Wood strip Kayak post #8

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Project by Schwieb posted 10-27-2013 03:22 PM 4386 views 11 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After being asked by several LJ buddies if I had ever finished the kayak I had started a few years ago, I decided I needed to post about the finished project. These things are a real labor of love and anyone who has made one can attest to the amount of dedicated effort it takes to get it in the water. Once the 2 halves are glassed and connected together; I poured resin in the ends to make them solid to support the grab loops. I dug way back in my skill set from years ago when I made macramé plant hangers by braiding cords for the loops, installed water tight bulkheads toward each end to create air chambers for flotation, in case I got swamped, installed the footrest, deck cleats, backrest, and final details. I had decided earlier that I did not want to cut into the deck to make a hatch, choosing instead to make the backrest movable so I could stash gear behind the seat.

I estimate that I have about 500 hours in this boat and probably 1/4 of that time was doing the glass work and finishing and probably even as much time thinking about and planning for the next steps. Under recommendation from my LJ buddy Paul (Shipwright) I used a resin finish by Endura. I waited for perfect weather to spray out this finish so I wouldn’t get bugs or dust in it because it sets very slowly. Then I wet sanded it all out, waited again for the right conditions and sprayed a second and third coats. The glass melted into the resin and finish so well that you can barely see it and the natural wood shows beautifully.

I dare say that I am very proud of the outcome and it was a special day when I went with my son and grand daughters for the maiden voyage on the beautiful, spring fed, Rainbow River on July 4th, 2013. It was the prettiest boat on the river and drew lots of attention. Grins! Here is a short video of the boat on the river as we took off.

Thanks to my LJ friends who encouraged and supported me through this project.

PS: The finished kayak weighed in at just about 50lbs. It is 17’ long and is based on the design of Nick Schade’s Guillemot.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 10-27-2013 03:40 PM

this is a bit more then a wow ken…500 hours, and she is oh so beautiful, i would imagine even on a dark cloudy day the shine from your smile on the watercraft is so very brilliant, so i would guess she is not for sale…lol…fantastic job, enjoy your time on the water with her, fantastic work.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 10-27-2013 03:46 PM

She’s a living thing now Ken and a true beauty.
Enjoy your quiet times together, pamper her and be proud of her.
..... and smile big and wide when the compliments roll in.
You deserve it.

Well done.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 10-27-2013 03:46 PM

This is a work of art fantastic build and outstanding workmanship.Beautiful beautiful beautiful. Great job

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#4 posted 10-27-2013 03:47 PM

Beautiful kayak, makes me remember how long it has been since I have been on the water. Hope you have
many wonderful years with that beautiful craft. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 10-27-2013 04:02 PM

That’s awesome.

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#6 posted 10-27-2013 04:13 PM

Beautiful work!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 10-27-2013 04:57 PM

Beautifully crafted craft there Ken. I couldn’t get the video link to work. That last picture was a sight you had waited a long time to see. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 10-27-2013 05:35 PM

A gorgeous piece of work Ken. I’m truly sorry I missed out on this during the build as it would have been fun to enjoy the build as it was being done. I clicked on the video, but it wasn’t there. Be proud, that was great work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 10-27-2013 05:51 PM

Candy and Mike, I am puzzled about the link to Youtube. I clicked on it from the LJ post just now and it worked fine.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#10 posted 10-27-2013 06:13 PM

Great craftsmanship and after 500 hours…......great determination too. Thanks for bringing this project to completion for the rest of us to see, admire and be inspired.

-- Doug

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#11 posted 10-27-2013 06:25 PM

The link goes to YouTube but it says “No video found” when I click on it.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 10-27-2013 06:43 PM

Hey Ken…This is Lee Leitner. Just saw your amazing labor of love. What can I say but WOW. Blue run is the perfect place for her. I will have to come see her in person next time I head down that way. By the way my wife loved the den…first time I had the opportunity to show her the old childhood spot.

-- Lee

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#13 posted 10-27-2013 08:57 PM

Ken, that is one amazing job and well worth the many hours you spent working on her. Enjoy all your time in the water. Excellent craftsmanship!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#14 posted 10-27-2013 09:03 PM


Wonderful. Superb craftsmanship, as usual. Some day when I have a little more space I hope to build one myself.

For those having trouble with the link, try this one:

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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#15 posted 10-27-2013 09:52 PM

Sehr Hubsche eine traume werkschtuck really nice boat I watched it develop through all the 167 photos and will watch it again no doubt thanks for sharing. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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