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17' Cedar Strip Kayak

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Project by Irishmike757 posted 08-18-2014 12:53 AM 2041 views 18 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Began this project November of 2013. Due to a very cold winter and my shop heater is marginal, no work Jan/Feb/Mar due to low temperatures. Resumed in April with fiber glassing etc. Was a very fun (long) project but am excited to get it in the water.





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#1 posted 08-18-2014 12:57 AM

Beautiful, awesome project! Everyone within a mile of the water will be turning their heads ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 08-18-2014 01:19 AM

this is so gorgeous, what a work of art, i would be smiling every time i put this in the water..a beautiful job…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 08-18-2014 01:44 AM

That is a gorgeous boat. I hope it gets lots of use. It will certainly get tons of admiring looks when you take it out.

How did you choose which boat to make (I assume it was from purchased plans?). Did you have an opportunity to try out a similar model before committing to build?

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#4 posted 08-18-2014 02:01 AM

Nice job

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#5 posted 08-18-2014 02:21 AM

I chose the boat design (from Ted Moores Bear Mountain Boats Plans), more for capacity and size, plus the fact I liked the look of the boat. Unfortunately, there were none of this design locally to try out, so I’m stuck with it! I am sure I will like it though.

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#6 posted 08-18-2014 02:49 AM

well irish mike, when you say you might be stuck with it, here , let me be a real friend, i dont want you to be stuck with it, if you feel that way, ill trade you a very large stack of 5/4 walnut and i can then know that i eased your burden..that is what we are here for, to ease each others burden…so rest assured, help is always here…:)..:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 08-18-2014 03:11 AM

how thick are the stripes of wood that you use for these, wondering if 5/4 walnut is thick enough to get double the amount of wood from one board, what say ye IrishMike…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 08-18-2014 03:14 AM

I chose the boat design (from Ted Moores Bear Mountain Boats Plans), more for capacity and size, plus the fact I liked the look of the boat. Unfortunately, there were none of this design locally to try out, so I’m stuck with it! I am sure I will like it though.

Strips are 1/4 in. thick by 3/4 wide, walnut may work, but you couldn’t pick it up when you were finished except by a tow truck!! I used western red cedar for weight and flexibility!

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#9 posted 08-18-2014 11:19 AM

Beautiful. I like the diamond detail. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#10 posted 08-18-2014 11:47 AM

awesome

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#11 posted 08-18-2014 12:23 PM

Beautiful, I love wooden boats of all types. I can only begin to imagine the work that went into this beauty.

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#12 posted 08-18-2014 01:05 PM

Great Job! This has been on my bucket list for quite some time. Thanks for the post!

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#13 posted 08-18-2014 01:17 PM

That’s a very beautiful kayak you have there Mike. It is certainly one to be proud of. Please let us all know how it handles for you. Better hurry up and get it in the water as soon it will be too cold to do so. (-: Have you made a paddle for her yet?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#14 posted 08-18-2014 01:28 PM

Very nice. Have any construction pics to post?

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#15 posted 08-18-2014 03:16 PM

I’ve always been curious about boat, specifically kayak, making. This is gorgeous and I’m wondering too if you have any construction pics. I wouldn’t even know where to begin building one, but I’d like to see how it’s done to know if it’s something I could handle someday!

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