ShadowHillsPhoto wrote in post #18131471
This is a project I've wanted to get to for a while now. Finally went and got all the materials a few weeks ago and spent some time the last two weekends getting it built. Still need to seal everything and build a frame to hold some camo, but I'm hoping to have it on the water for some testing in the next few weeks.
How fast is this thing?
Really, I like this, I have seen something similar but I have not seen a 'How To' on one, which is a nice job on your part.
I looked into this myself at first before buying my kayak (that I rarely use) and saw an older guy on YouTube that built one that was nowhere near as streamlined as yours, maybe you saw his too.
This ought to serve your purposes fine, I don't see a thing that looks anything that needs changing really, you seem to have it 'nailed down', so to speak.
I am wondering why you made the cut-out for your body the shape it is though. Why not round or oval? Maybe it's a trim issue, you'd want to be able to use edge molding or some sort.
Is there a formula that you followed to get to ensure its floating abilities?
This appears that it would be plenty stable though, turning may be slower, but it is not designed for speed, I know. To be able to turn this on a dime is a good thing, that does solve the problem that most have with canoes, small boats, and kayaks. They are severely restricted in their abilities to 'follow' their subject, although on a flying bird or fast moving subject this probably couldn't turn fast enough, hopefully that's not the case though.
I am going to assume that you only plan on being in waist-deep waters? The reason I say that is, I wouldn't think you'd want to be any deeper, but you could go shallower if needed, although that could be a possible leg cramp-fest.
With any more wind resistance (camo) it might be a better idea to try it out first beforehand, I mean, I know that just being on my kayak with no camo I have not seen any animal or bird that seemed to be afraid of me, so camo may not be needed. I know though, I love my camo, 'cause it has helped me too many times and has made me a believer. Still, a little wind can really screw up a good time out on the water, but that is when I have not had my feet firmly planted on the bottom too, so I am only mentioning it, I don't know what will happen.
Since you have gone farther than I have I am sure you know more about the subject.
Since you are in New York I am surprised that you mention going out and trying it out soon, 'cause I think you have snow/ice up there... heheh
Anyway, I think that from what I see you have done a really good job on this and I bet it'll inspire others to try their hand at one also.