Project Kiwi Lobo Kayak and Uncle John’s Pirogue Kit

Here’s a 9ft long (2.75m) Kiwi Kayak Lobo my friend Ted just gave me.
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I’ve used lots of kayaks and canoes but none this short. It’s clorox bottle plastic but pretty light. Looks big enough to fit me but I haven’t tried it yet.
DSC06413DSC06415The bottom is dished in a bit. Might try to fix it or might just try it as is. I’ve seen some pretty lumpy boats do OK.
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Especially since my plan is to try sailing it with a small sail rig using this pool stick for a mast. Some tiny sprit rig, lateen or leg-o-mutton sail should really move this mini-boat.
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Need to figure out a mast step and support, maybe attached to the footrest support. And some type of primitive simple rudder and lee board.

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Werner double paddle I bought last week at the flea market for $10 USD.

Paddle is very light with carbon fiber handle, and the blades are canted or feathered for efficiency. Hope it’s long enough though, short ones get you wet.

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Nice big seat for my wide, cyborg, childbearing hips.

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Charity thrift store cue stick was too curved for pool but fine for nautical work. Unscrews for packing.


I’ll sort it out and try paddling it before I attempt to sail it. Web opinion on the Kiwi Lobo’s stability is generally good-but some do report swamping it.DSC06421
I expect paddling it to be pretty slow and difficult given what it is…a cheap, rugged, $400-500 starter boat. But sailing it might be a blast. Thanks Ted.
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And now for something not entirely different, Uncle John’s Piroge boat kit.
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I believe I paid around $60 for this Uncle John’s Pirogue boat-in-a-box kit back in the mid-oughties. I always wanted to try building it-maybe conning my woodworker dad to do most of the work, but it hasn’t happened yet and he’s 92 now.
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Easy as 1-2-3, all you add to the kit is two 1/4″ (6.35mm) plywood sheets, 14 ft (4.25 m) of 1x4in (25x100mm nominal) lumber, fasteners and paint. And of course ‘one weekend’s’ labor.

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All the sticks you need for a 13 footer (4 m)

All bits are numbered for easy assembly. You could easily make extra ribs to make the length from 13 to 15 feet.
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If done right these Uncle John’s pirogues can turn out beautiful and work very well in thin waters.

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I guess I never built it because I always had a boat to float me and didn’t need to. But one of these days…

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