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KBBS Update - Closing Down

Submitted byadmin onSun, 01/23/2022 - 19:59

I'm Shutting it down

Unfortunately the Kayak Building Bulletin Board is not what it used to be. As Brian has pointed out it got filled with spam. Traffic has been so light otherwise that I have decided it is not worth keeping the forum active. However, I will keep the data available. No new posts or comments will be allowed.

Kayak Forum Issues

Submitted byadmin onFri, 08/28/2020 - 16:54

I apologize for the forum going dead for a few days. I didn't notice right away, but I have spent the last two days tracking down issues. Something infected my directories on my web host with some malware. Two days plus $250 later we are at least back online.

I am trying to update the Kayakforum CMS to the latest version but there is something weird about the configuration and the automatic update system is puking on the project. I could do it the old fashioned way by copying various files into various directories, but it would make life better if the automated system worked.

Best Inflatable multipurpose Kayak

Submitted bykayakclimber onTue, 08/13/2019 - 07:50


I’m looking for a tandem inflatable kayak for me and my girlfriend. I would need it to be tough (sometimes my 15 kg dog will come with us) and as multifunctional as possible. 

I’ve seen the advanced elements convertible elite


and the Bic Yakkair

Login problem

Submitted byJohnAbercrombie onSat, 06/22/2019 - 11:38

I usually stay logged in to this site, but this morning I needed to log in again, so I tried using the link at the upper right under the 'Search Form'.

I got an error:

Redirects to external URLs are not allowed by default, use \Drupal\Core\Routing\TrustedRedirectResponse for it.

This happened several times, until I switched to the 'box' link at the left side above the listing of post topics.



little auk design

Submitted byJon Parker onFri, 05/31/2019 - 17:35

Hi All

I'm hoping to build my first kayak soon and I have chosen a Little Auk for my introductory project (hopefully with a curved top deck if I can work out how to plot and make the forms !). I can't afford  plans so I'm working it out as I go. Is building the smaller version of the Great Auk just a matter of shortening the form spacings or is there more to it than that ? Any advice much appreciated...I have a feeling that I might become a regular visitor to this forum !!! 

Jon (Cardiff Wales)

Guillemot end forms

Submitted byPeter Harvey onThu, 05/09/2019 - 04:34

I’ve just started building a guillemot, using the info in Nick Schade’s book. I have a query on the end form lines as the keel depth on the end forms is deeper than it is on either of the forms against which it comes up against. What is the purpose of this edge or should I be planning it off so that it match the adjacent forms?


Any help/suggestions gratefully received

Just Starting: Attaching Forms to Strongback

Submitted byMichael74 onFri, 04/19/2019 - 08:35

I just ordered Great Auk kayak plans and read Nick’s book, “The Strip-Built Sea Kayak” as first steps.  I also ordered a 2x4x16 foot LVL construction beam to use as the strong back (I read that this was a better option than a 2x4 because it is more true).  My naive question is how I attach the forms with actual 2” by 4” cutouts to the LVL, which has 1 1/2” by 3 1/2” true dimensions.  Should I try to center a 1.5 x 3.5 inch hole on the form instead of cutout the 2x4 hole, or just try to shim the larger hole to the smaller LVL?