Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 19

Thread: Firelfy is finished!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    The Heart of Dixie
    Posts
    4,268

    Firelfy is finished!

    She goes to her new owner tonight for his first paddle in it. I slipped off and gave her a quick sea trial this morning just to make sure there were not surprises. I REALLY like this boat. I am afraid if I paddle it much I wouldn't want to give it to him.







    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.


    Kudzu Craft Lightweight Skin on frame Kayaks.
    Custom built boats and Kits

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Reno NV
    Posts
    13,361
    That red really pops on that boat.

    I really like the fancy hook on the front. That really makes it unique looking and adds a ton of character. Is it functional? I.e. does it help with the performance in any way, or is it purely decorative?

    Looks awesome!
    Programmer - An organism that turns coffee into software.
    If all your friends are exactly like you, What an un-interesting life it must be.
    "A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of" Ogden Nash


  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Posts
    13,450
    Great looking craft there Jeff, really like the color. Curious about the hook as well.
    Darren

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Posts
    11,833
    Looks like a real keeper to me.
    Same with the front design. It is a cultural design? Like Polynesian or sumptin'?
    How long is it? Looks very long.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    The Heart of Dixie
    Posts
    4,268
    It is called a bifurcated or bifid bow. Goes back at least as far as the 1600's when the Russians "discovered" the Aleut Indians. Of course the Indians didn't now they were lost. There is a lot of debate about how it came about and just how useful it is. Here is one thing I 'borrowed' on the bows.

    These craft were also noteworthy for their bifid, or bifurcated bow, which is useful both to extend the length of the craft (thus making it faster for a given human horsepower) and to provide just enough built-in flotation to help the bow rise to the seas. Although the bifid bow was not unique to the Aleuts, they did develop their own specialized design suited to the waters in which they lived and hunted

    I have always been fascinated with these boats and finally had a chance to design a modern version better suited to today's paddled and then build it.

    PS It is 18' 3" long and 22 or 23" wide. I have forgotten which. It's a long sucker but it really is quick with a strong paddler in it.
    Last edited by Jeff Horton; 09-01-2010 at 12:12 PM.
    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.


    Kudzu Craft Lightweight Skin on frame Kayaks.
    Custom built boats and Kits

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Central NY State
    Posts
    3,374
    Great looking boat.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    new york city burbs
    Posts
    10,188
    another homerun!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Plainwell, Michigan
    Posts
    4,857
    Man that thing is LONG Great color, great job

  9. #9
    WOW....beautiful work. My hat off to 'ya!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    North of Reno, NV...middle of the desert
    Posts
    1,930
    Nice work

Similar Threads

  1. Finished, more or less :)
    By Stephen Bellinger in forum Lathe Project Showcase
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 09-17-2013, 12:01 AM
  2. Home bar, stools, and sofa table for my son-FINISHED, FINISHED, HOOORAYYY!!!
    By allen levine in forum Flatwork Project Showcase
    Replies: 86
    Last Post: 09-18-2011, 03:36 PM
  3. I'm finished already!
    By Pete Jordan in forum Lathe Project Showcase
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-03-2009, 03:44 AM
  4. Is it finished?
    By Jim Burr in forum General Woodturning Q&A
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-02-2008, 09:51 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •