A northern Michigan kayak & kayak builder story.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Onward HO!

I love this kayak, the build is fairly easy and Rewarding! I have decided on 3/16" dowels secured with Rhino Glue. This process took a few hours, but I also managed to cut out the bow and stern piece. The next steps involve epoxying the bow/stern, and then cutting off the excess dowels, and a quick light sand. Following that I will build a seat, coaming and then look at skinning it.

I did add two pieces of wood to the section behind the coaming. I did this for two reasons. To add support to reenter the boat in open water, and to give me a place to secure any type of cargo. I figure it may have added a half an inch.

Check out the pics.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Progress is oh so Sweet

I love this design. It is a quick building kayak! I have cut the forms, trimed the forms, and epoxied the forms. I have also scarfed the keel, chines and gunwhales. And since I have an existing strongback I bought some zipties and on we go.

I do have a few dilemmas all in all. I have a very hard time epoxying in the current weather 20 degrees. And I am divided on how to attach the boards to the forms. There are several schools of thought: Epoxy, dowels, sinu(sp), screws, or a combination. I am thinking a fast set epoxy and stainless screws, not very traditional, but in the watehr in may work. I have to do some more research, for now zipties.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

A New Boat!!

OK, so here's the story. I got married, traveled to Eurpoe for about a month, and then had the holiday's.

But now, with the help of Matt, I am back building a Tom Yost Sea Ranger!! I am excited, because unlike the Cirrus this boat should prove to be easy. So tune back in and get ready for the new build.

So here's a few pics opf the stations, the wood for two boats and me! (Thanks Matt for the Pic).

So far I have cut the stations, epxoied them, stripped the wood to the proper length and scarfed the joints to make them 19' or so. I am atempted to epoxy them tonight, but I could only keep heat in the garage for about two hours, so I am keeping my fingers crossed for a good epoxy joint. Stay tuned!!