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    Next project?

    This is or rather was my Nieces boat. We had big plans of getting both our boats built and doing some paddling this summer. Well this is far as hers got. I got tired of it being in my way and I put up here while I waited on her. I finally made a comment to her which made her mad. That was sort of the idea. I wanted to see if she was serious or had lost interest. Summer is over and she hasn't shown back up, pretty much answers that question.

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    I have waited long enough. She has started college now so I have given up. The boat has been renamed to 'WasGonaB'. That was my wife's idea and I loved it. Perfect name!

    I was going to start another new boat but I have been thinking for a couple weeks now about this project. I am thinking that I might just pull it down and finish it. Still a lot of work to be done to it but there is a good start made. Besides cold weather is coming and I need a good winter project. Right?
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    Change of plans. Going to build this instead... or a something really close. Imported the design into FreeShip! and playing around with some changes to it.

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    How much different is the new plan from the partially built one?
    Don

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    A lot Don. The one I am going to go with is Skin on Frame boat. You build a skeleton frame and then skin it with synthetic fabric. Like Nylon or Polyester. I have not built a skin boat but what I read I can build it about 1/3 time it would take to finish that ply boat. Cost is less too.

    Been playing around with another design tonight. It's a little bit bigger and more stable. It based on Tom's Sea Cruiser plans.

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    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
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    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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    Jeff, I am looking forward to seeing the new kayak. From the drawings the lines look nice. I couldn't make out the last sketch up, what is the length and beam of this one?
    Don

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    The Sea Cruiser is about 17.5" long and 22" wide.
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
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    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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    did ya ever get the entertainment centr done jeff? if so i missed the finalle the last thing i read was where you had to take apart your tenons and reglue them..
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    For the skin on Frame, do you coat the fabric with fiberglass or something?

    How fragile are they compared to the plywood boats?

    Just curious...
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    did ya ever get the entertainment centr done jeff?
    Nope, really close thought. I needeed some poplar for the drawers. Have most everyone else done. Sanding it getting it ready to spray on the finish.

    I now have the poplar and draw slides so I can build the drawers. I have had a lot of interruptions on this one or it would have been done 2 months ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    For the skin on Frame, do you coat the fabric with fiberglass or something?

    How fragile are they compared to the plywood boats?.
    You have to coat them to make them waterproof. Many different coatings, but ZAR Poly based Varnish is the one of the best from what I read. Main thing is a UV protective coating. As for toughness, they are much tougher than you would think. Bullet proof vests are (were?) made with layers of nylon.

    Yes you can damage them, but it's not easy. I read about a fellow that made some 12" square panels, coated them in 8oz. Nylon and gave them the "Grandson test"

    I gave my grandson, Michael,free rein with two screwdrivers on the same panels,to do whatever he liked. He stabbed at the nylon,with all he had,with both points and only made 2 or 3 holes.There were,however,lots of scrapes
    and gouges (out of approx.30 attempts), mostly chipping the finish.


    If it can pass the 'Grandson' test I am not worried. Besides a little duct tape and your good to go.
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
    the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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    I guess I had pictured them being made with some light type of nylon, like a tent. From what you are saying it's probably thicker than that?

    That would make sense. So, in addition to the varnish, do you paint it?

    Sure sounds like a fun project. I still have dreams someday of building a kayak or a canoe.

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