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  1. How to join a Waterman 15 made in 2 halves?

    Years ago I made a Waterman 15'6 in 2 halves for ease of storage and transport. Bolted together nicely. I now want to permanently join the 2 halves together. Cutting out the bolting bulkheads and...
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    Full descent of the Loire help

    Planning a long trip down the Loire (after several shorter camping trips), hopefully from Le Puy en Valey to the sea & would appreciate some advice & direction to Blogs etc. I have the French guide...
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    Hi Chandan you may already have this in hand, but...

    Hi Chandan you may already have this in hand, but even a small Kayak specific sail :
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    Best way to attach fabric to plywood

    The actual project/purpose is a bit complex to describe (its a deck for an open double kayak) I need to attach a 6 cm skirt (lighter weight plastic ground sheet) along the edge of an 8 foot length...
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    It is regrettable that the Island is abused, but...

    It is regrettable that the Island is abused, but perhaps signs & wardens will only deter the law abiding with common sense from landing, giving the neds etc even more freedom to hack & crap.

    Does...
  6. The Loire would be a better option, 1000km, some...

    The Loire would be a better option, 1000km, some sections blogged on here. Still challenging, but doable depending on your experience level. There is a guide book for the whole river (in French)...
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    Cheap paddle recommendation ?

    Looking to paddle a Penobscot on mostly flat water day trips with a variety of novice family members from young teens to larger adults. Need to buy a couple of cheaper paddles that will be manageable...
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    Another terrible loss on this loch. I lived in...

    Another terrible loss on this loch. I lived in the area for a couple of years & it has a reputation among locals, with other recent boating tragedies. One issue I noted is the standard launching area...
  9. Arrh tried to post photos but method seems to...

    Arrh tried to post photos but method seems to have changed and not computer literate enough to work it out SMbanghead Anyway the finish now looks horrible - bare cloth and patches of resin.
  10. Canoe make over re coating with epoxy or alternatives ?

    10 yr old stitch and glue, cloth and epoxy( SP system) coated exterior grade ply canoe now needing a makeover. Been stored outside with regular seaspray, wood intact , no rot, but the epoxy seems to...
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    After a bit of research the best recommendation I...

    After a bit of research the best recommendation I could find is below. Was a bit surprised to read that there an estimated 24000 lightening deaths per yr mostly in the tropics and an average of 40-50...
  12. I lived on the West Coast of Scotland for 6 yrs...

    I lived on the West Coast of Scotland for 6 yrs and took my kids out in canoes, kayaks and sailing dinghys from a few years old. I wouldn't do that anymore. I made some foolish mistakes and was...
  13. How much epoxy for 1 coat on a Waterman 16?

    I am just wanting to do one coat ( refurbish ) on my Waterman 16 (feet) Roughly how much epoxy do I need ?
  14. Thanks very much Dave, it all sounds very...

    Thanks very much Dave, it all sounds very promising..... this winters project sorted. Its a 2 halves boat but I think now I have space I will fuse the halves.
  15. Waterman 16 - how well do they sail? & some modifications ?

    I enjoyed trying my boat out at the OCSG Ullswater meet and putting faces to names. I realise I have a lot to learn & suspect my Seadart is probably more suited to gentler winds < 3. I just could'nt...
  16. How to renovate a stitch and glue canoe ?

    I built a Waterman 16, 10 yrs ago with basic ply. Been outside much of that time. Now under cover and planning to tidy it up. It was completly covered in SP cloth / fabric and epoxy. Rather rushed...
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    Sailing canoe and lightning risk?

    On the second "seartrial" of my wooden canoe with alloy mast sailing rig on Coniston today there was plenty of weather, not much wind,but torrential rain ( flash flooding) lightning and thunder. I...
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    Inspirational stuff. Just back from a 4 day...

    Inspirational stuff.

    Just back from a 4 day cliff top trek south from Cape Wrath ( whale watching). At Kervaig Bothy met this young couple http://homeseahome.com/

    Now 10 weeks into a...
  19. Where is most of the stress taken - mast thwart or mast step ?

    Almost finished and ready for seatrials........:) , but having put up the mast my mast thwart and step are looking a little under engineered. Where is most of the stress exerted thwart or step ? ...
  20. Outriggers - good for beginners ? & a possible DIY plan.....

    I feel I have had more than my fair share of threads this week ,but as the project nears completion I am getting a little excited & wondering about actually sailing it ( most of my sailing experience...
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    Thanks for all the advice.... its good to be able...

    Thanks for all the advice.... its good to be able to nip from the garage to the PC and get such useful feedback.

    Bhoffman I don't think my rig will be much use to you as I am fitting out a kind...
  22. just one more question...rudder up haul down haul lines where to attach to boat ?

    Thanks for all the advice, its been very helpful. I have attached my uphaul / downhaul lines to my rudder where do the free ends go to & how do folk attach them ? I assume I want them close to hand ?...
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    Quick rudder question.......

    Novice sailor question so can't speak the lingo & am struggling to make myself clear ....... I have made my rudder, but think I might need to modify as it won't go to 90 degree to the hull .....( ...
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    Now at the finishing, coating stage - actually...

    Now at the finishing, coating stage - actually wanting to keep the wood finish looking as nice as possible.
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    Reducing epoxy running & drips

    I have used a variety of epoxy products and appreciate the stuff runs, but how do you reduce the amount of runs. I seem to spend a lot of time filing off drips and runs and think I must be doing...
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