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Another SOF

Discussion in 'Kayak' started by woodman, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. woodman

    woodman Well-Known Member

    I decided to create a SOF using the old challenger forms...It will need to have a keel stringer....
    A pic of my wood boat...
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    New frames cut and ready for the build....
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  2. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Interesting. Your formers remind me of stick model airplanes I made as a kid. Your kayak will likely fly about as well as these rubber band powered planes of mine did.
     
  3. woodman

    woodman Well-Known Member

    I really like looking at ,the skeleton, frame work of structures....

    The gunwale is lowered about 3'' so from the keel to the top of it is 5''(So the height of the side went from 8'' to 5'')

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    I moved ,what would have been, the original top of the side panel in creating a tumblehome side...hopefully for more wind resistance...the cockpit is 48'' long...

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  4. oldsparkey

    oldsparkey Well-Known Member

    Just looking at the frame work ( skeleton ) of the boat it looks like it is one fast and fun paddling boat. :D

    Chuck.
     
  5. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Industrial strength frame there.
     
  6. woodman

    woodman Well-Known Member

    It is always fun paddling a new boat.....This will be a good small lake flat water boat...adding a rudder being they work fantastic wile drifting with the wind etc..etc..
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    Will be interesting making this look right poking through the fabric...
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  7. woodman

    woodman Well-Known Member

    Oiled the frame...
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    Covered with 8 oz. pollyester...
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  8. woodman

    woodman Well-Known Member

    Stained and coated with helmsman's spar urathaine...
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    With the rudder ,seat and all, it weighs 30lbs....
    Had it out a few times and tracks real good without the rudder....
     
  9. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    I really like what you've done there. Very nice work.
     
  10. john the pom

    john the pom Well-Known Member

    That is really nice, I want one! Any chance of some detail on the technique and material you have used to lash the frame members together please.
    Cheers John.
     
  11. woodman

    woodman Well-Known Member

  12. FloatingBear

    FloatingBear Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the tip on the book I will be purchasing it. I loved your SOF Pirogue. I have one of those on my to build list.
     
  13. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Interesting. I suppose we can buy "sinew" from him?
     
  14. woodman

    woodman Well-Known Member

    A pic. of it on the lake...note the portable fish-depth finder on the side...
    Oh..Sinew.. yea ..Jeff carries that to...

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  15. woodman

    woodman Well-Known Member

    Rod holders....
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  16. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Nice work. I like it.

    If you are going to make one for your Grandkids, can I be your Grandson? (I don't think JD would mind. :wink: )
     
  17. hairymick01

    hairymick01 Well-Known Member

    G'day Woodman,

    That is a spectacular build mate. As others have said. "I want one!"

    Respectfully,


    Mick
     
  18. woodman

    woodman Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys...SOF boats are light, cheap and quick to build...so whats holding all you guys back?
     
  19. FloatingBear

    FloatingBear Well-Known Member

    Loving the boat. Got the book. Jeff must have shipped it the morning I ordered because it only took 4 days.

    How are you liking Jeffs Polyester??? I'm just not convinced yet that it will be strong enough and have enough puncture resistance. But I sure love the Idea of being able to use Minwax poly and or house paint!

    I will be starting on a Yost Sea Rider frame when I get home this evening.
     
  20. woodman

    woodman Well-Known Member

    The polyester is great..don't have to worry even when fishing around flooded timber etc...the keel stringer grinding on abrasive concrete launch ramps or sharp rocks is not to good...The Ozark streams have mostly rounded over river rock bottoms and mossy covered rock in places..again the keel stringer would need a rub strip ....and the fabric between the stringers might get the paint worn through but this polly. is tuf stuff.

    That sea rider only has a 19.5'' beam..man my narrowest boat is 22'' ...I'm thinking of doing a Point Bennett 17.5 with 21'' beam and converting to SOF...

    By the way ..arent you down in Arkansas...the wife has family in Fort Smith and Little Rock...
     

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