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    Seized 2-piece Paddle

    Shock will often break things free when slowly applied force won't. I use a short lifting sling in a double choke on the paddle shaft with the sling looped over my trailer hitch. Give it a sharp yank while pressing the release. You could get the same effect with some static rope properly secured.
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    Frej XS

    I had to put the build on hold for a while unfortunately. When I get get back to it I'll keep posting pictures.
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    Valley seat lowering

    When you do your Avocet have a look at Redfish kayak's pre-carved foam seat blanks. For an additional fee he will shape the bottom of the blank to match your hull too. Doesn't leave any work on your end other than squeezing it in the coaming but they are very comfortable and very very low...
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    Frej XS

    Put a few hours in today sanding the hull. Found the cloth in a couple of small spots. I know that with wood that this would disappear with varnish. I suspect that it might make a grey blemish with the graphite though? I'll put a thin touch up on once I finish the rest of the hull.
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    Frej XS

    What do you suggest for light weight bulkheads? I was thinking about using strip scraps to make panels and then planing them right down with an electric hand plane. I have some marine ply scraps a friend gave me but I was planning on use those for hatch lips.
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    Frej XS

    Thanks David, I was hoping to do that on the sides. I had intended to just do the bottom where it would be visible through the cockpit and hatches. Unfortunately I had a couple of sags on the sides that looked bad. That 2nd fill coat will allow me to sand out those mistakes and keep it...
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    Frej XS

    Final fill complete. Made some Styrofoam dams from the recycling.
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    Frej XS

    Thanks CPS, everything went OK. No one really shows how they do the ends of their kayaks (in detail) in their videos or in the 3 build guides I have. At least none that I could find this morning anyway. Rod had a good video showing him do a canoe so I followed that one. He lays the...
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    Frej XS

    Epoxy tomorrow
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    Fraser River, Agassiz to Mission

    Nice, you can cover a lot of distance with rivers. My son commented a few years ago how nice it will be when we finally get self driving cars so we won't have to shuttle anymore.
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    Frej XS

    Yes, it was to help with the tight curve and it's also how Nick explains it in his book. Most people never post pics of the "first strip" and I wondered how to get started for a long time. Eventually I just decided to go with Nick's way to get started and see how it worked out. I spent some...
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    Frej XS

    It's not the scraping or the sanding that bother me. It was being unable to cut an even edge because I left the epoxy too long and planed the sheer strip to a 45 made for a frustrating day yesterday. I grabbed a picture to show what I mean. I suppose all it will mean is extra time filling...
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    Frej XS

    Thank you, starting to look at the station marks I made and seeing where the cockpit and the hatches will go. I shrink and crop the pictures down before posting so they don't take much in the way of bandwidth. The two steps forward one step back way of learning is tough. Today wasn't a...
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    Frej XS

    After shaving the glass off the stems I popped the kayak off the forms to trim the glass edge while the epoxy was still green. It was pretty hard to do and keep it clean since it had hardened too much. I made a bit of mess of it. I planed my sheer strip on a 45 when I first started. In...
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    Frej XS

    My wife has been helping me glass today. We snuck out for a ski between fill coats this afternoon since we have strangely warm weather. I was planning on putting on a third thin fill coat at 22:00 tonight but plans change. After the two fill coats I've done I have good black coverage but...
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