I never considered sending this in, but it makes sense that
I do. The following project is a direct result of Duckworksmagazine.com.
I was browsing the site one day when I came across an article
submitted by Milton "Skip" Johnson.
I participated in the 2001 Texas Water Safari. I didn't finish
with a stellar time, but my partner and I did finish which was
our goal. I have always been a project oriented person and decided
that one day I would finish the Texas Water Safari in a boat
that I made. I contacted Skip to see about having him design
me a boat. We are currently making some design changes, but
the design is nearly complete. He sent me a surface file per
my request and I machined out a scale model of the boat. I didn't
scale it to any particular size other than scaling it down to
20 inches long. The life size overall length is 23 feet.
My plan for the boat is to use 3/8" thick Klegecell foam
for the core of the boat and lay it up just as I would using
woodstrip construction. I will skin the inside with Kevlar and
the outside with Kevlar and s-glass. This should result in a
lightweight and very strong canoe. I currently don't have a
place to construct this project, but I'm working on some possibilities.
The canoe will be 2-person with sliding seats in the bow and
stern. I plan to deck in the bow and stern. I may not add them
initially, but I plan to put 2 full height bulkheads in the
center section of the canoe. I will add a nylon spray skirt
over this section to keep water out. I am enclosing some pictures
of the project.
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