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    Building a wooden SUP.

    Last December Miss M and I picked up a paddleboard that we could use as a tandem.

    It was a blast and in March we tried to race it. Well actually we did race it.

    We had fun and impressed everyone in the race but I knew that the board was holding us back.

    The sport of Stand Up Paddleboard has evolved enough that there are now racing boards. The primary difference is in the prow of the board. Regular boards have somewhat of a turned up prow so they won't dive into the surf. Racing boards have a sharp nose that cuts through water and chop so they are much faster (just difficult to surf).

    I started looking around for a racing board that was big enough for the both of us.

    Couldn't find one.
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    these are better than i was expecting, and my expectations were already rather high.

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    Even though I couldn't find one to buy I did find one to build!

    Chesapeake Light Craft has a SUP kit of a 14' wooden board that has a race shape.

    All you have to do is build it.

    However there were a couple of issues;

    1) It is designed for only one paddler (I decided to fabricate some extra internal reinforcement and custom build a deck pad).

    2) By the time I pulled the trigger and the box arrived at the door there were only 4 weeks left before we needed it (Better get busy!)
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    It wasn't all that hard to assemble and I really didn't have any problems fabricating an extra bulkhead and extend the center stringer.

    It only took about a week but the manual did warn that it would take more time to glass, paint, varnish and finish the thing then to do the basic assembly.

    They sure were right. Every coat of resin required 12 hours to fully dry and the varnish and paint took a day for each coat.

    Plus there was about 15 hours of sanding mixed in.

    Just managed to finish it in time.
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    Cutting it pretty short we finished it in time to give it a try on the water the day before we left Florida on our way to the race on our way to DC.

    It was fast but no where near as stable as our other long paddleboard.

    No matter how it paddled it sure is pretty.
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    Beautiful work.

    I built a kayak years ago and it was surprising how fast it went together and then how long the finishing work took... But man, every extra hour of work sanding paid off.

    Great job!
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    When we actually raced the thing we ended up being about 45 minutes faster than we were on our single racing boards on the same course last year.

    Hmmmm, this could work out.
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    Looks wonderfully well made.. Any thought of starting a company MB1-Boards & Bits ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullvine View Post
    Looks wonderfully well made.. Any thought of starting a company MB1-Boards & Bits ?
    LOL. make me an offer......
    Quote Originally Posted by the_dude
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    1) awesome! nice job, beautiful. I love me some long thick pieces of wood.

    2) you'd faster if you had a motor. HTH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
    ...2) you'd faster if you had a motor. HTH.
    I put the motor on the front of the board!
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    these are better than i was expecting, and my expectations were already rather high.

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    1) I love the Mercedes Parking Only sign
    2) Beautiful work
    3) When you're riding a bike, does MissM shun the safety gear as well? She's such a rebel
    4) You have a fully stocked garage/workshop at both houses? WTF.
    5) No integrated yoga mag? Fail.
    6) No integrated camera mount? Fail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrRoebuck View Post
    1) I love the Mercedes Parking Only sign
    2) Beautiful work
    3) When you're riding a bike, does MissM shun the safety gear as well? She's such a rebel
    4) You have a fully stocked garage/workshop at both houses? WTF.
    5) No integrated yoga mag? Fail.
    6) No integrated camera mount? Fail.
    1) They gave that sign to her where she worked for 30+ years. She had a designated indoor parking spot (very, very rare in DC) and rode her bike to work.

    2)

    3) If you look closely you will see that she is wearing a "Coastal" PFD around her waist, I was wearing a full PFD because I was cold.

    4) No garage in our Row House in DC, but there is a basement workshop...

    5) No yoga on a race board (unless you really enjoy swimming).

    6) Hand held baby!
    Quote Originally Posted by the_dude
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    Definitely came out beautiful. Love the work you put into it and the final product. Not to mention the speed increase!
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    That came out really nice! Yeah, it doesn't look very stable with that curved hull and V bottom. Nice that it's so much faster.

    What's with all the jackets and that word "cold"? It's Florida in May.
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    What type of tang does it have?
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    The ones I made had a poo tang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyTooBad View Post
    ...What's with all the jackets and that word "cold"? It's Florida in May.
    It was late April and it was a cold snap; must have been in the low 50's or so.
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    We built a couple kit kayaks about 10 years ago. It was just a matter of following directions to make beautiful boats. Great value too.
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    Wow. I am seriously digging your project! It turned out BEAUTIFUL.

    It also reminds me just how inept that I am at woodworking. I had a little project here at the Bike Bunker - needed to fix a wooden screen that we use to hide the trashcans - and I wound up actually destroying what I was trying to repair. Give me metal, a hack saw, and a torch any day.

    //EDIT: apparently I don't spread enough "rep" around to give it to you again. Consider yourself affirmed.
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    Now thats pretty cool

    Nice job! Whats it weigh in at? I'll guess 55-60 lbs....
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    man, that looks sweet. but is it uci compliant?

    you are doing so much with your retirement. i am jealous.

    you should check out what nick offerman has been building. he ups the canoe/kayak game by doing his own paddles, too.


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    Looks great, MB1. Are those carbon fiber paddles? They assplode in the sun, newb.

    If I lived anywhere near water, I'd want a SUP.
    I expected the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this.

    I was thinking the same thing. That John Denver's full of $hit, man.

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    I would suggest that you bring your SUP over to Baltimore and try it in the Inner Harbor. But, you probably would need a full range of shots if you got anywhere near the water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fordy View Post
    Nice job! Whats it weigh in at? I'll guess 55-60 lbs....
    If you are asking about the paddleboard; it weighs well less than 30 lbs.
    Quote Originally Posted by the_dude
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldozer View Post
    Looks great, MB1. Are those carbon fiber paddles? They assplode in the sun, newb.....
    That is why we keep them wet!

    OTOH I have been thinking that a couple of wooden paddles would look pretty sweet with the wooden paddleboard.
    Quote Originally Posted by the_dude
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    Nice design and details - I like that you can see the wood grain but incorporated the paint and footprints. Looks like an awesome project.
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    Nice work and a beautiful craft. I've often thought of building a touring kayak but I don't think I'd have the patience to do it right. And I'm terrible with fiberglass. You are a patient perfectionist and it shows.
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