|Project by DustyMark||posted 05-08-2014 10:12 PM||3397 views||6 times favorited||15 comments|
I launched my newest kayak today. It’s a Chesapeake Light Craft Wood Duck 10 that I built from a kit. Check out this short video of my maiden voyage.
This kayak is 10’ long, 30” wide, and mine weighs in at a light 33.8 pounds. It includes a bulkheaded rear compartment that is accessible from a stern deck hatch. The primary wood is okuome mahogany plywood with an accent piece on the deck of sappelle. The construction method is stitch and glue. Each panel is stitched together with copper wire. Adjacent panels are filleted with a thickened epoxy mixture which eases the radius for the 3-inch wide, 10-ounce fiberglass cloth that holds the boat together. Copper wires are cut after the inside seams are cured. The entire boat is then sheathed in a protective layer of 6 ounce fiberglass cloth that is impregnated with high quality epoxy.
I finished the hull with three coats of Interlux Brightside marine paint. The deck is finished with four coats of Interlux Schooner varnish. The boat shines like a piece of furniture on launch day, but these finishes take a beating while in use and require a bit of tender loving care to keep their look.
I paused the build for over two years. I used the original epoxy for a subsequent filler coat and it never cured; I had to scrape it off the entire boat…what a pain. I eventually prevailed, but considered scrapping the boat at one point.
The panels on the starboard stern did not line up perfectly during assembly. I applied a thickened layer of epoxy to bondo that area. This forced me to paint the hull to mask the bondo area. Most builders varnish the entire boat, but I’ve come to like the look of a painted hull. It makes the deck stand out all the more.
This is a great little boat. I should have finished it back in 2011 and been using it this whole time…oh well. It will be perfect for fishing, guests, and future grandkids!
-- Mark, Minnesota