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.
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