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 Post subject: Tyne Slalom frame photos
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:43 pm 
If it works, here is a link to a photo album showing my Tyne Slalom. The unusual feature is how the frames are secured to the keel and deck ridge making assembly very fast. This kayak was built around 1960. I am currently reskinning it.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 9:25 pm 
That's the coolest thing I've seen all week. Please post more when you get the skin finished.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:57 am 
Hi Steve,

Your Tyne kayak looks and your description sounds really interesting. Could you tell a bit more about this boat?
Is “Tyne” the brand name or the model name?
Where was it manufactured?
What are the dimensions, both fully assembled and stowed?
Would you be able (and willing ;-) ) to give measurements or drawings which would enable one to re-build this boat?

I would be happy to hear/read more from you about this boat!

Best regards


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:26 pm 

Tyne is the brand name. Slalom is the model name.

Tynes were built at New Castle / Tyne, England. I was told that the slalom was designed by graduate students at the local naval university. The university at New Castle is the main ship design (naval) engineering university in England.

The following dimentions are from memory and not exact.

Assembled dimentions are about 14 feet long and 24 inches (2 feet) wide.

I am not sure what the folded dimentions are but the frame is in two halves and one half is a little longer so I think it is about 7.5 feet long.

The weight of the frame is about 45 pounds.

Right now the kayak is partially wrapped in vinyl being reskinned so I can't make any drawing right now.

Materials are much better now than in 1960. I would suggest taking one of Tom Yost's designs using alum. tubes and plastic frames and modify it with the folding frames. You could assemble it as a ridged kayak then cut it in half. The tubes could be spliced using a slightly larger tube as described by him. Folbots use the same system on their tubes. You could also use one of Percy Blandford's designs you can buy at Clark Craft and modify it with the Tyne folding frame design.

Thanks for your interest.


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