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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #45: Spray Decks

08-10-2020 09:16 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Dog CockpitI had only two days to complete the dog cockpit attachment and sew the spray decks before we departed on our annual paddling-centered camping trip to Lake Superior. I got it all done with a couple of near-sleepless nights! Here’s the attachment all rounded and sanded. I sealed it with a coat of epoxy. Hip BracesThere are three different paddling positions, so I built three sets of hip braces. This photo shows the permanent hip braces at the stern position a...

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

08-03-2020 05:33 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

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...

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

08-03-2020 01:39 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Different ApproachThe 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 ...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #37: Deck Hatch Covers

07-27-2020 05:11 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Hatch CoversI finished installing the hatch covers today. I upgraded to the Derlin hatch retainers. They’re durable and work quite well as opposed to a piece of plywood. NOTE: All of the above water line holes through the hull receive a dab of silicon to help prevent water damage in the exposed plywood. The retainers are each held in place by a #10 stainless machine screw, washer, and nut. This Frost King weather stripping is amazing. My hatches have always staye...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #36: Fitting Out the Boat

07-26-2020 04:21 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Paint and VarnishI applied a second coat of varnish to the spray deck systems and painted the deck of the kayak. The only painting remaining will be spot painting of accessories after I install them. The spray deck systems are on track to be done after the third coat tomorrow. Fishing Kayak OutfittingI began the process of setting up the kayak for fishing. This won’t take very long since I had my previous single kayak set up quite well and I’m mostly transferring parts. ...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #35: Paint and Varnish

07-25-2020 12:59 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Lots of Roller and Brush Work This morning I painted the hull flat green with Parker Coatings duck boat paint. I noticed that I had rushed the primer cure a bit since I had some rub marks in the primer from the cradles. I let it go since that area is going to get scraped up quickly in use anyways. I switched from the mohair roller I had used with the thicker primer and used a foam roller for the paint. I knew from past experience with the product that the paint is quite thin....

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #31: Tandem Spray Deck and Clamps

07-21-2020 03:20 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Second Spray Deck…Same as the FirstThe process for building the tandem spray deck is the same as the solo. I dug into my bigger clamps in order to clamp the stern coaming ring at the same time as the bow. I drilled a hole in the stack when dry fitting and used silicon bronze nails (leftover from a previous build) to line up the layers during glue-up. This helps to minimize drama during the glue-up. I cut the nail flush after removing the clamps. Clamps Th...

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

07-19-2020 01:59 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Decisions MadeToday 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 recta...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #29: Spray Deck Frames

07-18-2020 03:38 AM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Designing at the BenchI’ve been mulling over the design of the spray decks in my head for some time and today I began to construct them with 1/4” Baltic birch plywood. The beauty of this wood is that the glues are outdoor capable. I don’t use it below the waterline, but I’ve used it for years successfully above the waterline. I glue parts together with polyurethane construction adhesive and finish them with marine varnish. This is enough protection for these type o...

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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #25: Attaching the Coaming Ring

07-14-2020 12:56 PM by DustyMark | 0 comments »

Lots of ClampsThe cockpit is 84 1/2” long and 20 1/2” wide…that took a lot of clamps to attach the coaming ring! The coaming ring is made up of two spacers and the actual coaming ring. This stack is glued with epoxy thickened with silica. The plan calls for mixing it to a mustard consistency. I made my batch a bit thicker to fill gaps better and it worked well. The danger with going much thicker is that you could lose adhesion and it could require more clamping pressure...

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