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Old 10-15-2010, 11:56 PM
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The wood kayak sites don't seem to have much to do with outfitting the boats for fishing exclusively. And the kayak fishing sites have nothing to do with wood kayaks.....
It's like.. stuck.. with no one to relate to..
I can build my own cheaper than I could buy one at the local Bass Pro Shop...

I got the idea from a tandum Old Town, mine is 14' long and 33'' wide and weighs 65lbs. with no seats.

That said...Here is my first atempt at a kayak... not my first boat.




I'm going to build one lighter, a cedar strip fishing kayak (sit in). The hull designs of just about all kayaks appear to be about the same just as canoe hulls appear to be the same.
I am located in Missouri and fish the Ozark streams and local lakes and ponds. They all have one thing in common (wind) to blow a canoe like crazy. This is one reason I prefer to make a low profile hull.

If you had the choice to design the perfect 12' hull (that is at the water lines) what would be the best tracking and maneuverable design- and dimensions?
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Old 10-16-2010, 07:33 AM
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vey nice! I know there are a couple sit on top plans out there based on the tarpon series, have not seen one in action yet
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Old 10-16-2010, 01:39 PM
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Wow you have talent. Is that your won design...I like it. Can't wait to see the strip built one. I've been wanting to build my own kayak for years, but I just can't seem to get over the length of time it takes. One day I'll do it though!

Thanks for posting. I like to see other's imaginations in pictures!

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Old 10-16-2010, 03:50 PM
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That is absolutely beautiful. You got some talent!
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Old 10-16-2010, 05:37 PM
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Very Nice!
But I have to correct you, It’s NOT “Home Made” It’s “Hand Crafted”!!

Try this site; (SouthernPaddler.com) they aren’t 100% fishing, but about 98%.
http://www.southernpaddler.com/
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Old 10-16-2010, 06:02 PM
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Thanks guys I mounted my trolling motor on it las week and got it rigged to operate with foot steering. Took it out today and it kicked --- beats the heck out of using the hands.

I had this set up on my 17' Osagen this summer.. http://s147.photobucket.com/albums/r...noe%20project/

I decided to try foot steering on the kayak.
I used PVC pipe for the foot pedals and bungee's to keep tension on the lines..it worked like a charm..Just pull the line to dis-engage the stop catch and push both feet forward and the motor raises..






The head to the trolling motor is just bungeed in place..


The complete kayake build is here... http://s147.photobucket.com/albums/r...yak%20project/
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Old 10-16-2010, 06:33 PM
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That is awesome. I'm in the middle of a driftboat build right now, but I am definitely thinking a kayak might be next...... Although two driftboats would nice.........Maybe both. I like the set up with the big cockpit, very nice.

It takes patience to work with wood like this, something I don't have....
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Old 10-17-2010, 07:06 AM
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Outstanding!
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Woodman just raised the bar on comfort seating in a kayak!
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:26 AM
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Yea the seats were free to...

Not like this one I bought for my next solo kayak..

Active Comfort System (ACS)
http://store.oldtowncanoe.com/produc...stem_%28ACS%29
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