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by Moeregaard
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: First-timer Can-Yak build
Replies: 19
Views: 2207

Re: First-timer Can-Yak build

Curt, I wouldn't sweat the size of the cockpit too much. Even with the full-length cockpit, the 14-foot Can-Yak is pretty cramped for two people, and if they're full-sized adults you won't have much freeboard above the waterline. You probably know this, but with one person aboard you have a ton of r...
by Moeregaard
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip Help Needed - Cavitation, Turbulence, Transom Height?
Replies: 17
Views: 1256

Re: Zip Help Needed - Cavitation, Turbulence, Transom Height?

You numbers pretty much reflect ours. With the 10"-pitch prop I usually see 29 mph at 5,500 rpm. The 11" prop reduces the rpm to about 5000 with little to no change in maximum speed. It should be noted that our Mk 55 has never been apart, so your newly overhauled motor should have a perfor...
by Moeregaard
Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Zip Help Needed - Cavitation, Turbulence, Transom Height?
Replies: 17
Views: 1256

Re: Zip Help Needed - Cavitation, Turbulence, Transom Height?

From your description, your Zip is virtually identical to ours, right down to the Mk 55E. As Chris mentioned, it's possible that your prop is slipping on the hub. Out of curiosity, what prop are you running? We found that a 10" pitch, two-blade prop would give us ~30 MPH @ 5500 RPM, and with no...
by Moeregaard
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: First-timer Can-Yak build
Replies: 19
Views: 2207

Re: First-timer Can-Yak build

Congrats on the launch! Your boat looks great. The Can Yak is a little tender around center, but you will get used to it. They're pretty stable on the water. When paddling solo, they seem to perform best if you're all the way aft in the cockpit. I did add the 1" skeg to the boats, but these wil...
by Moeregaard
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: ripping gone crazy
Replies: 7
Views: 965

Re: ripping gone crazy

I had the same problem with some beautiful 5/4 African mahogany I bought for a coffee table. It's beautiful wood, but it has a ton of internal stresses. I was able to save the project only after I resawed and planed the wood into 1/4"-thick planks, and laminated them to a 3/4" MDF core. Ho...
by Moeregaard
Thu May 25, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: First-timer Can-Yak build
Replies: 19
Views: 2207

Re: First-timer Can-Yak build

I would get all the planking installed before making plans to create a transom on one end of your CanYak. Chances are, the problem you describe isn't all that bad, and could probably be corrected with some filler. Once fiberglassed and painted, your sins will no longer be visible. You don't want a r...
by Moeregaard
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: First-timer Can-Yak build
Replies: 19
Views: 2207

Re: First-timer Can-Yak build

Christopher, gluing everything together and encapsulating the bits at the same time is like trying to glue two sticks of butter together. I get all the pieces (frames, stems, etc.) glued together and cured, and then encapsulate. When encapsulating, I brush the epoxy onto the wood and then wipe away ...
by Moeregaard
Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Zip building form and planking questions
Replies: 5
Views: 831

Re: Zip building form and planking questions

Greg, I don't have my Zip plans in front of me, but my memory says that the dimension from Frame 2 to the top of the transom is not shown, but I just went out to my Zip in the garage and the dimension you requested is 51-3/8 inches, as measured from the aft face of the frame to the outside of the tr...
by Moeregaard
Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: First-timer Can-Yak build
Replies: 19
Views: 2207

Re: First-timer Can-Yak build

I'm with Gayle on this one for sure. It's a boat. If it was perfect, it would not be a boat! Boat and perfect don't belong in the same sentence. We have a few people who are close. But, even they have a few skeletons in the closet. Bill It's not how many skeletons you have, but how well you hide th...
by Moeregaard
Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: First-timer Can-Yak build
Replies: 19
Views: 2207

Re: First-timer Can-Yak build

I traced the patterns onto vellum, then used a light coat of spray adhesive to attach them to the MDF templates I used to make the frame and stem pieces. Once the bits were rough cut to shape, I tacked the templates to the pieces with finishing nails and then cleaned everything up using a pattern-fo...
by Moeregaard
Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: LargeSquirt
Replies: 3
Views: 913

Re: LargeSquirt

We terminated the skeg on our Zip two feet forward of the transom, per our 1956 Merc's manual. The skeg had a maximum depth of two inches, which was probably excessive, as you could hear it cavitating during hard turns. You really don't need much down there, just enough to provide some lateral resis...
by Moeregaard
Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Small outboards
Topic: Plans
Replies: 2
Views: 602

Re: Plans

You might have a look at the Glen-L Pee Wee or one of the small dinghies, e.g., the Imp or the Dinky. The Dinky would be a good choice due to having built-in watertight compartments.
by Moeregaard
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: Any Can-Yak Builders Out There?
Replies: 20
Views: 6647

Re: Any Can-Yak Builders Out There?

Curt, I scarf-joined the pieces for my sheers and chine logs. I made a 90-degree fence for my miter saw to cut the angles and simply epoxied the lengths together. A 10-degree angle will give you a roughly 6:1 scarf joint, which is adequate for this application. I ripped the pieces slightly oversized...
by Moeregaard
Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Malahini seats
Replies: 14
Views: 2091

Re: Malahini seats

I think we went with 8.0 degrees from vertical on our Zip's seating, and if I were to do it again I would probably increase this to 12--15 degrees. Ours just seems a little too vertical. I would go out to your car, set the seat at some angle everyone likes, and use that as a starting point. -Mark Sh...
by Moeregaard
Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Human Power
Topic: Any Can-Yak Builders Out There?
Replies: 20
Views: 6647

Re: Any Can-Yak Builders Out There?

My 14' Can-Yaks weigh about 75 lbs. each, so most SUV racks should be able to handle one--or two. I haul them on Thule racks on a Dodge Ram, so this hasn't been a consideration. If you can find some decent 3/16" ply, you could probably shave off a few pounds. The deck planking is really a no-br...

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