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by Mac50L
Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: Greenland Paddle
Replies: 60
Views: 4845

Re: Greenland Paddle

I can see a lot of "I'll build a plane, I've got a couple of doors here I'll use them for wings." No understanding of why things are shaped a certain way. Enough grunt and the doors might work as wings but never apply the word "efficiently". The way a GP works well is in the shape. Otherwise why not...
by Mac50L
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Milford Sound (and Abel Tasman)
Replies: 5
Views: 432

Re: Milford Sound (and Abel Tasman)

able tasman has got some honey holes. The title of this thread is correct as his name was Abel though he might have also been able to explore the Tasman Sea. the "mad mile" and seperation pt require nice conditions. Though called the Mad Mile, it is usually possible to duck inside the reef and get ...
by Mac50L
Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Greenland Paddle
Replies: 60
Views: 4845

Re: Greenland Paddle

I reckon there must be a way to get a lightweight and stable enough paddle using natives. Yes there is using the same amount of wood weight as a light weight paddle. You'd do it by cutting very thin laminates and forming it to shape i.e. hollow. But why? One other thing to think about is your kayak...
by Mac50L
Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Greenland Paddle
Replies: 60
Views: 4845

Re: Greenland Paddle

I was thinking along the lines of a super-thin cedar GP with a cedar ply stringer to maintain strength. But would the ply end grain suck up epoxy, negating the weight savings of a thinner paddle? I made one with a thin (2 mm) kwila piece in it for stiffening but all my others are just straight WRC....
by Mac50L
Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Greenland Paddle
Replies: 60
Views: 4845

Re: Greenland Paddle

Demo' Kauri, Rimu and the ends are Pohutukawa. Weight is about 1350gms. Twice the weight it should be. That's a lot of weight to have to handle for a day of paddling. Edges need to be sharper as HLD says. Use WRC, it works, it is easy to work and get something that works to find out how to use one ...
by Mac50L
Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Site Suggestions and Site Help
Topic: To the Site Admin's
Replies: 4
Views: 1977

Re: To the Site Admin's

What about a heavier font to make things easier to read. This must be the most unattractive forum I frequent. Skinny font and a lot of grey fonts too, which is even worse.

The original forum was good and "attractive" but not now. It has an unfriendly look to it.
by Mac50L
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Self-built yakkers: How are you finding them?
Replies: 6
Views: 618

Re: Self-built yakkers: How are you finding them?

It's a shame because we have Abel Tasman right on our doorstep. That limits me to SOTs - or a hybrid and removing the cover every 20 minutes to get my legs sideways I was thinking of putting carborundum strips on the keel as you suggest. The Abel Tasman is where a number of mine have first got wet....
by Mac50L
Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Self-built yakkers: How are you finding them?
Replies: 6
Views: 618

Re: Self-built yakkers: How are you finding them?

A few people on here have built stitch and glue fishing kayaks. I'm wondering how people find them now that they have owned them for a while. How do they paddle? The best. What are they like to fish out of? They are a sea kayaks so we were only getting one blue cod for lunch and 2 for dinner on the...
by Mac50L
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: Kayaker rescued
Replies: 18
Views: 1268

Re: Kayaker rescued

Does anyone know if it was a sit-in or a sit-on kayak. If the latter, was it leaking hatches poorly fitted that led to the capsize?
by Mac50L
Fri Jun 02, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: Glass and Rocky Beaches
Replies: 21
Views: 1633

Re: Glass and Rocky Beaches

I'd love to have two kayaks but nowhere to store a second one and arguably, with my itinerant lifestyle barely enough free time to justify one ... You mean you will only have ONE !!!!! There's the single here, the kids one to finish, my partner's and her half built one, 3 of mine plus a double and ...
by Mac50L
Sun May 28, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Glass and Rocky Beaches
Replies: 21
Views: 1633

Re: Glass and Rocky Beaches

A wooden ply kayak has an advantage of a steeper V to the hull than most glass kayaks but still the strip is worth applying to a fibreglass hull. Mine is glass over ply. I put a double lay-up of dynel cloth tape on the bottom 2" of the v of my keel - that takes most of the abuse on a rocky beach. O...
by Mac50L
Sat May 27, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Glass and Rocky Beaches
Replies: 21
Views: 1633

Re: Glass and Rocky Beaches

So how does one treat a wooden 18 kg kayak in these conditions? If like my partner, she just crashes into the rocky beach leaving grooves in the rocks. A carborundum keel strip which could / can be added to a glass kayak too. A wooden ply kayak has an advantage of a steeper V to the hull than most g...
by Mac50L
Mon May 01, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Do It Yourself
Topic: Attaching New Flag
Replies: 3
Views: 496

Re: Attaching New Flag

This might have some ideas that could be used for making and fitting a flag -
http://www.kask.org.nz/fitting-a-flag/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Mac50L
Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Greenland Paddle
Replies: 60
Views: 4845

Re: Greenland Paddle

Using a really soft week wood you need that reinforcing down the middle and also on the edges and tip. Inuits would use bone tips and possible bone edges but a really hard wood, just enough to do the job would work OK. Those edges need to be relatively sharp, not shaving sharp but not blunt or just ...
by Mac50L
Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Greenland Paddle
Replies: 60
Views: 4845

Re: Greenland Paddle

Yes there are native timbers that would work. But do you know what they are and how to make them work? Nope and nope. Paulownia grows in New Zealand but isn't a native. Kahikatea might be the lightest there is. https://www.halswelltimber.co.nz/kahikatea.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return f...
by Mac50L
Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Greenland Paddle
Replies: 60
Views: 4845

Re: Greenland Paddle

Am thinking I should have a crack at making one of these over Winter. Being born with a dominant 'belligerent bastid' gene, I'm going to make it from native timbers because I was warned it wasn't the best idea. Yes there are native timbers that would work. But do you know what they are and how to m...
by Mac50L
Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: With so many choices, why a kayak?
Replies: 32
Views: 2417

Re: With so many choices, why a kayak?

1. no motor 2. I built my kayak. Can't argue with that. Do you have any photos of your yak you can share please? I have just enough wood skills to get myself into trouble, so am always looking for my next failed project. Was thinking about making a Greenland paddle, but from native timber. Whilst w...
by Mac50L
Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Lightweight kayak advice
Replies: 15
Views: 1217

Re: Lightweight kayak advice

A list of easy loading devices - http://www.kask.org.nz/category/equipment/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; I use the last method. My kayak is 18 kg (13 kg before final fitting out) so not just placing it on the rack is due to the rack being above head height, on a van so the end by e...
by Mac50L
Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Greenland Paddle
Replies: 60
Views: 4845

Re: Greenland Paddle

piwikiwi wrote:Yeah that looks beautiful. So how much is affordable ? :) and what weight is a standard fibreglass or aluminium paddle ?
Mine cost me about $20, ~700 gram.
Fibreglass 1 - 1.5 kg.
Aluminium ~2 kg.
by Mac50L
Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Greenland Paddle
Replies: 60
Views: 4845

Re: Greenland Paddle

One of our group said she had a brother who was a woodworker and he would make one for her. I lent her a couple of mine for trial. She had problems with them - they didn't cause blisters that she gets with her usual paddle. She had problems doing rolls - too easy. Had problems with speed - had to ke...