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    Default Building SWAMBO's wooden canoe

    Basic specs - a 12ft (3.7m) open canoe.

    Not quite finished, but weight at the moment is still under 8.5kg.

    It is being built from a single sheet of 3mm plywood in typical stitch-and-glue fashion.

    Solid wood is spruce, salvaged meranti doorframes and packing crate planks. Fibreglass and epoxy where required.

    The design is the Flywood by Flo-Mo. There are no actual plans apart from a dimensioned drawing that shows the panel layout on a typical 4ft x 8ft sheet:
    One sheet boats - FLO-MOFlowing Motion

    I have been keeping a series of video logs - I'll post some of the highlights so far. The rest of the episodes are all on youtube. They are a little slower and contain more talking and focus on specific construction details. here is the beginning:



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    And the most recent progress:



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    That looks amazing, great work ��
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    Verry nice! I like it when people take pride in their work and know how to use their hands for something other than a pen or a cellphone.
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    Awesome!!
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    That is awesome. Lightweight and durable. I am looking forward to its "sea trials".
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    I am glad you approve, even though it has prototype written all-over it. We will have to see about durability. The plywood is unfortunately not marine or even exterior grade, so epoxy sealing will have to be really thorough. It will be used on salt water estuaries so I am not as concerned about wood rot as much as ply delamination.
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    Quote Originally Posted by William View Post
    I am glad you approve, even though it has prototype written all-over it. We will have to see about durability. The plywood is unfortunately not marine or even exterior grade, so epoxy sealing will have to be really thorough. It will be used on salt water estuaries so I am not as concerned about wood rot as much as ply delamination.

    I heard that mothers-in-law are good ocean test pilots.
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    Skills on display. Also a cool workshop


    Next project, just add a propeller hat and you can have all four hobbies covered.

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    First splash today. Some parts of the canoe were still tacky, the epoxy fillet in the stern was only done this morning!

    Seize the Tide, as they say. At least here in our drinking village with its fishing problem.

    Tracks well, turns on a dime, it even floats upright if you sit carefully.


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    Her SWAMBOness approves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by William View Post
    Her SWAMBOness approves.


    Dis &*@en FANTASTIES!!!

    Well done William!
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    The little tomato crate has proven to be use-able as a fishing tub, although I had to sit flat on the bottom to have enough stability for casting.



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    I have since also added a permanent seat and finally got around to varnish the whole boat.
    No more fishing for me with such a high seat, I will just have to build one for myself then...









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    Where was that caught? Bluewater bay?

    Have many pleasant memories of swimming across the Swartkops onto the sandbank and either spooning or fly fishing for elf and grunter.
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