I didn’t get out on the river for the forth. Oh well, just a statement and not crying. That is about to change. One of the things that made this country great was innovation. I ain’t got XYZ, so how do I build XYZ? How can I make it better? How can I build it with less components? How do I do this with available materials? You tear into the project and find another way to get it done. So I got out my sketch pad and tore into it.
One of the old blacksmith rules of thumb was if you can’t buy it cheaper, then build it yourself. First up was a paddle float. It’s a really nice piece of equipment for the newb or the older paddlers. They want 3 payments of 40 plus bucks to sell you a pool noodle with covering about 8 inches thick. What is wrong with this picture? Most office stores can sell you a piece of suitable foam for you to carve in to the desired shape cover with a suitable sized gear bag for a cover and install center on your paddle. I shouldn’t have to draw it out long hand for you. It’s not rocket science or brain surgery.
Second up was to beat the value of an 200 beater kayak from your favorite bargain outlet. This I smoked it. I destroyed it. I took the best features to 18 different boats and using these elements came up with a Destroyer. All it took was for me to get pissed off. I wish I had this hull ten years ago when I could have really wrung it out. This boat is aggressive all the way, bow to stern. It will be using the Titebond-2 glue (stitch and glue), green (gag) alternative fibers and cloth, Multi-laminations through out. It uses stuff from my wood pile. I’m using a multi-chine hull with a grind plate and a deep V entry. I’m optimizing for my lazy paddle style. I went from drawing to 2 foot model, It tracks like, WOW! I’m not letting the rest out of the bag I’ll let the pictures do the talking as soon as they are available. I have the time, so why not build instead of invest in a mediocre product? I’ll have a buddy help me move the work bench into position tomorrow.
There’s a lot of creeks to crawl around these parts and this is been the wettest spring/summer in recent history. We have had double the rainfall this year vs the last decade. I’ve had couple of good developments recently in other areas, so stay tuned.