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Old 06-13-2009, 10:43 AM   #99
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Beautiful boat, Michael. Nice work!

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Old 06-13-2009, 11:52 AM   #100
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I am thinking about getting a Kayak for the wife and I...What to you think of the double seater...Hey Moostags, how do you like yours???
I'm 6'-4" tall and need a lot of leg room and have lower back prob's.
we both love to fish...is this a good choice for us.
The best advice comes from the ones that are out there doing it..........
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I'm 6' 1", also with back problems and I love to kayak. I have 3 boats, all sit on top Ocean Kayak brand. One is the Prowler which is specifically made for fishing. It has two rod holders, a rudder, and is supposedly wide and stable enough that you can stand on it to cast if you wish. I haven't wished to try that yet.

I say find a good used one and try it out. If it doesn't work out you can resell it and recoup your money. You may also consider renting a few different models to see what you may like.
Don't buy the cheapest one on the market...
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Old 06-13-2009, 11:54 AM   #101
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Anyone know of any good brackets that I could use on my Jeep Liberty, and use while Im towing my Airstream. I wanted something for the top of the Liberty. Any Ideas?
Check the Yakama and Thule websites.
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We have a 16' canoe/rowboat (glued lapstrake plywood-Tom Hill design/built) and a 11' double paddle canoe


WOW-- for those that don't know, Thomas J. Hill, from Vermont was one of the "guys" that was active in home built ultralight canoes and kayaks back in the 80's. He was my inspiration for starting to build back then, him and Dynamite Payson.

Hill wrote a book "Ultralight Boatbuilding" that I recommend for anyone interested in building.
Chris Kulczycki also has a few books for builders- "The Kayak Shop" and "The New Kayak Shop".
In my opinion these books are required reading for anyone wanting to build plywood light craft.

here's a few more pics of surfing up river-- the wood boat is as sturdy as the composites. Those guys think I'm "loopy" for doing what I do with my Chesapeake.
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Old 06-14-2009, 10:24 AM   #103
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Thanks, I'm glad someone recognized Tom's name and work. I think he's teaching at the Wooden Boat school in Maine. Judith (my wife) was director of a local Art Center and had Tom down in Florida for a couple of workshops in the late 80's. He built our canoe then, it's approaching it's 20th birthday. Almost to the vintage age. I've added some ribs to stiffen the hull for coastal rowing.

Doorgunner's book list is an great start toward building your own classic TPWC (truly personal water craft).

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Old 06-14-2009, 12:09 PM   #104
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I am thinking about getting a Kayak for the wife and I...What to you think of the double seater...Hey Moostags, how do you like yours???
I'm 6'-4" tall and need a lot of leg room and have lower back prob's.
we both love to fish...is this a good choice for us.
The best advice comes from the ones that are out there doing it..........
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We like ours a lot. We bring her everywhere and use her often. If we had our druthers and could carry them, I think we might opt for two singles instead of the tandem. We do very much like the Hobie Mirage Drive. It really moves you along and gives a lower body workout. You can also paddle if you wish or the water becomes too shallow for peddling. We are not fisherman, so I can't comment on that use.

Our tandem Hobie weighs 69# stripped for travel. We use a Thule Hullavator to get her up and down from the Suburban. This works well for us, even though the Hullavator is somewhat pricey (about $450). On the other hand the Hullavator is dirt cheap compared to back surgery.

We also use a Thule cargo box for all the kayak stuff. By the time you load the seats, life jackets, paddles, Mirage Drives, portage wheels, warning flag, ama kit, kayaking clothes, water proof boxes, and wash down tank, the box is full. If we had to put all of these things in the Suburban, SuEllyn would have to stay home.

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here is a little something for the kayak lover. Is it considered crazy if you are highly skilled?
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here is a little something for the kayak lover. Is it considered crazy if you are highly skilled?
Really cool, but a tad bit above my skill level.

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Old 06-15-2009, 08:51 AM   #107
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A few photos from this weekend at Moraine View State Park, IL.


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I'm about to pull the trigger and get a 10' recreational (starter) kayak. Back issues have necessitated hanging up the running shoes. Some previous experience fishing from a friends ocean kayaks on the Sea of Cortez. What a blast.
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ZEP- this is my favorite tool ! and a boat builder without clamps is like- well - like struggling. "o_O"
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I've got a small block plane and lots of clamps, but mostly big. I definitely need more small clamps. Let's see, there's a Harbor Freight up near BEDFORD's place, and I could stop by and take photos of his progress on the Ambassador!

My 2" wide peel-ply should arrive today so I can start putting the individual panels together!

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My 2" wide peel-ply should arrive today so I can start putting the individual panels together!

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I don't need no stinkin peel-ply!!!

p-ply is the down side of using epoxy that blushes. just slap in on when the epoxy is wet and when it cures just rip it off like a band aid ! no sanding.

Get lotsa sandpaper you're gonna need it. for the rest of the hull.

Looks like Howie has clamps that glow in the dark--kinda cool.

also you can make clamps from pvc pipe. cut the pipe in about 1-3 inch sections, then slit them so they can be spread. different sizes pipe for different holding strength. Just make sure you do not starve the joint by applying too much pressure and excess squeeze out.

BTW-- Malone Racks has some other racks worth looking at, they have an inflatable system that would get a piece of plywood home on the roof of the family sedan. and a cheaper, no frills system like the hullavator.
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