Paddlepup's Laker 14

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john the pom
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Post by john the pom » Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:54 pm

Jeez guys I dunno, Ningi Creek would be a long travel for me, but I spose I could manage the five minute car journey :P

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Post by tx river rat » Wed Jun 11, 2008 12:10 am

John
Mick will meet you anywhere he just wants to paddle your 14. :lol:
Mick have you ever paddled a wood yak you didnt build.
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Post by lark2004 » Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:58 am

I know I'd rather paddle Ningi creek than the Boondall wetlands.

But anywhere that's wet is good.

I get more glass next week and can start getting back into working on mine..... Might even be finished in time for summer!
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Post by jem » Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:22 am

lark2004 wrote:
But anywhere that's wet is good.
Beer is wet.
-Matt. Designer.

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Post by lark2004 » Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:48 am

damn it Matt,

I don't need to start drooling on my keyboard, I just had to buy a new computer today........(don't ask :evil: )
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Launch Day

Post by paddlepup » Tue Jun 24, 2008 3:31 am

G'day all,
Finally got the kayak finished ready for the water :D :D :D ....today was the day :D :D :D .

Loaded on the racks and ready to roll:
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Getting wet:
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She floats OK:
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Back from first paddle:
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Another view:
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Great day, paddled for about an hour until the breeze came up a bit. :) :)
First impression....great little kayak, a bit more tender than my previous plastic kayak but lovely to paddle, seems to track straight and not adversly effected by the crosswind.

First mod will be to fit a fishing rod holder. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Thanks Matt for a great design. :!: :!: :!:
Cheers
Dave

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Post by jem » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:49 am

Wow! 8)
-Matt. Designer.

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Post by olsnappa » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:49 am

Congratulations Paddlepup. Nice result. :D
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Post by Kayak Jack » Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:43 am

Isn't that a pretty boat!! You are going to enjoy the paddling, fishing, camping, and admiration.
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Post by john the pom » Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:31 am

Nice work pup. But jeez if many more lakers get built around here we're gonna be tripping over the bloody things.
I see you're another one that went for thigh braces. I went a different way - mum always said I was different :? - I put the braces further forward and brace just below my knees. Seems to work for me.
You might just be wrong if you think you finished it. I thought that too, but since thinking that I've repainted it and am currently working on a different coaming to the one I originally put on but is probably closer to the one on the plans. Same with front bulkhead/hatch. That will be coming out soon. I Just love the fact that if'n you ain't happy with any aspect of these boats just cut it out/off and put something else on.

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