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    Good source of materials....

    Good source of materials.
    https://shop.skinboats.com/main.sc

    Good information
    https://www.skinboats.org/tutorials-
    and
    Yostwerks Kayak Building Manuals - Homebuilt kayaks by Thomas Yost...
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    I think so. I think it is this one....

    I think so. I think it is this one.
    https://www.australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au/festival-directory/mourning-wood/

    Details of other craft can be found here....
  3. Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2019 Tall Ships

    Most of the Australian Tall Ships made their way to Hobart for the AWBF.
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    Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2019

    As happens in early February every second year in Hobart, there were some remarkable wooden boats on display on the water and ashore around Constitution Dock.
    My own contribution consisted of two...
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    I have used Paulownia for over a dozen of the...

    I have used Paulownia for over a dozen of the kayaks and canoes I have built. I used to buy from Whitewood until he retired.
    My sea kayaks have one layer of 125 gsm glass inside and out and the...
  6. When I built my SOF I found it simple enough to...

    When I built my SOF I found it simple enough to order from overseas from this site:

    Spirt line kayaks skin boat store skinboats.org
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    Are you sure there is no Paulownia available in...

    Are you sure there is no Paulownia available in Tas? I have been told there is some growing there. Maybe no-one is milling it and selling it.
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    Those bathroom lining boards look like WRC. They...

    Those bathroom lining boards look like WRC. They could be used. In fact I did the deck of one of my kayaks from WRC lining boards removed from a bathroom wall during renovations.

    However, they are...
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    The strips started as 25 mm thick rough sawn...

    The strips started as 25 mm thick rough sawn planks. I used to dress my timber down to 19 mm because all the information available from the USA mentioned 3/4" wide strips. This particular batch of...
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    ICF Compliant Sit & Switch C1 Canoe

    For the last year or so I have been competing in the NSW Marathon Series paddling a TC1 that I built during 2015. I decide it was time to see if I could design, build and paddle a slightly quicker...
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    Australian Wooden Boat Festival

    For those who couldn't make it down to Hobart in early February, here is a small taste of what you missed.

    Vessels ranged in size from huge three masted square riggers down to small dinghies,...
  12. Thread: paulownia

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    What sort of boat did you have in mind? I have...

    What sort of boat did you have in mind?
    I have built a dozen strip built kayaks and a canoe using Paulownia. I spite of having quite a good supply of recycled WRC, My kayaks are over 95% Paulownia....
  13. I think most people find it easier to order from...

    I think most people find it easier to order from USA.
    I bought nylon from
    skin boat fabric

    A source of polyester
    https://sites.google.com/a/siu.edu/build-a-c/home/dyson-notes-on-kayak-skins
    ...
  14. The ideal weight of glass depends on the design,...

    The ideal weight of glass depends on the design, the conditions in which the craft is used and the way the craft is treated, particularly during launch and landing.

    I have the luxury of being able...
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    Do you mean that the sites you have been looking...

    Do you mean that the sites you have been looking at insist that you need bead and cove? I'm not sure if that is what you meant.

    If that is the case, then you have been looking at the wrong...
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    You may have sorted your supply problem by now. ...

    You may have sorted your supply problem by now. I have been away for the last month, so couldn't respond earlier.
    I have always bought my Paulownia as 25mm thick rough sawn planks. The width...
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    One thing that discouraged me from building a...

    One thing that discouraged me from building a greenland paddle was the thought of how much timber simply disappeared as shavings if it was built from a single piece of 100x50.

    Then I found this...
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    Are you planning a greenland paddle? I have been...

    Are you planning a greenland paddle? I have been using one for about four years made from Paulownia. I have also made them from WRC. None of them have developed any problems.
    I have tips added on...
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    Racing Solo Canoe

    I have designed and built a canoe that fits into the ICF TC1 class with a view to using it to compete in the NSW Marathon Series.

    To fit into the TC1 class, the canoe needs to be 16'6" or 5.03...
  20. I had an issue with chalking when I was building...

    I had an issue with chalking when I was building a strip built kayak and the temperature was about 4 degrees C.
    I tried warming the glue joint with the heat gun. It took just a couple of seconds...
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    The protection I was referring to on my kayaks is...

    The protection I was referring to on my kayaks is protecting the epoxy from UV light. It sounds as if you are not using the clear Aguacote that I use.

    I have never used it in conjunction with...
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    I have used clear Aquacote to protect the epoxy...

    I have used clear Aquacote to protect the epoxy on a dozen kayaks and I have probably been working in similar temperatures to those you will encounter.

    My experience has been that a coat dries in...
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    I think all the answers can be found here:...

    I think all the answers can be found here:
    http://www.boatcraftnsw.com.au/aquacote/index.html
    and here:
    http://boatcraft.com.au/informationpages/aquacoteinstructions.htm
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    Most of the strength in a strip built canoe or...

    Most of the strength in a strip built canoe or kayak is in the fibreglass skin on both sides of the timber. The fibreglass skin also keeps the timber from making contact with the water.

    Both...
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    It seems to be a home made steam engine attached...

    It seems to be a home made steam engine attached to the bottom part of a normal outboard.

    As with most steam setups, very little of what you can see is the engine itself. Most of it is the...
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    Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2015

    For those who were not able to make it to Hobart in early February, here is a sneak preview of a very small number of the craft on show at this year's AWBF.

    No doubt more photos will be available...
  27. My kayaks won't be far away from there. They...

    My kayaks won't be far away from there. They will be on the boardwalk out the front of Princess Wharf.
  28. I am taking two wooden strip built kayaks down to...

    I am taking two wooden strip built kayaks down to the AWBF.

    I sail on the Spirit on Mon 26th January and will be there for about 3 weeks.
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    There are a lot of books available and a lot of...

    There are a lot of books available and a lot of information on various sites on the internet. Some people have published very detailed step-by-step photo journals of their builds.

    I read Nick...
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    Rob, I have very few photos of this kayak under...

    Rob, I have very few photos of this kayak under construction.

    When I built the first strip built kayak I took a lot of photos, but it seems that with each subsequent kayak, the number of photos...
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    DIY Design and Build Kayak

    One advantage of designing and building your own kayak is that you can match it to your own weight and your intended use.

    Since I weigh only about 60kg and don't do extended expeditions, I find...
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    There may be another issue worth considering...

    There may be another issue worth considering unless the following comments are just marketing hype.

    The main ingredients in the old technology epoxy
    hardeners which affect people is TETA...
  33. One of the advantages a canoe has is that it is...

    One of the advantages a canoe has is that it is often possible to paddle as either a double or a single, where a double kayak isn't easily paddled solo.

    Although if a canoe gets too wide, it can...
  34. It seems to me that a decked canoe such as the...

    It seems to me that a decked canoe such as the Fiddlehead has a couple of disadvantages for car-topping.

    You are probably committed to carrying it upright. There seem to be protrusions that would...
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    How strong is it? I guess the only answer that...

    How strong is it? I guess the only answer that really matters is that it is plenty strong enough for flatwater marathon racing.

    I don't believe that I have to treat it any more carefully than the...
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    My latest kayak is a K1, so it is 5.2 metres...

    My latest kayak is a K1, so it is 5.2 metres long. It is made from 3.5mm Paulownia with 85gsm glass inside and out. Until I put a big slab of polystyrene foam in the back for floatation, it was just...
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    Arthur, Paulownia is typically about 20% lighter...

    Arthur, Paulownia is typically about 20% lighter than WRC. As a very rough guide, about half the weight of a strip built kayak is in the strips that make up the hull and deck. The rest is in the...
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    I use a similar technique, but only on those few...

    I use a similar technique, but only on those few strips that don't want to behave.

    My system is a bit more primitive. I use squares cut from scraps of strips and on top of that I have small...
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    There are usually parts of the construction of a...

    There are usually parts of the construction of a strip kayak that don't allow you to work full time, especially if you build stapleless.

    For that reason most people quote the total number of hours...
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    Thanks for the endorsement Bob. I have been...

    Thanks for the endorsement Bob.

    I have been away from home visiting grandchildren and competing in a couple of kayak races, so I haven't spent as much time on the forum as I usually do.

    Here...
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    Ian, I think you are leaning in the right...

    Ian, I think you are leaning in the right direction. :) If you are patient, it isn't hard to do a very neat job with beveled strips.

    A lot of people, including me, think that bead and cove is a...
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    Don't forget that you don't need any router bits...

    Don't forget that you don't need any router bits at all if you bevel the strips instead of using bead and cove. :U

    Many builders, including me, prefer to bevel rather than use bead and cove. ...
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    Good decision! Since you used small brads,...

    Good decision!

    Since you used small brads, then I am not surprised that the holes have become much less noticeable. By the time you have finished, they will be even harder to see. Some of the...
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    You don't want glue to fill nail holes and...

    You don't want glue to fill nail holes and blemishes. Glue stops the timber absorbing epoxy and guarantees that it will be a different colour from the rest of the timber. Any glue residue left on...
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    As Alan has suggested, the Night Heron has lot...

    As Alan has suggested, the Night Heron has lot more stability than most people would expect a 20" wide kayak to have.

    It was the first strip built kayak I built and I found it a lot more stable...
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    Don't assume that you need strips as long as the...

    Don't assume that you need strips as long as the canoe. Scarfing is quick and easy and can be quite neat. I find it less of a problem than trying to handle long strips and trying to get them held...
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    If you are planning the normal strip built...

    If you are planning the normal strip built construction process, then you don't need to be concerned about the strength of the timber, but you do need to be concerned about the weight. Tas Oak is...
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    I use whatever I have available and have never...

    I use whatever I have available and have never had any problems with any of the materials I have used for forms.

    I have used 9mm MDF, 13mm ply and 16mm ply. If I had free 19mm ply, I would use...
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    One of the workers in the timber yard overheard...

    One of the workers in the timber yard overheard me saying what I planned to do with the WRC and he suggested that I might be able to get what I needed from the pile of offcuts.

    I used a...
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    You might be able to reduce the cost of timber to...

    You might be able to reduce the cost of timber to zero. Part of the deck on a several of my kayaks cost me nothing. In fact all of the deck of my double sea kayak was free. It was made from strips...
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