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    Eye Bolt Deflector

    Dave it is a new build. I will have to get to that post when I'm finished building. Jack I have never had a fish pull my line down enough to tangle or hang up on the top side. I guess it is possible. That would warrant another deflector on top or building the eye into the stem piece/batter...
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    Eye Bolt Deflector

    I usually have a eye bolt attached to the bow of my pirogue. I have had my fishing line snag between the eye of the bolt and the batter board. This has occurred when the wind blows the bow around or a fish pulls the line under it. I made this defector to cover the gap and hopefully allow the...
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    Another"Because, I wanted to build a paddle."

    No boat building during the Holiday Season, so I made another paddle. It is probably too short for serious work but it is what the wood I used, would give me.
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    A small Louisiana boat show organizing

    2019 event will be April 12,13, and 14. http://techeboatshow.com/
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    Reelfoot StumpJumper Boats

    Interesting design. Found this article that answered some questions I had about the boat. The rounded sides, pointed ends, and narrow floor contribute to its ability to negotiate through the stumps. https://www.arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/dale-calhoun
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    Making A Pattern

    Jack, I'm not sure if it was the paper or my tracing that was "aquiggley" but they didn't seem right to me. Not sure if the final patterns are accurate enough for stitch and glue building, but they will be ok for my needs. I will be able to make adjustments as I build to get the boat shaped as...
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    Making A Pattern

    Thinking of building a boat using strips, but not on forms. I don't build with plans so I would need a pattern to shape the sides and floor. Long way around but I ended up making patterns of patterns taken from a hull, built from the patterns. o_O I think that is what I did. Used roofing felt...
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    My Greenland Paddle

    Late posting this, but I made another "Greenland Paddle". Not sure why other than I had the board and it was started befor I tried the first one.
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    Poor Man's Fiberglass

    I tried to repair/reinforce a scarf joint in a plywood panel using PMF. It did not work well. My assessment of the experiment at this time is, it will provide a water proof and scuff resistant finish. i.e. canvas covered canoe. Fiberglass and epoxy will work better for providing structural...
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    Modified JEM Crawdad SS&G

    The boat looks very nice. The finish brings out the wood and craftsmanship. I,m glade you like the Rockite/epoxy coating. I also found out too much is not always better. I was once using Rockite/epoxy without graphite, and it came out very hard but not as smooth as I would like. I did not...
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    Poor Man's Fiberglass

    "Unlike fiberglass cloth, overlapped cotton cloth can not be feathered with the sander." A little more "spearimanting" has shown this can be overcome. Adding more glue over the seam/splice, letting it dry completely and then feathering it together with the sander makes for a smooth transition.
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    A Canoe/Pirogue Double Paddle

    " it may not rise much" I'm probably wrong about this. 5" of rain last night and today, and still coming down.
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    A Canoe/Pirogue Double Paddle

    Jack I did manage to catch 4 bass. They were running kind of small and were not just jumping in the boat. I took the lazy way out and went home early. It was windy and the grandson had a soccer game that night. Andy the water was a little higher on Dorcheat than I like for bass fishing...
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    A Canoe/Pirogue Double Paddle

    Made a short trip yesterday and discovered another plus for the longer paddle. There were no paddle drips in the boat and more importantly, non on my legs. That is a good thing in December.
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    Poor Man's Fiberglass

    "Spererimation" still on going, but a couple things stand out. Wood glue and/or paint primer will stick to foam insulation but not very well. It may be strong enough and has worked for some folks but I'm leery. Glued cloth to wood is much better, but takes a couple days to cure to max strength...
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    Poor Man's Fiberglass

    I do have some data but not near enough to draw many conclusions. You are correct about changes having consequences. Sometimes disastrous, sometimes for the better, and sometimes just not worth the work. A big factor in doing something "different" is figuring out what is good enough and/or is...
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    Poor Man's Fiberglass

    Anybody ever use this? https://www.instructables.com/id/Poor-Mans-Fiberglass-make-nearly-anything-weatherp/
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    A Canoe/Pirogue Double Paddle

    Forced myself to make a couple more fishing trips, just to test the paddle . :rolleyes: I have not came to a final conclusion, but the paddle seems to work very well. It appears to move the boat faster with about the same effort as my other paddles. The cadence feels different because of...
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    New Plank Pirogue Duckin Boat.

    Looking good!:) Thanks for posting. I enjoy seeing a boat come alive. bee
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    Mikes "17 lb pirogue"

    Probably like some of my "ideas". They are good but not worth the work and trouble it would take to make them into better ideas. Something different ofton shows us why things are done like they are. Time and usage usually weed out less than "better" ideas. It is a great boat as is because...