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Kitesail

Since 23 Jun 2006
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PostFri Feb 13, 09 6:28 pm    Hollow Wood Strip Kiteboard Reply with quote

Just started on Cedar Strip Kiteboard -
I understand they are a sweet ride Wink

The construction is made of a spline and ribs with cedar strips laminated over.
Glassed with Epoxy and top-coated. Pretty sure it's going to be in there "weight wise".

My Kayak Project:
Completed a Cedar strip Kayak this winter that is just under 16' and weighs 33lbs finished. It's a nice boat to paddle; light to carry and responsive.

I'll post some build pictures of the board as I'm underway now.

John


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Gman

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PostFri Feb 13, 09 7:31 pm     Reply with quote

That kayak is impressive
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chanson

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PostFri Feb 13, 09 9:30 pm     Reply with quote

that looks pretty sweet

these guys got it down it looks like..

http://www.grainsurfboards.com/

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Sella

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PostSat Feb 14, 09 5:38 am     Reply with quote

Gorgeous craftsmanship John. Looking forward to the future pics.

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barfly

Since 31 Mar 2005
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PostSat Feb 14, 09 8:47 am     Reply with quote

very nice, is that a kit?

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pkh

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PostSat Feb 14, 09 9:54 am     Reply with quote

Beautiful stuff!

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Inept_Fun

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PostSat Feb 14, 09 11:46 am     Reply with quote

Kayaks are dope.
Do you think the board will be strong enough hollow?? Could break easy dont you think?

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TWIN-FIN

Since 24 May 2006
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PostSat Feb 14, 09 12:10 pm     Reply with quote

So is it safe to say that you wont be jumping this board?
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Nak

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PostSat Feb 14, 09 12:25 pm     Reply with quote

Very cool! I really like that Kayak; you obviously are damn good at this. Thumb's Up

Will you fill the interior of the board with some kind of light foam? Can't wait to see the finished product... Any chance you might post some photos of the work in progress?

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blowhard

Since 26 Dec 2005
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PostSat Feb 14, 09 2:20 pm     Reply with quote

really nice look
hang it on the wall when not using
is that stitch and glue?

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Moto

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PostSat Feb 14, 09 2:23 pm     Reply with quote

Looks good man!
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Kitesail

Since 23 Jun 2006
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PostSun Feb 15, 09 7:37 am     Reply with quote

First of all thank you for the compliments!

I did quite a bit of research before I took on the project. Wood strip boats are surprising strong and can turn out just as light as a high-tech composite built boats, and usually wind up being lighter than Fiberglass w/gel-coat. It comes down to design, density of the wood strip (mill thickness) and glassing techniques.

The strip method allows complex curves to be created and formed. Each strip is beveled so they are seamless around a radius and the width is thin enough to follow the ribs.

It is not a “kit” though I’m pretty sure they are available. (just google it)

Twin-Fin; you know me better than that! Laughing

If I’ve done a good job at planning it should be plenty strong. Laying out the ribs correctly and enough of them in key locations should help for sure.

Nak I’ve been considering foam in some area’s; not really sure at this time. Question

Blowhard; Yeah I told my wife I’m out in the shop building furniture! Laughing Ha………(no stich-n-glue; already done that)

Some pic’s of the Kayak building……. (pic's of my wife an me)....
Going “green” is in process……

BTW: the board shown is not mine, just an example of the process.

John


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PostSun Feb 15, 09 8:16 am    wow Reply with quote

cant wait to see how this turns out kitesail!
ive been very interested in building since i had a hess surfboard in my hands
http://hesssurfboards.com/

good luck!

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cosmodog

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PostSun Feb 15, 09 10:47 am     Reply with quote

Nice kayak.
You might want foam (closed cell) in your board just to limit air expansion.
I had a hollow Doyle windsurfer (w/ vent) and it would build up a lot of internal pressure on hot days (and during altitude changes).

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Kitesail

Since 23 Jun 2006
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PostMon Feb 16, 09 7:29 pm     Reply with quote

cosmodog -
Vent plug regardless; thanks. I had a Doyle Windsurf board too.

I'm thinking liquid foam in key foot areas Question
Going to start on the rails next.

Some build pictures:
John


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Kataku2k3

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PostMon Feb 16, 09 7:33 pm     Reply with quote

Looks awesome so far! Thumb's Up

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TWIN-FIN

Since 24 May 2006
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PostMon Feb 16, 09 7:47 pm     Reply with quote

WOW!
Looks AWSOME!
You got mad word working skills.
My wife-o-unit wont even let me build a small storage area for rakes and shovels.
What the Hell?
I cant wait to see the finished product.

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