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    Self-rescue while tripping

    I have 2 times, but for the fact that both times I was not loaded down for a trip. But I did do it purposely on my last camping trip to see how it would be in a loaded kayak. I found that when the kayak was loaded it was easier to turn it from a wet exit and also to roll it then when it's...
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    Squall Hazards

    EXCELLENT VID!
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    Merry Christmas to all.

    Merry Christmas to all!
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    Cockpit and spray skirt sizing

    I am trying to understand the solid works tutorials now. Even they are well above my head, but I am learning. (very slowly) I don't know ANYTHING about computer design ,and I do mean nothing at all, so I am starting at "pre-school level" All the other things you named are a foreign language...
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    Cockpit and spray skirt sizing

    This is all useful information for me. I hope to find a program on-line that can give me the center of buoyancy location for any design I come up with. If I can get that, I can position a cockpit over the position where a Seals spray skirt will fit perfectly, and position the seat precisely...
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    Pygmy Kayak

    My wife is trying to teach me how to use "Solid Works" on the computer, (she's a systems design engineer) but it's a steep learning curve for me. I have very close to ZERO knowledge about computers, the jargon of them, and the whole cyber world. But if I can I'll make some designs for what I...
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    Cockpit and spray skirt sizing

    That's probably very good advice John. So far I have only one for a Chatham 17 which takes a 1.7 and a Wilderness Systems Piccolo which takes a 1.4. I have not seen anything yet that takes a 1.2 But if I standardize on the 3 sizes, a 1.2, 1.4 and 1.7 I doubt I'd ever have a reason to make a...
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    Cockpit and spray skirt sizing

    Hello to all you good folks out there. I have a question maybe someone can answer for me: I would like to know the circumference of the outside of the combing on kayaks that takes a Seals 1.2 and 1.4 size skirt. My idea is that if I know the circumference and I make a string loop of that...
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    Pygmy Kayak

    Yes, I see that in many aspects of the consumers world. Looks often motivate better then function. And I'd agree about trying to design a hull. For one thing, I doubt anyone can make anything better then what the pros have given us many years ago. All my ideas to make a kayak to the exact...
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    Pygmy Kayak

    Hummmm that's interesting John. Maybe the ones I have looked at used are being sold because of that reason. I have never been to a kayak shop and as far as I know, there isn't one in those whole state. So other then the 2 new kayaks my wife bough from Old Town, I have never even seen a new...
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    Pygmy Kayak

    And from this comes my idea of a"foot swell". A 1.5" higher deck over the adjustment range of the foot pegs would allow a whole lot more people to fit inside, and fo those that want more knee room, even coming up 2-2.5" would be very helpful. I am a newbie for sure, and I have not attained a...
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    Pygmy Kayak

    There are many here that I sure could learn a lot from. It pains me all of you guys are so far away from where I am. (You Mac50L are especially far away) :) John, you mention the "Black Pearl" but I really don't know what that is, or where I'd find information about it. Can you enlighten me?
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    Pygmy Kayak

    John, That's how I am thinking too. My only fear if I build this is that the wind will give me a hard time. Doing hand fitting of wood is fine in wind, but glue-ups are sometimes a pain. Wind up to about 12MPH doesn't usually lift much dust or dirt, but here where I live having it go from...
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    Pygmy Kayak

    I'll have to build outside because my regualr shot has no room for such prijects. Buyt I can put in a slab and set it up fairly inexpensively. Hence my idea for a kayak-building slab.
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    Pygmy Kayak

    I have 3 books John. 1. The Strip-Built Sea Kayak by Nick Shade 2. Wood and canvas Kayak Building by George Putz And 3. he Kayak Shop by Chris Kulczycki Are there more? Those 3 were the only ones I found to buy. But going through them slowly and trying to absorb information has been fun...
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