Small boats for kids to build

Small boats for kids to build

Post by Borri » Thu, 15 May 2003 10:02:52




Rick - what an incredible post.  You just inspired a 42 year-old fart
to build a new boat :)

 
 
 

Small boats for kids to build

Post by Backyard Renega » Thu, 15 May 2003 21:21:22

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> Rick - what an incredible post.  You just inspired a 42 year-old fart
> to build a new boat :)

Well... Congrats Rick, can't think of anything that could be said that
could make someone more proud.

 
 
 

Small boats for kids to build

Post by William R. Wa » Thu, 15 May 2003 23:37:38

something to consider is ergonomics. my one sheeters have 1 ft high sides
which is good for an *** but I don''t know about a child. Herb McLoed's
OSS has 9" sides which would be better. G Atkin's Mouse has low sides for
kids. The Prisim has a 16" wide bottom which may be a bit tight for some
***s, and the gunwales are 16x3 or 48" apart and a 60 deg flare to the
sides which might challenge a child, for example getting into and out of
the boat. those of us who dream up one sheeters can be more interested in
things like capacity, draft, wetted surface, and waterline length than in
comfort.

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>> Rick - what an incredible post.  You just inspired a 42 year-old fart
>> to build a new boat :)

> Well... Congrats Rick, can't think of anything that could be said that
> could make someone more proud.

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Small boats for kids to build

Post by Backyard Renega » Fri, 16 May 2003 02:29:38


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> something to consider is ergonomics. my one sheeters have 1 ft high sides
> which is good for an *** but I don''t know about a child. Herb McLoed's
> OSS has 9" sides which would be better. G Atkin's Mouse has low sides for
> kids. The Prisim has a 16" wide bottom which may be a bit tight for some
> ***s, and the gunwales are 16x3 or 48" apart and a 60 deg flare to the
> sides which might challenge a child, for example getting into and out of
> the boat. those of us who dream up one sheeters can be more interested in
> things like capacity, draft, wetted surface, and waterline length than in
> comfort.

I think that's why I never messed with a OSS. Personally although I
see the novelty, I think that it is much easier to build a useful tool
if you break down and use two sheets.
Scotty
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> >> Rick - what an incredible post.  You just inspired a 42 year-old fart
> >> to build a new boat :)

> > Well... Congrats Rick, can't think of anything that could be said that
> > could make someone more proud.

 
 
 

Small boats for kids to build

Post by William R. Wa » Fri, 16 May 2003 23:56:38

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> Don't discount those tiny boats.  I just built a chine log variation of
> Gavin Atkin's MouseBoat and it held my 210lbs just fine.  They're a fun
> little boat.

Here are the advantages I like in one sheeters....

- small size:  When I explore small rivers I often have to work my way
through deadfalls and rock gardens where the short turning radius is quite
an advantage.  And when I get home the boat doesn't take up much space
*** on pegs on the garage wall. But my boats are not so small I can't
stretch out in them when taking a break and eating a snack. There's room
for a daypack with food, dry cothes, camera, and the regulation safety
equipment.

- light weight: when I have to pick up the boat and carry it around an
obstruction in a river I can pick it up with one hand (under 30 lb). Its
easy to lift on top of the car aand to hang up on the garage wall well.

- ruggedness: one sheet plywood boats are stiffer and take more abuse than
skin on frame boats which are also light weight. I regularly bump and
grind my Delta boat on rocks, logs, and stumps in rivers.

- ease of building: they can be made over a few days

- low cost: my one sheeters cost me less than $25 Canadian or about $15 US.

- ease of maintenance: at worse some plywood, but mostly a bit of
polyester of epoxy resin and a dab of paint.

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Post by William R. Wa » Sat, 17 May 2003 00:04:24


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> Here are the advantages I like in one sheeters....

I had to log off and back on due to a session time limit - just want to
mention one more advantage...

-freedom: solo boats don't need anybody else. you can get away by yourself.
you never have to negotiate anything with anybody else who is in the boat
with you (paddling by committee). for two people you make two one
sheeters and each goes where he or she wants.
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