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dpenney
05-12-2000, 08:17 PM
I have been contemplating building a S&G kayak for over a year now and have gotten to the stage of selecting plans.

Now, I am not a great woodworker but am highly motivated to give this a try. What I am wondering is the difference in complexity between single and multi-chined hulls as well as how these two types differ from the 'round'bottom hull.

Specifically, I am looking for the design which will forgive the beginner for his/her woodworking mistakes.

Designs I am currently contemplating include: Mill Creek (13ft,multi-chined,CLC), Golden-Eye (16ft,multi-chined,Noah's Marine), Yare (16ft,round-bottom,CLC), Treker (16ft,multi-chined?,Noah's Marine). Two of these designs are available from CLC (http://www.clcboats.com/) while the other two are available from Noah's Marine (http://noahsmarine.com). I believe that the Cape Charles is a hard-chined hull.

Thanks for your help,

Dave

Ric@Noah's
05-15-2000, 05:28 AM
Originally posted by dpenney:
I have been contemplating building a S&G kayak for over a year now and have gotten to the stage of selecting plans.

Now, I am not a great woodworker but am highly motivated to give this a try. What I am wondering is the difference in complexity between single and multi-chined hulls as well as how these two types differ from the 'round'bottom hull.

Specifically, I am looking for the design which will forgive the beginner for his/her woodworking mistakes.

Designs I am currently contemplating include: Mill Creek (13ft,multi-chined,CLC), Golden-Eye (16ft,multi-chined,Noah's Marine), Yare (16ft,round-bottom,CLC), Treker (16ft,multi-chined?,Noah's Marine). Two of these designs are available from CLC (http://www.clcboats.com/) while the other two are available from Noah's Marine (http://noahsmarine.com). I believe that the Cape Charles is a hard-chined hull.

Thanks for your help,

Dave
Dave
Mill Creek is a single chine, and Golden Eye is a multi chine. Yare and Treker are both round bottom. Easiest to build would be the round chine, only two sheets of plywood. Downside is low volume and load carrying. The single and multi chine will carry more weight.
Stitch and glue does not require any great woodworking skills, and instructions are good in all these designs. Your choice should be based on what suits your purposes rather than ease of building. Besides boat building is easier than furniture, no right angles or fancy joints, and you can fix your mistakes with epoxy.

Ric