Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #43: Front Hip Braces

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 08-03-2020 01:39 AM 511 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 42: Hip Braces Part 43 of Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double series Part 44: Dog Cockpit Attachment »

Different Approach
The front hip braces are different since they’re anchored at the top to the spray deck. That way there’s not a permanent cleat below the coaming in this busy area.

Here’s the assembly (upside down) ready for gluing the lower cleat to the floor.

This is the hip brace cleat for the middle paddling position that I installed last night. I was happy when I was able to confirm that it doesn’t get in the way of my foot when paddling from the aft position.

Similar approach for holding in position, except the top is already anchored well by the cleat attached to the underside of the spray deck.

Tandem Spray Deck
With the braces glued in, I’m shifting my focus to completing the spray decks. I’m glad I hadn’t sewed them earlier since I ended up adding the hip brace cleat to the front position of the tandem spray deck.

This photo shows how the tandem spray deck will assemble. I’ll start sewing the vinyl that binds it all together and seals it from waves tomorrow.

Dog cockpit.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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