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How Time Flies When Building a Boat
Can you believe that its been just over three years since this group was started and now we have almost 500 members. That puts a smile on my face. I know...
Jan 17, 2010
snow shoe 14
Have finnished mine, found to be too tippy with 2 people, it is fine with one person sitting in the center. Have built a set of small pontoons that seem to...
Jan 14, 2010
comparing airolite to Dreamcatcher boats
Has anyone compared the Airolite and Dreamcatcher boats? Both look really good to me, and am interested in if anyone has compare the two. Thanks. Rob in...
Dec 25, 2009
Hello I am new to this group. I have never built a boat before but I have much experience with woodworking and creating intricate artifacts. I am considering...
Dec 7, 2009
Hi guys, couple of questions: 1. The kevlar from aircraft spruce do you triple it before using? 2. Approx how much tention do you pull on it while installing? ...
Dec 1, 2009
Green Ash or White Oak in PA?
Does anyone know where to purchase green ash or green white oak in PA for ribs (Snowshoe 14)? I anticipated this would be easy, but it's turned out not to be....
Dec 1, 2009
Rushton canoe Monfort style
If anyone's interested in seeing a non-Monfort design built using his construction method, I've posted some pictures of my nearly complete canoe. Back in the...
Nov 30, 2009
Has anyone in Michigan built one of these boats?...
Nov 25, 2009
Covering Fabrics etc: Alternative Suppliers in UK / Europe
Good Evening All I am considering building a Classic 12 for use on the local rivers and in Christchurch Harbour here on the south coast of England. However,...
Nov 1, 2009
a recent request for suppliers got me to thinking. if you have a local sailmaking shop, check with them. hard core racing boats wear out their sails and...
Nov 1, 2009
You've received a private message from a friend!
I read your profile today, I thought I would drop you a line and hope to become your friend! Check my personal page here: ...
Sep 27, 2009
After reading about and worrying about building a steam generator for the ribs for my Arrow 14 I decided to try the soaking option. Worked like a dream! Since...
Sep 26, 2009
On the water at last
Worked really hard over the last few weekends on my Snowshoe Explorer 14 to get from raw frame finished product. Still need to wipe an additional coat or two...
Sep 26, 2009
More Stablity and Toughness Needed
I built a Classic 10 last year and have taken it out several times on lakes and on the Sound. It moves along well under oars and does well in choppy water....
Sep 22, 2009
Kurt's new boat launch
Kurt: The boat looks great. You're right, it's great fun and very satisfying to see these boats come to life. Also great fun to see the reactions of the folks...
Sep 16, 2009
Re: Classic 10 - More Stablity and Toughness?
I just went to the website to view the many photos of the Classic 10 and the bottom appears to be pretty wide which I would have thought would have provided...
Sep 15, 2009
Hi, I've moved into the covering stage of my modified Snowshoe 12. I am using 8.9 oz nylon (over slightly heavier ribs & stringers than in the Monfort plans)...
Sep 7, 2009
Building a Kayak using this Method
Hi, Is there anyone, who has completed a kayak using this method? I'm familiar with the standard skin-on-frame designs out there, but would like to try and...
Sep 3, 2009
Taking skin off for cleaning?
Can you do it? I'm getting my canoe ready for winter and the outside cleaned up very nicely, but I can't get in to all the nooks and crannies and some parts...
Aug 25, 2009
Re: alternative suppliers...
Nick: The I believe the heat-n-bond you have there will work. In my experience, it's not that critical. I got the original from GaBoats and got more at a local...
Aug 16, 2009
two person boat
Hello. I would like to build a light but stable boat for my wife and me to use on the lake. Probably using kayak paddles. Which Airolite boat would be best....
Jul 30, 2009
Use of Bamboo for Ribs
Hi, Another quick post: Has anyone experimented with using Bamboo for the ribs? In the skin-on-frame kayak world, there are a few folks, who are using a bamboo...
Jul 7, 2009
I'm a newbie, just saying hello
Hello all I'm new to this Group but hope to become more acquainted with other enthusists as time goes by. My plan is to build at least one or more items, an...
Jun 27, 2009
OK this is a bit off topic here in the boat group but Platt did tell me that he thought the Airolite system would apply to bicycles as well. I've added some...
Jun 17, 2009
RIBS: Glue or Sinew?
Hi, I am building the Snowshoe 12, and have steamed, bent, and clamped in place the first two ribs. The plans call for epoxy to secure the ribs to the...
Jun 16, 2009
Re: Focus on Ribs...wood selection
I built the Arrow-14, using long straight grain, white-ash for all ribs. I was able to get relatively freshly cut ash from a local mill (about three weeks...
Jun 14, 2009
focus on ribs
Bill- you need to go to the LINKS section at the Yahoo Group home page and read the several narratives and logs about building the boats. Especially noted are...
Jun 14, 2009
Possible wood selection idea
There is a tree called SweetGum which has a very unique characteristic. It wont break and cant be split with a hydralic log splitter. I was clearing some...
Jun 13, 2009
Re: plans questions
August: On my build (again the Classic 12) I measured the plan drawing and did a simple scale up on paper. For instance if the drawing was 12 inches long and...
Jun 12, 2009
Approximite building cost of a Whitehall Jr?
I'm thinking of building an aerolite boat, because I want to build a simple rowboat I can lug around; how much would the wood costs be for the boat?...
Jun 12, 2009
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