There was a deal on pre-cut and B&C routered WR cedar strips on used Victoria recently - trying to get the cost down from the asking price (might be gone now). If that falls through I may go for alternate species and plane, rather than B&C, so I'm worried about the malleability. B&C is quick but can leave gaps if you aren't careful - and I couldn't live with epoxy fill! As for design, the deck will be mine. The hull will be something Nordkapp based. Need it for seaworthiness in big, open seas with enough volume for future Alaska paddling. There are other hull designs out there but I guess I know the Nordy is one I have had a difficult time trying to kill myself in - it always, always gets me home despite my best efforts to do otherwise. May have to do something different for a shorter playboat - a stripper Delphinesq with huge overbuild qualities. Not sure about buying a new boat like a Sterling Reflection for playboating though (promising design) - got teens to help get through post secondary and if Yvonne loses her fight, it's gonna be tight around here - and sad. Building a kayak would be a salve to some of life's ills.
I could do up a killer stripper based on the Maelstrom Vaag but would have to test the boat in conditions more first - and contact the designer for a one off self-built copy. He doesn't want to make avaliable extra-build quality options, so I'm screwed even if I did have the bucks. I kill kayaks and always will because even though I'm taking a break from extreme stuff, I know once I have the right boat, well...
Next step is high quality heat gun, a low-profle PorterCable Radom Orbital, and some better planes from Lee Valley - and start getting some wood. Sold my Hitachi Planer Jointer Combo Model F1000A, picked up that corny little Delta jointer and still need a small portable planer. Makita and DeWalt get good reviews.
I miss that 20,000 rpm A/C motor whirrrrrr!!!!
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A stripper with a rudder...just seams like a tradgedy.
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