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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #7: Gluing the Puzzle Joints

06-05-2020 08:11 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

CNC Routed Joints Rock!I built two kayaks from plans in the mid-nineties. I scarf-jointed the panels and lofted the curves from offset measurements. It was neat to know I did it all myself, but it’s even neater to get on with it and crank out a kit boat in a short amount of time…getting it on the water. Here’s a panel with the puzzle joints dry fitted. These joints are amazingly tight, but not too tight. Their design provides a lot of glue surface. The back...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #6: Surveying the Kit

06-04-2020 03:42 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Arrived!The plywood kit arrived yesterday and I unboxed it soon afterwards. The smaller box with the epoxy arrived a couple days ago via Fedex. The CNC-cut plywood parts shipped via freight. CLC has sold well over 30,000 kits and they’ve got packing them up down to a science. This is the contents of the epoxy and filler kit. These are the hull and deck parts laid out in preparation for gluing up the puzzle joints that join pieces to make them full length. ...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #5: Why the WDD Will Make a Good Sailing Kayak

06-01-2020 11:41 AM by DustyMark | 1 comment »

Previous Sailing KayaksIn 1996, my late wife and I bought a pair of Nautiraid folding sea kayaks, rigged them with Balogh Sail Designs sails, and brought them with us when we were stationed in Germany for three years. It was a great way to get our young family out on the water. We paddled rivers through wine country, passing by an occasional castle. We sailed alpine lakes in several locations and discovered that kayak sail rigs were quite a bit of fun. They didn’t ...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #4: Why the WDD Will Make a Good Duck Hunting Kayak

06-01-2020 01:26 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Layout BlindOne approach to hunt ducks is to get as low as possible underneath a blind that matches the local vegetation as closely as possible. Field hunters do this in a layout blind. The same approach can be achieved in a layout boat. This is my nephew in the layout boat I helped him build in 2015. He’s sitting rather upright in it in this photo because the vegetation is pretty high and he can get away with it. He hadn’t finished the back side of the blind at this po...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #2: Why the WDD Will Make a Good Lake Superior Kayak

05-30-2020 07:19 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Our Camping StyleWe have a truck and a smaller-sized travel trailer that we use as a base camp for our outdoor activities, which include sea kayaking, fishing, and mountain biking. Keeping the kayaks to 14’ or less makes for an easier lift to the roof of the truck and allows the topper door to open without interference. At 60 pounds, the Wood Duck Double is actually pretty light for it’s generous 30” beam. At 14’, it’s only 6” longer than the blue ...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #1: Overview

05-30-2020 04:32 AM by DustyMark | 5 comments »

Needing an Intervention?I like to plan and build things from wood…the more complicated, the better! I especially enjoy building small boats. Previous boat builds included a tandem sea kayak, single racing kayak, single recreation kayak, mini ski boat, single performance/play kayak, skin-on-frame rowing shell, and three duck hunting layout boats. I even built a teardrop camper in 2016. I recently finished part of my basement and lost some of my small boat storage. That leaves me w...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #27: Brushing the Boat

10-15-2015 02:23 AM by DustyMark | 2 comments »

Overview All of the sewing is done and I included brushing straps on the flip blind doors to insert brushing material. I planned to use zip ties on the mesh panels at the bow and stern and on the dog blind. The original plan was to use Avery Killer Weed, a Rafia grass product, over the whole boat. That didn’t work out as well as planned… First Attempt = Failure I blended Avery Killer Weed’s All-Terrain and Cattail Slough together thinking it would be an effective...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #25: Fabricating the Dog Blind Frame

09-16-2015 10:12 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Overview The only portion of the boat remaining to be covered is the dog blind area in the stern of the cockpit. Copper is pretty small, so I didn’t leave him a whole lot of room to “nest.” The height is just enough for my head to clear when I sit up. Copper can lay down or sit with his head lowered. Allowing him full seated head clearance would defeat the purpose of a layout boat. Construction I built the frame from 3/4” aluminum tubing and bimini fit...

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Building a KARA Hummer Layout Duck Boat #1: Building the Lower Frame

05-11-2015 07:00 PM by DustyMark | 6 comments »

The Requirement I moved back to MN in June 2014, after nearly 30 years away, and my brother quickly introduced me to duck hunting. We’re not on any of the major flyways here, so we need to put everything in our favor possible. We read about the advantages of layout boats in providing maximum concealment from wary ducks and talked about it in the duck blind all last season. Our hunting party consists of my brother, my nephew, and me and we decided to build three one-man layout boat...

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For the wooden boat enthusiast

01-23-2015 08:53 PM by wood247 | 3 comments »

A REALLY interesting movie (1 hour 35 minutes) about building a wooden boat named Charlotte. There is a video on the website, they say it is low resolution and a small frame. I watched it on Hulu plus without commercials, but it can be viewed on the free Hulu with commercials. Be sure to watch all the way through the credits for the mast install and her sailing in the wind.Outstanding movie!!!!!! Amazing craftsmen!!!

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