|Project by DustyMark||posted 05-08-2014 02:11 AM||1754 views||2 times favorited||10 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.
The Tred Avon has served me well over the years. Unfortunately, my cockpit covers leaked during outdoor winter storage in Illinois in 2006. The boat sat filled with water for months. Back in the mid 90’s the manufacturer didn’t recommend fiberglassing the interior cockpit floor, but only recommended painting an epoxy barrier coat. The water found its way past the epoxy and began a slow rot process. I finally noticed damage this past winter in the floor. I patched the cracks with with 10 ounce fiberglass tape. I then fiberglassed the entire floor with 6 ounce cloth. I should get quite a few more years out of the boat with this sound repair.
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 isn’t the most seaworthy design since the bow doesn’t have quite enough buoyancy. This causes the bow to plunge through the face of larger waves rather than float over them. I’ve used it in 4’ chop in the past, but it’s a pretty wet ride for the paddler in the bow. It’s perfect for chop of 2’ or less. I’ll likely build a new tandem kayak within the next couple of years.
-- Mark, Minnesota