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by zeuson
Fri Oct 28, 2005 7:38 pm
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: ORCA
Replies: 2
Views: 684

ORCA

All, Just wanted to mention that I have been regularly paddling my ORCA for the last year and almost one half. I did build it like a tank, but I don't worry about rocks either. It has always been stable enough to sit back and relax even in small waves, but still tippy enough to feel like a kayak. I'...
by zeuson
Fri Jan 28, 2005 9:49 pm
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: ORCA 17 Finished
Replies: 27
Views: 5144

ORCA update

I thought I would give a quick update on my ORCA and maybe hear from some other builders. I have used the kayak twice a week at a minimum for the last few months. It is very stable and I am very confident in it. I have caught a few strippers fishing with it, but one got away because as I took the ho...
by zeuson
Fri Nov 05, 2004 10:24 pm
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: ORCA 17 Finished
Replies: 27
Views: 5144

ORCA Update

All, just wanted to give an update on my Orca. I have fitted it with a rod holder and have been doing some fishing with it. I have taken it out in 2 foot waves in 10-15 knot winds and have had no problems. It will surf the waves, but if you get a little sideways it gets turned quickly. When I take i...
by zeuson
Sat Sep 25, 2004 8:27 pm
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: ORCA 17 Finished
Replies: 27
Views: 5144

ORCA 17

My ORCA will probably never be taken on a trip that requires portage. I'm not that strong! I'm planning on building a strip built expedition kayak for trips like that. It will be as light as it can be. This ORCA works well for me here in the Chesapeak and I'm looking forward to doing some fishing in...
by zeuson
Wed Sep 22, 2004 7:17 pm
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: ORCA 17 Finished
Replies: 27
Views: 5144

Orca

I've had my Orca out on the bay a few times now. I built a longer rudder. The kayak is pretty long and in the waves the stern comes out pretty quickly. If you get a bit of turn going you end up getting really turned by the wave. The bigger rudder should help. I've also got a spray skirt, which is ni...
by zeuson
Wed Sep 08, 2004 8:37 pm
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: ORCA 17 Finished
Replies: 27
Views: 5144

I used BC pine bought at Lowe's. I also glassed the top and bottom, seems like overkill now, but the fiberglass made it much easier to get a smooth finish verses the wood on the sides. I built it mainly to exercise with and maybe do some kayak camping on occasion, so being a little heavy is okay by ...
by zeuson
Tue Sep 07, 2004 8:56 pm
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: ORCA 17 Finished
Replies: 27
Views: 5144

I weigh close to 200 pounds with clothes and gear, so if floating with the knuckle (whatever that is?) above water when empty with me sitting in it is a good thing, that's good. I think the boat is close to 85 lbs, which is pretty heavy. The exterior plywood and the figerglass expoy coating, my firs...
by zeuson
Sun Sep 05, 2004 10:06 pm
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: ORCA 17 Finished
Replies: 27
Views: 5144

Pictures

All, Finally figured out how to get pictures up. I put some in a gallery called Orca 17. I think this url will work: http://gallery.bateau2.com/index.php?cat=12473 Forgive the paint and finish job. Didn't want to spend too much time on that until after I learned how to kayak. As a beginner's it seem...
by zeuson
Wed Aug 25, 2004 10:11 pm
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: ORCA 17 Finished
Replies: 27
Views: 5144

ORCA pictures

I have the pictures on my computer now, but I don't know how to post them here. As soon as I figure out how to set up my web page on cox.net I will do so and post them.

Ken
by zeuson
Tue Aug 24, 2004 5:00 pm
Forum: Small Boats
Topic: ORCA 17 Finished
Replies: 27
Views: 5144

ORCA 17 Finished

All, I finished my ORCA 17 and floated it yesterday. It was very tippy, becuase I don't know much about kayaking!!! After reading up a little today I took it out and had a great time. It wasn't near as tippy and I felt very comortable in it. Now it seems pretty stable. I will take it out and roll it...