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"FlyPly" Canoe

beekeeper

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A very different way of building. Very clean lines and lightweight. Not my kind of building but I like it.

 
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Kayak Jack

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He is a very imaginative, and skilled builder. I almost expected to see two, or three, longitudinal slats glued along the center half of the floor. Dapper Al would likely have a keel strip glued along the mid portion of the outside. He likes a keel on his Puddle Ducks, and I would be cautious about protecting the central bottom of that thin hull.

The need for accuracy in cutting those gores is impossible to over emphasize. A sixtyfourth of an inch difference would be bad.

A beautiful, very light weight hull.
 
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BEARS BUDDY

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Radisson canoes are done in aluminum with that method of forming. They leave the welds a bit rough and paint it to resemble a bark canoe. The gauge of the metal is extremely thin.
 

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They always impressed me as a boat built in a dirt floor garage.

By a guy who made it through third grade - the second time.

Who drank a case of beer while building the boat.
 
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BEARS BUDDY

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They always impressed me as a boat built in a dirt floor garage.

By a guy who made it through third grade - the second time.

Who drank a case of beer while building the boat.
Only a case? Piker! Regardless, they sell a ton of them. I don't particularly care for the rough seams but the distortions are a part of the forming process. If the cuts were to be spaced as close as the cuts on the fly ply it would flow much more smoothly.
 
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