Franks SK14 from Japan

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Re: Franks SK14 from Japan

Post by Fuzz » Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:35 pm

Go for the AB23. A ton of us were waiting for the Cracker to build one :D



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Re: Franks SK14 from Japan

Post by RightCoastin » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:30 am

NavyBuilder13 wrote:
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Great build Frank, I really like the color choice. I am currently stationed at Little Creek and take my SK14 out quite a bit. It is a great craft for lynnhaven and Rudee inlets. Be prepared for lots of questions at the boat ramps, cheers.
I will be at little creek as well, supporting NSW.
Gotcha. I'm over at rivron two. Looking forward to the warmer weather!
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Re: Franks SK14 from Japan

Post by NavyBuilder13 » Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:41 am

We been looking around Kings Grant area, my wifes whole family lives within 10 mins of Rosemont it seems. How does the sk14 due around Hampton roads I was looking at Chesepeeke bay, to much for it?

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Re: Franks SK14 from Japan

Post by RightCoastin » Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:52 pm

I haven't ventured out in the bay yet, but a calm day would be doable. I tend to stay in the inlets and down to the outer banks.

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Re: Franks SK14 from Japan

Post by NavyBuilder13 » Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:20 pm

Any thoughts on this Garmin tackle direct has it half off?
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Re: Franks SK14 from Japan

Post by cape man » Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:04 pm

Their maps are proprietary and expensive compared to everyone else who use Navionics.
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Re: Franks SK14 from Japan

Post by Jeff » Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:06 am

Frank, I have had a Garmin for over five years and always enjoyed using it!! My technology is old now but I still use it!! Jeff

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Re: Franks SK14 from Japan

Post by Capt UB » Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:57 am

NavyBuilder13 wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:20 pm
Any thoughts on this Garmin tackle direct has it half off?
It's been too many years, but I've had a few Garmins GPS's. Back before maps and colored screens! Always like the brand. My Dehler Sailboat had the basic early 1990's Garmin, I think it was a 120? crossed the Atlantic with it! Sometimes you can get the chips/maps from West Marine stores cheap, but you have to go in and ask.
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Re: Franks SK14 from Japan

Post by RightCoastin » Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:50 am

NavyBuilder13 wrote:
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Awesome build! How does the boat handle with the larger hull? How stable is it? I'm starting a SK14 at 10% scaled up soon, that's why I ask. I'm hoping to fit a Suzuki 9.9 so hopefully I can maintain planning speed with the larger/heavier hull. Anything near 20 mph would suit me just fine. Again, awesome build!
Only the pics on page 10 sitting in water.

The boat handled awesome and felt stable at all times when moving, sitting still it takes just a bit of getting use too nothing like a kayak or paddle board but you still have to pay attention at first. This is my first small craft and I feel ok only two times out, it would be nice to have a grab bar to catch your self or lean against however it’s ok without. At 10% scale up I might would look at the FS18 and benefit from all aspects, looking back that might have been the better deal for me, either way you can’t move this one by your self without a cart or trailer takes two grown men especially scaled up like mine. I want to complete this one 💯 and learn a lot more while using it while I build my next bigger boat. I constantly look at the FS19 or the panga 22 and 25 but will see.


Anyway more paddle work today cleaned it up on jointer and knocked the sides down with router and glued up blade and handle.
I picked up a light weight grab bar for my SK and it makes all the difference when operating. It does make it more challenging to get to the bow due to having to stand in the edge while leaning towards the centerline of the boat. But still worth it.

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Re: Franks SK14 from Japan

Post by Dougster » Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:18 am

I like my older Garmin a lot. That is a good price I think. They seem to have dropped the price on the sv models 'cuz I think only the svplus models will accept the new livespace/panoptics high dollar transducer (think $1500 for the transducer alone 8O ), so they're selling those off at a good price.
BTW, a agree with the grab bar. A bit of trouble getting to the bow on my SK14, but worth it.

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