Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #44: Dog Cockpit Attachment

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 08-03-2020 05:33 AM 634 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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What We Do for Our Pets!
Copper has great small boat manners and he’s fun to take kayaking, so I’m building him a place to sit in the new kayak. The solo spray deck has a rectangular coaming ring behind me and that’s Copper’s spot.

The dog cockpit attachment is a 1/4” plywood box with two sections of trim around the perimeter. 3” up from the bottom is a 3/4” by 3/4” piece of trim that rests the attachment on top of the coaming ring. The second section of the trim is 1” by 3/4” and forms a coaming for him to rest his chin and also creates a lip to attach a doggie spray skirt. I’ve experimented with him and know that I have to cut the trim all the way to the plywood at the corners. This prevents the spray skirt from hanging up and trapping/drowning the dog if we tip the boat.

I’m on a time crunch and went with 1/4” galvanized crown staples and polyurethane construction adhesive to assemble the box. The staples are really just clamps holding everything together while the glue cures. I filled the staple holes with epoxy putty.

3/4” by 3/4” pine cleats hold the adjacent panels together.

This photo shows both rows of trim. The whole assembly is locked in by two 1/4” bolts tightened into threaded inserts under the spray deck. This is secure and makes for a quick installation. A vinyl spray skirt will wrap around this box’s perimeter and secure with a bungee to the rectangular coaming of the spray deck. This keeps water out of the boat.

I’ll sand and prime this attachment in the morning and paint it green late in the evening. It should be cured enough the next day to fit the doggie spray skirt.

Sew the spray decks.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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