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rmaddock

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This week, I have been mostly.....
« on: August 14, 2011, 10:31:06 am »

This week, I have been mostly.....

.....building a canoe!

Sometimes, models just aren't big enough so we spent this week on a course near Keswick building a 15' plywood open canoe!  O0  It was courtesy of an organisation called ORCA: http://www.orcadventures.co.uk/index.htm

Lots of lovely family activity time  :}

This is the finished result.


More photos at: http://photobucket.com/AugustORCA
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pugwash

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Re: This week, I have been mostly.....
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2011, 01:44:45 pm »

Nice Job and as an ex-occasional canoeist I'm glad to see you are all wearing buoyancy aids. They are great fun when you are
young and fit.  Can just about remember those days

Geoff
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rmaddock

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Re: This week, I have been mostly.....
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2011, 05:06:49 pm »

...I'm glad to see you are all wearing buoyancy aids...

Oh yes! I'm a fully paid up member of the self-preservation society and physical coward.  :embarrassed:
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Re: This week, I have been mostly.....
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2011, 10:34:28 pm »

I'm glad to see you are all wearing buoyancy aids.
Er, do you mean life jackets or the bodies' love handles?
But they don't look particularly overweight on that photo, as far as added buoyancy is concerned.

Besides, you're lucky. I wish there was a canoe building workshop here as well.
I would gladly lay keel of a canoe, given the shop facilities were available.
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Re: This week, I have been mostly.....
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2011, 11:48:47 pm »

Er, do you mean life jackets or the bodies' love handles?
But they don't look particularly overweight on that photo, as far as added buoyancy is concerned.

Besides, you're lucky. I wish there was a canoe building workshop here as well.
I would gladly lay keel of a canoe, given the shop facilities were available.


i think you'll find her means on the other photos on photobucket per the link where the canoe is on the water. you rude man you

phil
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Re: This week, I have been mostly.....
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2011, 12:05:13 am »

Interesting. So you pull the panels together with the zip ties, with the wadding between the panels - then what?  Do you epoxy the inside then sand off the excess epoxied wadding?
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rmaddock

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Re: This week, I have been mostly.....
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2011, 08:34:16 am »

Interesting. So you pull the panels together with the zip ties, with the wadding between the panels - then what?  Do you epoxy the inside then sand off the excess epoxied wadding?

Yep! That's exactly what you do. Those with more foresight than me left very little wadding protruding inside as cleaning it off was definitely the hard part of the job.  We ran epoxy into the joints from both sides. The insides are also glass-taped.

The amazing thing is that the ply is fairly thin and the whole boat seems less solid that many model ones....still, we haven't broken it yet after several hours of paddling and me and my love handles weigh quite a lot  :embarrassed:
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Re: This week, I have been mostly.....
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2011, 12:11:34 pm »

"Lots of lovely family activity time   :-)"

Excellent and good for you Sir.... we need a lot more of that sort of stuff on this planet!

... By-the-way, where is the RC gear hidden?  %)
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Re: This week, I have been mostly.....
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2011, 12:46:54 pm »

Very nice canoe there - well done to the whole team.

Don't it feel good to get on the water in something you built?  :-))

Ian
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Re: This week, I have been mostly.....
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2011, 02:07:56 pm »

where is the RC gear hidden?  %)

In the life size crew figures, of course  {-)

Don't it feel good to get on the water in something you built?  :-))

Actually, it was rather terrifying the first time. Now that we're used to it, it is fantastic. And the bragging rights are immense!  :P
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