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    Default Trying my hand at kayak building

    Ive been messing about in my garage with some kayak building. Stitch and glue method. I have finished the fiber-glassing and am going to paint the underside and UV varnish the deck.. after putting on some fittings.. hatches and lines, long trailing lines.. for when I fall out!
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    Welcome to the Forum!
    That's a nice job you're doing.
    I'm curious about the mast hanging from the ceiling.
    Is there a boat that goes along with it?
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    I love the Greenland hull form, good choice.
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    Default Re: Trying my hand at kayak building

    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    Welcome to the Forum!
    That's a nice job you're doing.
    I'm curious about the mast hanging from the ceiling.
    Is there a boat that goes along with it?
    Thanks for the welcome Rich, the mast is from my first boat build which was a Glen-L Tango. I didn't make the mast, it was donated by a friend who said it was clogging up his garage. As I was building at the time he thought I might have a use for it. I took it apart, cleaned it up, re-glued it and revarnished it. Getting it just at that time was a great bit of luck. I leave it hanging in the garage now as that boat no longer gets used as much.
    The boat was named "Spirit" by my daughter and we had a good few years fun with it. However life and work got busy this last ten years so it has been kept under wraps and now that I am looking to return to sailing I think perhaps its no longer the boat I need.
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    Thanks Autonomus

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    Nice job on the kayak. The Tango looks great too!!!

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    What design did you choose for the kayak?

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    Thanks stumpbumper

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    Hi Rob, a sea kayak was what I was looking for, with a narrow profile and an appropriate rocker curve. That might sound like I know what I am talking about but really it's only what I have read. After looking at lots of drawings on the net I bought a set of plans labeled "sea kayak". It was only afterward when I had begun building and done a little reading I realised that I might have gotten lucky and landed myself with something reasonably easy to build and comfortable to use.

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