I have always like things that float on the water. I also like woodworking. I decided the two go together well.
I have started, as of August (2013), a "Stitch & Glue" construction Kayak. it is a kit, the Penguino 145 4pd, from PygmyBoats.com. 14' 6" length, 25"beam, about 36 lbs. when completed. it is made of marine plywood, coated with fiberglass and epoxy, inside & out, there is no exposed wood.
The construction table, that's her car, mine's evicted
Table done, 1/2 length planks laid out
Gluing up the 1/2 lengths, my red toy in the background
Stitching the keel together with wire,
The Bow, stitching second plank into place,
more of second plank stitching with wire, they are removed later
Aug. 29 stitching fourth plank in place
Sept. 2 hull planks stitched together, 5 temporary formers in place:
All hull planks together with wire stitches
Gluing planks together with Epoxy; once set, then remove wires
Aug. 23 all plank seams with epoxy, then thickened epoxy,
sanded, at this point the first seal coat of hull with epoxy
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An OOPPs, with the stern fiberlgass/epoxy overlap, yet to be
corrected. maybe tonight; to be scraped down with cabinet scraper
Sept. 29 ForeDeck wire stitched, taped to hull
Aft Deck set in place, first trial fit
Oct. 5 Temporary deck plank clamps, waiting for epoxy glueing
positioning the cockpit edging & recess plate, looking towards stern,
The mould form in cockpit will be removed later, stern deck wired in
Fiberglassing bulkheads and hatch & cockpit coamings
Cockpit lower coaming being installed, not enough clamps??
It's November, colder, not good for epoxy application.
added space heater to garage, can't wait to see ComEd bill
Fore Deck hatch has been cut out, adding ledge-lip
The Bow & Stern thickened epoxy pours. to allow
for bow and stern handle ropes. that attic acess
door has a new use. Stem in water to help control
Kayak mostly done, it's -12 degrees F. today. garage is too cold.
What's left is three coats of Marine Varnish, complete the deck rigging,
the hatch cover hold downs, the perimeter lines, and install seat
and back rest, Then go Paddle!!
waiting and anxious to see water, Greenland style paddle, perimeter lines installed, hatch hold downs done, & deck rigging done.
It is completed !!!!! and ready to see water! Stern view
water has arrived, it is launch time
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collapsible sail on foredeck, along with the Greenland Inuit style wood paddle
Kayaks can have sails, this can fold down easily onto the foredeck. Water bottle Spray Skirt in place
a quiet day for paddling, Silver Lake, Blackwell Forest Preserve