John R. Brackett, DDS, MAGD
Creating Beautiful Smiles
Call: (630) 323-2047

Kayak- penguino145

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  14' 6" length, 25"beam,  about 36 lbs. when completed.  it is made of marine plywood, coated with fiberglass and epoxy.

As the project continues, I'll add additional photos.

  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,                      The Second hull coating, this time fiberglass with epoxy, at least 

sanded,  at this point the first seal coat of hull with epoxy                                  two more epoxy coats on hull,  then start the deck     

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An OOPPs, with the stern fiberlgass/epoxy overlap, yet to be                   Sept. 29      ForeDeck wire stitched,  taped to hull              

corrected.  maybe tonight; to be scraped down with cabinet scraper


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,       This is About the end of Oct..  deck & hull fiberglassed, hatches to be

The mould form in cockpit will be removed later, stern deck wired in        be cut in next.




Fiberglassing bulkheads and hatch & cockpit  coamings                 Cockpit lower coaming being installed, not enough clamps??


It's November, colder, not good for epoxy application.                        Fore Deck hatch has been cut out, adding ledge-lip

added space heater to garage,  can't wait to see ComEd bill



The Bow & Stern thickened epoxy pours.   to allow               Kayak mostly done,  it's -12 degrees F. today.  garage is too cold.

for bow and stern handle ropes.  that attic acess                what's left is three coats of Marine Varnish, complete the deck rigging,

door has a new use.    Stem in water to help control           the hatch cover hold downs, the perimeter lines, and install seat

heat generation.                                                                  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