|Project by DustyMark||posted 05-08-2014 02:11 AM||3329 views||3 times favorited||11 comments|
I built this two-man kayak from a plan by Chesapeake Light Craft in 1996. It is 29 1/2” wide and 20’ 6” long. It originally weighed in at 69 pounds fully rigged. There are four laminated beams that define the radius of the deck. This stitch and glue kayak is constructed with 6 mm okuome mahogony plywood. The deck is coated with Interlux marine varnish and the hull is painted with Interlux Brightsides paint.
Electric Bilge Pump
We are moving to MN this month and plan to paddle in the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior. I recently installed an 1,100 gph electric bilge pump to help empty the cockpit if we should ever swamp in those frigid waters. This will free our hands to be able to put our spray skirts back around the cockpit coaming upon reentry. The battery is tucked neatly away in a Pelican box bolted to the stern bulkhead in the dry storage area.
I built the paddles in the photos. The shafts are laminated from basswood and turned on the lathe. The blades are also laminated from basswood and sheathed in 6 ounce fiberglass cloth. I faithfully used my homemade wood paddles for years. However, I finally nodded to technology and purchased a nice pair of Werner Camano paddles with carbon shafts and fiberglass blades. They are a delight to paddle…
The Tred Avon is stable and quite fast. It’s a great coed tandem kayak. After 20 years of good use, I sold it to a good friend and switched over to a shorter, wider folding kayak that has more room for our dog.
-- Mark, Minnesota