Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #30: Solo Spray Deck and Coaming

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 07-19-2020 01:59 AM 651 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Decisions Made
Today I made decisions on how to configure my solo spray deck. I set the seat back 13” from the tandem paddling position. I chose this distance since my rudder pedals have 14” of adjustment. I’ll have the pedals all the way forward for tandem paddling and and all the way back for solo paddling. I also decided to make a new dog cockpit attachment rather than retrofit the one from my triple kayak. This allowed me to make the rear spray deck opening the rectangular shape of the dog cockpit. This would also make for great cargo access if we were to use the boat for overnight camping in the Apostle Islands.

The overall length of this spray deck will fit in my truck box, so I made it from one piece of plywood.

Coaming spacers and rings laminated, but not glued to the spray deck. I used polyurethane construction adhesive to glue up the coamings. The rings are glued while clamped to the deck so that they take the gradual curve of the deck.

The rear spacer is made from a single, 3/4” piece of Baltic birch plywood. I had some left over from my teardrop camper build…nice stuff!

Tandem spray deck coamings and spacers cut and ready for lamination tomorrow.

Tomorrow I’ll fit cross beams to the spray decks, start devising clamps to hold the spray deck to the main coaming securely, and laminate the coaming rings for the tandem spray deck.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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