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    Lets build a kayak

    Has not been much interest so I will probably not post much on it here. But I will keep something on my web site. But a quick update anyway.

    The search for a Kayak has lead me down a twisted path. I wanted plans for one. Couldn't find what I wanted. Found one close but I thought it was sort ugly. So I wanted to modify it some. Asked about software options to import the boat and just change the deck. Found it and did that. Then I started tweaking the hull some. Started learning more and more and became fascinated with boat design (well already was somewhat).

    Now I have finally settled on a design and it is one I ended up designing from scratch. With inspiration from the traditional Greenland boats. Here is the Lines Plans as of last night. I have someone Mentoring me and looking over my shoulder so speak. So we are tweaking the design now but expect to have it finalized in the next week or so.

    Will probably order supplies to start building this weekend or next week.

    To keep the details it has to be a wide image so I am just linking to the plans rather than posting them.

    WREN Lines Plan
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    I'm definitely interested in following the build. Please post reminders here and a link to where you are posting. The hull design looks pretty good to me!

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    Jeff,

    I'm interested in this as well. Please let us know how we can follow your progress...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Nice Fish

    A friend sent me this not sure if it is real of made up but either way.

    Build it both Real Strong and Real Fast.

    There are lotza good swimmers in the ocean, some with very large teeth!
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    I like it! Really nice, sleek lines.

    Will it be strips, stressed ply panels, both, or are you going to use glass? Any way you do it, it ought to be a great looking craft.

    Add me to the list of those interested in seeing progress shots - lots of them! - here instead of in a blog. I enjoyed your old iron restoration threads in the past, and of course Marty's workshop 'birth' thread. Something akin to those for the boat would be really neat!
    Jim D.
    Adapt, Improvise, Overcome!

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    I'm with Jim. Although I may not have anything to add other than attaboys, I'll be following along. My preference would also be to see it here, but I'll understand if you only want to point to your blog.
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    I am curious of your project. I have plans to build a strip canoe when I get room in the shop. Fascinating and fun build I would think.
    Simplicity is at the heart of so much that is fine.
    James Krenov

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    Hey Pete

    The whole story
    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

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    Jeff,

    You can count me in as another interested party. I look forward to observing your progress throughout this project.

    I can attest from personal experience that depending on what style of boat you choose to build, this may prove to be a significant challenge to your woodworking skills. I've build three stitch-n-tape style kayaks, two kayaks and one canoe cedar strip style boats, and one 12' lapstrake sailing dory all from offset sheets.

    If I may offer some advice, if you don't already own one, do yourself a favor and get a hold of a well tuned low angle block plane and learn to use (and sharpen it) well.

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    I will definitely follow your blog on this, but don't hesitate to put everything here.

    I was following one on another forum and was dissapointed to find that it ended just as the hull was being glassed......

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