|Project by indplswoodworking||posted 07-05-2014 10:17 PM||3069 views||2 times favorited||32 comments|
This is my first boat. This design was based very roughly on the Guillemot Kayak and modified it very intensely based on my requirements and preferences. This is a flat bottom kayak. Almost every aspect of this vestal was modified during the design process. It is 14 feet in length and consists of African mahogany plywood and MAS fiberglass/epoxy for the rigidity. The paddle is constructed from laminated layers of Poplar , Cherry , Pine , and Maple. When possible all species were harvested locally in central Indiana. Some of the modifications are: Custom seat with backrest , custom footrest , poly waterproof glove-box to storage , lizard mascot , embossed manufacturing date , and custom carrying handle. In regards to the construction time these photos were taken exactly 60 days after I decided to tackle the project. I worked almost every day fabricating or cleaning/organizing the shop. I would estimate it tool me about 30-40 hours of hands on time to complete the project. This is made from 4mm marine grade Okoume plywood and alternative strip built solid wood option could take 500-1000 hours to build , this is not a typo. Baptizing this tomorrow in Eagle Creek Reservoir. Wish me Luck!!!
Side Note :
For anyone that is interested I created a Lumberjocks Forum about 60 days ago documenting this entire process. It was created before I even made the first step in the process. Almost every major step has been documented with photos and there is a TON of great commentary and feedback from experienced boat builders. It also includes the free plans and Instructables.com step by step guide. My goal was to encourage someone to build a kayak or anything.
Check it out: