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  1. dogbrain

    Chestnut Pal/Moonlight

    Beautiful canoe! This is the only wood/canvas boat I want to own. Maybe someday........
  2. dogbrain

    Mini USB Solar Charging?

    There are a lot of variables. Mostly, how much power do you need? and what weight penalty (if there even is one) are you willing to trade for the inconvenience of dealing with solar. I would calculate how many hours of reading I would realistically do on a trip, then make a ballpark estimate of...
  3. dogbrain

    Mini USB Solar Charging?

    I would buy a power pack instead of futzing around with solar panels. Just my opinion. Mark
  4. dogbrain

    A lightweight "stand-up-able" solo canoe?

    Interesting, the Kite from Green Valley is a great stand upable canoe. Empty or loaded it's no problem to just step in from the shore or scout the river ahead. I was going to suggest this to Glenn but I see this is an old thread. Mark
  5. dogbrain

    Minn 3 Rebuild

    Wow, I'm feeling for you Clint. So, it's got to be one of two things, either the surface or the epoxy. Did you say earlier what type of epoxy you used, and its age? I wonder if you somehow got the mixture bad on one batch. Too much hardener??? I accidently used 2 parts hardener to 1 part resin...
  6. dogbrain

    Minn 3 Rebuild

    Nice work. It will be good for another 20 years of use when you're done. Mark
  7. dogbrain

    Minn 3 Rebuild

    If you want to use what you have, which I totally understand, then I would do multiple overlapping layers of the 4 oz. instead. Mark
  8. dogbrain

    Minn 3 Rebuild

    Hi Clint, I don’t think you should bother with the 18oz fiberglass. It will leave too much of an edge that has to be faired. If you are going to put a new layer of 4pz on the bottom get s-glass, and use it for any patches on the outside prior to the full sheet. If the hull has soft spots, they...
  9. dogbrain

    Kruger Sea Wind spray cover help?

    According to my build thread, the rib dimensions I gave above are the same as a Kruger. Mark
  10. dogbrain

    Kruger Sea Wind spray cover help?

    I forgot to mention that the ribs are 3/4" wide and 1/8" thick aluminum strap, which are the same as Verlen Kruger made them.
  11. dogbrain

    Kruger Sea Wind spray cover help?

    Hi Bryan. If I can get access to my friends real sea wind I'll reply here with the lengths of the 3 ribs. I made my cedar strip sea wind similar to the real thing, but I can't remember if I altered the lengths or locations of the ribs. I think they're the same since I used his spray skirt as a...
  12. dogbrain

    Kite build

    Yes on the fillet. It's in the instructions for building that type of tumblehome. I originally had a pedestal seat but changed to a hung seat cause I like to kneel half the time. I'm nowhere near 240#, but i can't see needing any extra reinforcement.
  13. dogbrain

    Kite build

    I agree. Glassing and fill coats around that knuckle were more difficult. Make sure and round off that edge since the glass won’t lay down if it’s sharp. Mark
  14. dogbrain

    Freighter: 6ft waves safe and dry, cruise speed 30 mph in flats, minimum load cap 1500 lb

    Roughly 15 years ago I made a few annual trips to Baffin Island to install and maintain weather stations in the vicinity of Clyde River. The Inuit of Clyde River use these Nor-west freighters on the ocean, and routinely travel between the village and their hunting/fishing camps during the short...
  15. dogbrain

    Big kevlar canoe repairs and new (to me) bias cut peel ply

    Bias cut peel ply.........not! I took a close look and here's a picture of the weave. I tried to get a piece to form around a canoe stem, and even though it goes a little ways, it's not as good as cutting peel ply on the bias. Having said that, this stuff conforms great to the minor features...
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    Big kevlar canoe repairs and new (to me) bias cut peel ply

    I assume it's bias woven because of how it behaves. I had no idea until I put it on the next patch, it was then I realized it would just conform to the ribs and foam core. I was quite excited at the time, whooping and hollering. I was initially concerned because the new peel ply seemed a little...
  17. dogbrain

    Big kevlar canoe repairs and new (to me) bias cut peel ply

    It's really fast, even loaded with lots of gear. It's a bit strange to have your paddling partner that far away.
  18. dogbrain

    Big kevlar canoe repairs and new (to me) bias cut peel ply

    It seems to release like the green stuff I've used in the past. I just did a big area on the bottom, an area of roughly 70 x 30 inches. It was still a little green and I really had to put my weight into it. Mark
  19. dogbrain

    Printing maps?

    I make my map sets using Caltopo for extended canoe and backpacking trips. Like others have said, I can place markers on the maps for water sources and any other points of interest along with notes etc. Caltopo also has an app for the phone, so the same thing is on your phone in case you want to...
  20. dogbrain

    Big kevlar canoe repairs and new (to me) bias cut peel ply

    Hi Clint - If you know of a way to vacuum bag small areas it would be better/stronger since, as Jim said, you remove excess air and use the minimal amount of epoxy. Getting the new kevlar as tight as possible to the existing is the goal for maximum strength. I don't think I would waste the time...
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