Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #20: Just Had to Sit in the Kayak!

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 07-04-2020 10:46 PM 899 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 19: Rounding the Edges of Hull and Deck Part 20 of Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double series Part 21: Fiberglassing the Hull »

It Fits!
This is the stage of the build where you get a very good idea of the boat’s fit and comfort. I placed some shoes under the hull to support it and Mary and I sat in it to discover paddle and feet clearances.

A section of roof rake makes a good paddle simulation in tight quarters! I’m thinking that I’ll paddle the kayak solo at a position 48” back from the inside edge of the front coaming. That will leave room for my anchor rig/rod holder board for fishing behind me and my fish cooler. This is a position that should be good for fore and aft trim.

Tandem paddling will require me to scoot forward about 10” so Mary doesn’t knock me in the shoulders on each paddle stroke! My rudder pedals have 13” of adjustment so that will work out well.

Plan for the Cockpit
I plan to make two removable spray decks that will seal off the large cockpit from heavy seas. These will follow the approach used by folding sea kayak manufacturers. I’ll make two coaming rings for each spray deck that fit the expedition neoprene spray skirts we use with our triple kayak. Each of the coaming rings will be fastened to a cross bar at the fore and aft position that is secured to the large coaming of the kayak. This will provide a safe means of independent entry and egress from the kayak. I’ll sew a custom vinyl deck that will be sandwiched between the coaming ring assemblies and sealed with vinyl cement.

Since we have two different positions for me, depending on what we’re doing, I’ll make two decks. Deck One will be for tandem paddling with my seat set back at 38”. Deck Two will be for solo paddling, sailing (tandem or solo), and me taking the dog out for a paddle with my seat set back at 48”. Mary won’t be able to paddle in this set-up, but we need to have our weight back further for proper trim with the force of the sail in the bow.

Here’s the dog’s cockpit attachment. I’ll use this as a form to bend the coaming rings to the right shape so that I can use this assembly in either our triple kayak or the new Wood Duck!

Fiberglass the hull.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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