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    Resized Kayak Paddle Blade

    To me it is almost wrong to use "fast" and "paddle" in the same discussion. "Fast" calls for a motor. Fast means "easier" to me when discussing our paddle powered wooden boats. I tried the Greenland type paddles and did not become a fan. May have been too little resistance. May work well for...
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    Bayou Diversity

    I posted the link. It works fine for me. I don't know why it does not work for you. You may try typing in www.bayou-diversity.com instead of trying to link from my post. If it is not working for others I will take it down.
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    Bayou Diversity

    Interesting information and history. https://www.bayou-diversity.com/
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    Resized Kayak Paddle Blade

    A good paddle or boat design may help us catch more fish or not. I have learned there are so many variables in fishing and/or boating that absolutes seldom exist. Olympian kayaking may narrow the field of needs to the point of making an improvement in design possible. That does not mean that...
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    Resized Kayak Paddle Blade

    I decided to lengthen this paddle like the "canoe double paddle I have been using. The second one from the right is my normal every day paddle. The one on the right is my granddaughter's shown for comparison. I have only used it on one trip but it works well. The slimmer blade reduces the...
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    Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

    "I was born in a log cabin that I had built by myself.":) I remember that. :rolleyes:
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    Tales from the Log of the Ruptured Duck

    Another benefit of your Bike for Books program is the life lesson, "The harder you work (read more books) the better your chances of succeeding are." Your logging and sawmill experiences mirror those used here in south Louisiana. My grandfathers house was built from logs cut, loaded and milled...
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    Not an Uncle John Pirogue Seat

    Jack I cheated and started with the ban saw. There was still several hours of hand work. Only worth it because it was my Dad's. None of the replacement handles were the correct length nor did they fit the hands as well. The handle I replaced was hand made by someone who knew axes, not by a...
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    Pirogue Built From Pattern

    Thanks guys. I never intended to build this boat but since I had it started, why not? Cheap wood , mistakes and poor planning made it a challenging build. All boats look better in the water and I was pleased it floated. New owners took it for the maiden voyage and even managed to properly...
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    Pirogue Built From Pattern

    I made a pattern of my truck boat. To check the accuracy of the pattern, I cut out some cheap plywood and glued the sides and floor together. Even though things were not perfect I decided to complete the boat. https://www.southernpaddler.com/community/threads/making-a-pattern.10668/ If I had...
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    Pirogue Seat: A Proto Model

    Two thin boards with glue between them, bent and clamped around a form. I did use wider boards for the back rest slats. This reduced the number of trips to the forms and I like the look of fewer slats. I don't feel like the wider slats are strong enough for the chair bottom. This chair is...
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    Pirogue Seat: A Proto Model

    Made another seat. I could not decide what color to paint it so I clear coated it. Not best wood but I can paint over it when I decide what boat it will be used in.
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    Not an Uncle John Pirogue Seat

    My Dad's axe handle was showing some age. Because it was hand made and balanced better than a store bought one, I bought a hickory board and attempted to duplicate the old handle. I will never be as skillful with the axe as my dad was but at least it still has the same balance and feel.
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    Back to a Normal Life!

    Glad you are doing better. Boat building and fishing will lift one's spirit. Winds in Texas must be different than Louisiana. I never seem to find one that pushes me to the landing.:rolleyes:
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    Scrap Brazillian Mesquite

    After rereading all the post I believe you had two questions. One was, would a pirogue be a good platform for "inshore waters etc." with my stability and health issues? Normally a pirogue would be an excellent choice for these conditions but probably not for your circumstances. Based on the...
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    Scrap Brazillian Mesquite

    Stability is related to how much force it takes to capsize. Our perception of that experience is something else. Your ability to deal with those forces will be different from others. Hard to compare apples to oranges. Our generalized statements and personal opinions may not answer your...
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    Scrap Brazillian Mesquite

    The soft chine pirogue I built was more squirrelly than the hard chine boats. It was as stable overall but not as comfortable because your body was having to adjust to the rocking motion. It paddled well but was not a solid feel when casting or other activity. The canoe was probably acting in...
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    Scrap Brazillian Mesquite

    Looking for "a stable platform" will require a bit more information. What kind of canoe did you find not stable enough? Length, beam, floor width, and seat height, etc.? Looking at your post I will guess your seating height will determine the design best suited for your use. What is the...
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    Found you again

    Welcome back to the forum.
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    Another"Because, I wanted to build a paddle."

    Grandson has outgrown it. Seems only yesterday this one would have been too large. Now he needs a full grown one.