Building Kayaks for the Grandkids

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Blog series by English updated 08-19-2017 07:07 PM 7 parts 14253 reads 11 comments total

Part 1: Kayak Build: Getting Started

07-23-2017 11:58 AM by English | 3 comments »

This winter I started a new project for my Grand Children. I started building a Kayak for each of them. For my Grandson who loves to fish, I built a 12’ kayak. For my Grand Daughter I built a two person 15’ kayak. I started with plans from Spira The plans for the 12’ kayak is free. The Huntington Harbor. I purchased the plans for my Grand Daughters kayak. It is called the Wilamette River. I want these to last a life time so I used the good q...

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Part 2: Installing The plywood and Fiberglass

07-28-2017 09:06 PM by English | 2 comments »

Next step is to install plywood to the faired frame. I am using 6 mm Okoume Marine Plywood for the sides and bottom and 3mm for the decks. The side panels are fitted and screwed to the frame . The bottoms are fitted and screwed. The panels are marked to show where the panels touch the frame and removed from the frame. The frames, and the panels where they make contact to the frames, are coated with epoxy, then reinstalled to the frame using #7×3/4” stainles...

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Part 3: Kayak Build: Painting the bottoms

07-29-2017 11:58 PM by English | 3 comments »

After the epoxy fill coats have cured for a day or two the boats had to be sanded smooth. I cleaned up the sanding dust by washing the boat with warm water then a lacquer thinner swipe. After Taping off the boat at the water line I painted the bottoms of both boats with a two part epoxy bottom paint with Teflon added. This is a very hard paint that is very hard to scratch. It holds up great to being dragged up on beaches. The tape was removed to show the b...

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Part 4: Making Outriggers and Crossarms

07-31-2017 08:38 PM by English | 0 comments »

At this point I needed to get the outriggers made so that they would be ready for paint at the same time as the Kayaks. To get started I knew I needed a outrigger that would support the weight of my grandson. He is 6’3 and 250lbs. I looked at a lot of options for outriggers, Stitch and glue, made out of foam, inflatable, a frame covered with cloth and epoxied. He is quite tough on things so I decided wood with Fiberglass would hold up best. I found a plan on the internet for a small ...

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Part 5: Making the Mast, Rudder and Leeboard

08-18-2017 06:03 PM by English | 1 comment »

While some of the epoxy was curing I got stated making the mast, the mast partner, the Rudder, and the Leeboard. For the mast I decided to make a birdsmouth 8 segment mast. I needed a finished mast that was 1-1/2” in diameter. I started by cutting 8 Douglas Fir strips each cut to 5/8” x 3/4” x 8’. On each piece I routed a grove that was cut by a 45 degree x 45 degree router bit. To assemble the mast you place one of the right angle sides into the grove on another stri...

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Part 6: Painting The Kayaks

08-19-2017 06:22 PM by English | 0 comments »

It’s time to finish the Kayaks, My grandson requested navy blue with a deep green cockpit, and a natural deck. My Granddaughter requested Teal with a navy blue cockpit. The cockpits of both Kayaks have to be sealed so if the kayaks get left out in the rain that water can not get between the frame and the plywood. All of the plywood to frame joints were filleted with thickened epoxy. After the epoxy fillets cured the cockpits are coated with two coats of epoxy. The kayaks h...

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Part 7: Launch Day!!!

08-19-2017 07:07 PM by English | 2 comments »

Here are the finished kayaks. I found and old Kayak Trailer on Craigslist. It looked perfect for the kayaks. I made each one of them a Kayak Buggy. Here we are putting them together at the lake. In the water pictures of each Kayak. I hope the grand-kids will keep these for the rest of there lives. Thanks for looking.

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