kayak finished and ready to go.
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Re: DIY boats

Postby Ridgerunner » Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:19 am

DarenN wrote:
Ridgerunner wrote:Those kayaks made with the cedar stripping are beautiful. The is just something special about a natural finished wooden boat ! ;)


i found a pic of that kayak finished and ready to go.
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EXQUISITE !!!!!!! Does it have a couple hatches that you can barely tell exist ?
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Re: DIY boats

Postby DarenN » Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:35 am

that boat has three hatches. if you look back at the pic of the boat on the wall, you can see them. the hatch covers are held on by a system of bungie cords and hooks from the inside. each hatch is it's own sealed, water-tight compartment.

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