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    A Long Way Around, a Pirouge Build

    Thanks Joey. Chuck is wright, you can't have too many. For a time I searched hard for bargains, and used coupons, and gift cards to get enough. I Don't remember why so many in this picture, but I tend to overdo.
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    Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

    Glad you had a good trip. Unless I missed something in your report, no fishing?:confused:
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    A Long Way Around, a Pirouge Build

    More work and a little progress. Installed the top rail. It is a little different from some I have made but I was pleased with its look. I have been lax in taking pictures so I will have to post more later. The boat is painted and waiting for the bottom protection.
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    A Preacher

    I have one of those also. Made it just for this build but forgot to post a picture. I actually managed to misaligned one nail using it. My fault I thought it was telling me wrong so I did it my way. Wrong! :oops:
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    A Long Way Around, a Pirouge Build

    You can cut the chines at the same angle full length if you build traditional, sides together and spread befor adding the bottom. You simply plane the logs flat before attaching the floor. You also have to have a pattern or plans to set the shape of the sides to get a particular shape and...
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    A Long Way Around, a Pirouge Build

    I will install at least one bottom rib, it's location determined by where the new chair fits. If the floor isn't stiff enough after that I will add another one. So far I have not had an issue doing it that way. I only started this adventure to get an accurate pattern so I could build in the...
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    A Long Way Around, a Pirouge Build

    This where the long way around starts. Tried to place the plywood sides onto the forms and it will not fit. Problem turns out to be that plywood fares different than luan. Seedtick said it is same issue with building with lumber. You can't copy a plywood design because the boards don't bend...
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    A Preacher

    When nailing the sides or floor to the chine logs a preacher will help keep you "straight". Made this one for the sides. It angles the nail so it does not split out and it can also be used as a guid to space the nails. Nails started and ready to be set.
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    A Long Way Around, a Pirouge Build

    After mounting the forms to the stations they were adjusted for level and rocker using the luan side for a pattern. Next I glued the chine logs to the plywood sides copied from the luan pattern. After the glue dried they were turned over and nailed with 3/4" stainless ring shank nails.
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    A Long Way Around, a Pirouge Build

    Joey you may have time to finish a couple boats by the time this adventure is over. The forms I fitted to the luan boat were made from left over scrap wood, so I had to make new ones that would fit the strong-back. Each one had to be notched for the chine log. I made covers for the notches so...
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    A Long Way Around, a Pirouge Build

    Andy and Joey's last builds contributed to my journey down this road. Many ways to build a pirogue. All have their plus's and minus's. Too much typing to go down that road here. I like to put the chine log on the floor and set the rocker as I want. The sides are fitted to the bottom and...
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    Perfect vs good enough

    Also true "Good enough is the enemy of better." Everything about "Perfect vs Good Enough" seems to be relative to our criteria (what game we play).
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    Perfect vs good enough

    I have had so many thoughts about this subject I have resisted posting. I don't like to type that much. I don't see an issue. Either perfect, or good enough can be OK. It just depends on what game you want to play. There seems to be four aspects of boat building, fit, finish, form,and...
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    Pirogue fishing in Kansas?

    I'm glad you had a chance to fish. Looks like very fishy water. Any small mouth bass?
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    Happy Hour Kayak finally wet

    Very nice looking little boat. You could probably add the skeg now and have a serviceable boat. The "chaland" I built had a skeg and it behaved pretty well for a short boat with a lot of rocker. I did not use it enough to know if the skeg had any negative aspects for my use.
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    Stitch and Glue No Plans

    We tend to recognize that boat designs have evolved into what they are today but often fail to notice that they are still continuing to change. Whether we choose traditional, current, or"next best thing" depends on what game we choose to play. Two biggest influences I see effecting paddling...
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    Got To Love Pirogue Fishing

    Three years latter on the same part of the Bayou another pre Father's Day trip and I caught this one: We did not catch the numbers we had on the first trip but one fish like this makes it special. P.S. For any sharp eye observers the date on my camera was wrong.
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    Crawfish Paddle

    They are "over designed/made" for what is needed to stir crawfish but that would be too easy. A little longer here or a little wider there and they would work fine for boat paddling. I can make the most simple project into a bigger undertaking. Borrowed a 2X4 from my neighbor. After cutting...
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    Stitch and Glue No Plans

    Boats always look even better on the water. Every boat is a compromise. Making those compromises fit your goals/criteria is the fun part of designing and building it your way. Sometimes we have to compromise our usage (leaving the ice chest) because of those changes. The more we require from...
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    Crawfish Paddle

    After 7 years of hot water and crawfish seasoning this one needed retiring, so I made a couple new ones. Made from pine "box store" 2 X 4 but I like the figure in the wood.