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    Developing VARDO kayak

    So you said you would be interested in seeing a SOF built so here you go. This is my latest design Vardo. Click here for more info on it. Assuming this boat has no surprises or disappointments me, my plan is to offer it as a kit. So this is the prototype and will help me determine any changes needed.

    Obviously the first part was the design of the boat. I will skip that part and just say I have been working on the boat design off and on for a three months.



    Once the design was finalized I created a set of offsets for the frames and draw them out on some cardboard. I don't draw out the actual frame, just the the critical points so I can visualize the frames better. This is surprising harder than you think. So it's better to mess up on paper and regardless how careful I am I always do.



    I take the cardboard sketches and layout the frames on some cheap plywood. Even after doing this many times it's still slow and so easy to make a mistake. it takes me a while to do this. Much of this is just done by eye and experience as I go.



    Once the frames are laid out I usually cut them in smaller pieces and take them to the bandsaw. I can do a much better job with the band saw than the jig saw. So I rough all these out and make the final cuts there.



    At the end of the day I have the outsides cut pretty close to size. I will go back and sand these and do some work with the rasp also. Still a good bit of work to have the outsides finished before they are finished.



    Tomorrow I start cutting the insides of the frames.

    Jeff
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    Thanks for posting this new project of yours Jeff, I'll look closely its evolution.

    A question if I may, what software do you use to draw your boats?
    Best regards,
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    Toni, I use FreeShip. It was originally a freeware program. Once the developer got it to where he wanted he went commercial with it and it is not Deft Ship. The free version is still out there you just have search around to find it.
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
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    Hey Jeff, it will be fun to watch another birth!

    You need a shop bot or some thing to cut these frames out for you
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    Really interesting. You need a shop cam to show us your progress
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    Nicely done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    You need a shop bot or some thing to cut these frames out for you
    No, I need to pay someone that has one so I don't have to mess with a CNC router. Lots less aggravation.

    Of course then I would need CAD and learn to use it.
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    Neat. I will be following this project for sure.

    I did some kayaking a few years back - enjoyed it a lot.

    Would be cool to build one...maybe in a few years...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
    No, I need to pay someone that has one so I don't have to mess with a CNC router. Lots less aggravation.

    Of course then I would need CAD and learn to use it.
    Don't think so, as you already have the sections, and I guess that you can export them into any vectorial standard format like dfx, hpgl, eps or others, you could take the file or files of the sections and have them plotted on paper at full size, then glue the paper on a masonite sheet and cut them to use as templates.

    There must be some copy and plotting shop somewhere near to you I hope. If not you could send me the file and I could send you back the plottings
    Best regards,
    Toni

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    Good luck man. I tried to do a canoe once...it didn't turn out so hot.
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