Corvette Overhaul: 383 Stroker

The Corvette, now at least driveable and with definitive proof it was being fueld properly and surviving, was driven by me for a few months, but persisted to nag at me. The need for race fuel was a giant headache, and made it impossible to go beyond a half tanks distance from my house safely. Running it on too low an octane fuel would cause detonation, possibly to probably resulting in internal engine damage. Add that to the fact that at 8mpg and roughly $12 for a mixture of race and pump gas the car cost $1.25/mile, the whole thing seemed ludicrous.

Initial State, Initial Engine Dyno Tuning (350 sbc)

The Corvette came to me in very rough shape. Despite having had a myriad of extended family friends swear the Corvette was worth 40,000 dollars, the Corvette didn't even want to run. With some work and tinkering, we were able to get it to barely scoot along. Replacing the spark plugs introduced major concern, as one of the ceramic centers had been blown out. Those are very hard and thick pieces, and don't just dissappear. Something was woefully wrong. Ontop of that, 10 years of squirrels and mice had moved in and out of the Corvette. It was in rough shape, and needed a lot of attention.

2014 Jackson Superhero

More beginner usage, more comparison

The Dagger Katana came out yet for two more beginner trips, and with much the same results. Notable primary stability (not leaned over), good secondary stability (leaned over) and adequate to good agility. The boat is still very difficult for a beginner to paddle straight, but the skeg as always makes short work of that issue in the flats. Typically I start a beginner with the skeg down for straight aways, and then slolwy reduce the amount of skeg as time goes on. By the end of the trip they're doing good.

Ongoing usage by beginner kayakers

The Dagger Katana has seen additional usage since the initial review, this time in the hands of my friend Courtney. She's really new to Kayaking, infact this was her first outing on a boat. We started first with her on this boat on a lake. This is where the skeg really demonstrates just how much of a mutli-purpose boat this really is.

Initial Review

So in the interest of avoiding as much buyers bias as possible, I waited until I had 3 days in the kayak on the water to review it. It's pretty rad, but it has some pros and it has some cons. I'll cover those here.

Dagger Katana 10.4

So I was sitting there on my couch, laid up with a broken femur... thinking I need something to do that I can do with a screwed up leg. Kayaking came to mind, and so I picked up a kayak and paddled my days away on the pretty lakes surrounding my house.

First "proof of concept" effort

After reading a giant forum discussion on DIY Disc Golf Baskets over at, I got to thinking I could do better, for less money. I'd been itching for a project for some time, and while all of my favorite tools were in Oregon, I had a good amount of basics available to me at my parents place in New Hampshire. Why not give it a go?

DIY Disc Golf Basket (welded)

I love making things. I also like a good challenge. The idea of just throwing money outright at something just doesn't interest me... or maybe it's that I don't have that much money! Knowing this about myself, I frequently find myself heavily engaged in fun projects.

Building up the camper - 2013

So, I unfortunately got so heads down on this project I forgot to document everything... so here's the jist of my work during the year of 2013.


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