Gannet kayak

Gannet kayak

Post by Chris Eakin and Elaine Stenbraate » Sun, 01 Dec 2002 06:41:54


Hey all, This October I finished construction of a kayak from plans by
P.W. Blandford. I was under 40 and single when I ordered the plans, now
I'm 47 years old and married! Anyway, I was wondering if there is anyone
else out there that has built one of these that has any comments on how
they handle. I intended from the start to use it only on calm water
(small lakes or large ponds or even sloughs) so made a few changes such
as leaving off the coaming (don't want to use a spray skirt, so I
figured I didn't need the coaming) and made it a bit wider in the middle
section as I was worried there might not be room for my ***otherwise.
October was a bit cool for me to be trying it out in the water, so I'm
hoping that by the end of next June I'll actually have had a chance to
try it out on a local lake, Anyway, in the meantime, anyone have any
experience with this design to pass on??
Thanks, Chris
 
 
 

Gannet kayak

Post by Al » Sun, 01 Dec 2002 07:42:05

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nice to hear or Blandford's plans still being built.  i have a Goblin in
my garage (sailing dinghy).

take care

Al

 
 
 

Gannet kayak

Post by sour (max camira » Sat, 30 Nov 2002 14:51:11

On Fri, 29 Nov 2002 21:41:54 GMT, Chris Eakin and Elaine Stenbraaten

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Quote:
> made it a bit wider in the middle
>section

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I've never built a kayak, or used one extensively, but...
Be aware that your widening of the hullform will have the side effect
of increasing initial stability - meaning it'll be harder to tip over.
Unfortunately, this'll also mean that it'll be harder to turn
rightside up, so make sure that you wear an appropriate lifejacket
with plenty of flotation for your size!

Happy kayaking

-m

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