Kayak, on the water, at last

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Project by wedude posted 06-27-2010 01:35 AM 1964 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all you LumberJocks, Well today was the day. Weather in Reno, finally, perfect. 90* no wind and lots of sun. My kind of weather. This was my first time in a kayak, and what a thrilling feeling it was. Something like a canoe but more sensual, you are so close to the water, just great. The kayak handled as expected and it did not leak , hooray.. Melinda and I are off on a ” Road Trip ” leaving tomorrow for 2 weeks. Back to Southern Calif. where we both grew up and where we first met. We are looking forward to a lot of time at and on the beaches we remember. So glad that summer has finally arrived. Take care everyone, happy projects..Robert

-- mermaids rule

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#1 posted 06-27-2010 01:37 AM

great job enjoy

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#2 posted 06-27-2010 02:21 AM

GREAT BOAT!!! I am so glad that you got out on the water with your kayak!!! Looks beautiful and so glad it went on the water so nicely…

i finished my last sailing class today so I am all excited…work on my weekender continues…

So will you take your kayak with you? I imagine NEWPORT beach BACK BAY would be a super great place to kayak…or sail in your weekender…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 06-27-2010 03:38 AM

Really nice kayak. Its on my want to build list. Dana point harbor would be fun it one of those…

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#4 posted 06-27-2010 04:18 AM

The waters slipping by, the dip of the paddle, and knowing you built that which you sit! Great job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 06-27-2010 08:26 AM

now I really want to put a top on mine and get it in the water. Yours is much nicer. Very good job. Did you build it from plans or wing it?

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#6 posted 06-27-2010 06:08 PM

To all you great LumberJocks, Thanks for the comments on the kayak launch. Answers to questions are following. Yes to Stosh, I did build from plans. Purchased from Clark Craft, she was listed as a 11foot canvas covered, 200lb capacity. I built her using redwood for all the stringers with 1/2” ply for the 3 main frames. Covered with 8oz polyester fabric. It was a fun build. Kindlingmaker, Thanks for the comment and you are right, knowing that you built it is so very rewarding. Prime8, Dana point harbor, absolutly. That harbor did not exist when I lived in Long Beach, we used to body surf there but it is all houses now. Matt, Newport back bay, oh yeah, we used to canoe in that water and chase stingrays and sand sharks in there. Keep cutting and gluing, your Weekender will come together faster than you imagine. Once again, thanks to all. Robert

-- mermaids rule

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#7 posted 06-27-2010 07:35 PM

Cool boat, I bet it does feel good being in it knowing you built it. We live in Lakewood which as you know is right next to Long Beach. Have fun coming back down here.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 07-12-2010 07:04 AM

Looks like fun. Congradulations on the succesfull maiden cruise.

-- Mike, Cantral Oregon

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