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Building Kayaks for the Grandkids #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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Building Kayaks for the Grandkids #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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Building Kayaks for the Grandkids #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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Building Kayaks for the Grandkids #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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Building Kayaks for the Grandkids #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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Building Kayaks for the Grandkids #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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Building Kayaks for the Grandkids #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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2012 Bodega Bay Fish Fest Wooden Boat Challenge

05-10-2012 04:24 PM by Dan Lyke | 2 comments »

3 hours. 2 sheets of cheap CDX 3/8” plywood, 10 1×2s, 2 2×2s, a sheet of plastic, 2 tubes of caulk, a bunch of deck screws, a few nails, some rope, some ductape, a few other details. Hand tools only, except for battery powered drill/drivers. And then you race. An amazing day out at the end of April in Bodega Bay here in Sonoma County in Northern California, I highly recommend coming out for it, either as a contestant (and this two-year winner is thinking about ways to appro...

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Stitch and glue Kayak?

03-17-2010 03:26 AM by Mark Edmondson | 5 comments »

I found a Web site that has software to design a stitch and glue kayak. Once your design is complete, you send the file to the company, which charges you to render the plan into a template, then sends you an image file to print off. Here is the link: Has anyone done this? Because I want to , but I’m interested in seeing some detail pictures of the seams before I commit to building a boat this way. Thanks!

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kayak clamping blocks

08-06-2008 07:15 AM by psolver1 | 3 comments »

One important lesson i experienced this evening is to sand your clamping blocks well before using them on the molds to clamp the strips. I was in the middle of gluing a strip on and clamping it in place when i received a particularly nasty splinter from one of the clamping blocks. Stopping to remove a splinter in the middle of a glue up is exceptionally inconvenient. I am using the old puppy dewormer syringe application technique for my strips, about 20 cc for a 17 foot strip seems to...

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