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Kayak Jack

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Hi, Seedtick, always good to hear from you. Boats built with sides of different thicknesses could have different needs. But if no thwarts works, press on. You're probably a lot better balanced than I am. Shucks, I can manage a stumble on a flat, gym floor.
 
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oldsparkey

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" pirogues usually have thwarts made if wood"

None of the ones I made had Thwarts.
I did have a series of three ribs in them spaced out equally on the hull and sides. My pirogues were made from 1/8th inch wood so the ribs offered the necessary support and it was the way they were designed.
 

beekeeper

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Jack
I understand your point about thwarts. I did not want to add them because they would probably be a trip hazard for me. I prefer an uncluttered interior. After adding the glass to the inside, the boat became stiff/strong enough for my usage (no white watering in Louisiana). The extra glass was added to the floor to stiffen it. There was no issue with side flex. I think the laddered gunnels were strong enough to eliminate the need for side ribs or thwarts.
Built in seats and/or divided compartments in a pirogue act as thwarts. I like tumblehome sides to stiffen the boat. So many factors to consider when picking design features. Maximum strength may give way to "strong enough" to gain a more useful feature.

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