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  1. J

    SS&G No Plans Again!

    Looking great, Andy. It always amazes me how the cloth just disappears when saturated with epoxy.
  2. J

    Bicycling you would not believe. .

    Yes, he is an outstanding rider. Years ago, I saw him riding in an abandoned factory. He rode across a slack, 1" cable. Crazy abilities.
  3. J

    Stem Angle

    Not so obvious reason for a verticle bow and stern.........more waterline length for a given boat length. BUT, not so handy at going over obstacles and pushing up on shore. Not a concern for big, ocean-going vessels. In displacement craft, length is a big determining factor in speed. Most...
  4. J

    SS&G No Plans Again!

    Good idea about putting the center form back in. I found out the hard way that dried epoxy is NOT the same as cured epoxy.
  5. J

    Don't scorn me!

    Yeah, four foot waves and cinched into a tiny boat in cold water.......not my idea of fun. I'll stick to my flat water paddling. If I capsize, I get mad .....not dead. Although, a Cajun on a 10 foot boat could be taken as a tasty snack on a cracker by a 12 foot alligator.
  6. J

    Don't scorn me!

    I'll stay out of 15" waves. Been there in a pirogue and it is, indeed, exciting.
  7. J

    Don't scorn me!

    I paddled about a mile and a half this evening. I'm learning the speed it prefers to go. I'd say it's a good, brisk walking pace......maybe 3 mph. For the same amount of work, my 16 foot pirogue went about 3.6 mph. The Swamper kayak went about 4.3 mph. 1.3 mph difference for WILDLY...
  8. J

    Don't scorn me!

    I've come to the opinion that waterline width is THEE most important factor in stability. This boat has a waterline width very close to it's max beam. Can't really get more stability out of a hull than that. Now, people say that a wide, mostly flat bottom has a tendency to tip when leaned...
  9. J

    How Much Will My Boat Weigh?

    It's a general guideline. Can't make a 30lb. 16' boat with two 28lb pieces of plywood. Well.......maybe a REALLY skinny boat.
  10. J

    Don't scorn me!

    Bee, it's kinda hard to describe the bottom shape. Cross section-- fairly hard chines that start out concave with a 6" high by 6" deep rounded keel down the middle that narrows into a well rounded bow.
  11. J

    How Much Will My Boat Weigh?

    Bee, it's pretty close either way. Old school with wood gunnels, chines, etc without glass works out about the same as stitch and glue with a lot less lumber and the addition of epoxy and glass. The hull plywood makes up the biggest percentage of weight in a boat. Your mileage may vary. :D
  12. J

    Don't scorn me!

    Chuck, that sounds like a great idea for your situation. Easy to store in the off season too.
  13. J

    Don't scorn me!

    Beekeeper told me I should fess up. I bought a PLASTIC kayak! Yes, a bright lime green plastic kayak.......and it's great. I was just not in the right frame of mind to build anything right now. I had some mad money from selling a bonsai tree and doing some leatherwork and decided to...
  14. J

    How Much Will My Boat Weigh?

    Here is a little helpful hint I've noticed on my plywood pirogue builds. Find the weight of a 4 x 8 sheet of the ply you're using. Divide that by 8 and multiply that by the length of the finished boat. Example: 1/4" pine ply weighs about 28 lbs. That's 3.5 lbs per foot. 3.5 x 14 = 49...
  15. J

    "FlyPly" Canoe

    That's a smooth, slick-looking boat.
  16. J

    POCKET FARMING

    Yep, she's got .00125 horsepower. Vrooooom!
  17. J

    POCKET FARMING

    Does growing mulberries in a bonsai pot count?
  18. J

    Anchoring when fishing

    I find, even with zero current, a pirogue will continue to move even when you stop paddling unless you make an effort to stop all motion. It will slowly turn out of position or ease on past the perfect spot. I flyfish mostly, so I need to be a little more fussy about boat position. My thing...
  19. J

    Anchoring when fishing

    I tried drifting, but it seems all I get is one, MAYBE two good casts to a likely spot before it's gone. I like to hang around a good spot a little longer and cast to the bank and try different retrieves. I'll even cast parallel to the bank out in deeper water and let my fly sink down to 4...
  20. J

    Anchoring when fishing

    Pete, I never tried the trolley system. It seemed too cumbersome to me. My favorite is a 3-5# anchor dropped over the side with a single wrap around a jam cleat. 5 seconds to drop anchor and fasten. Maybe 10 seconds to weigh anchor. A handy item is a cleat attached to the inside gunnel at...