|Project by Don||posted 10-07-2016 03:29 AM||1205 views||8 times favorited||13 comments|
Last May I decided to build a kayak after building a ice boat over the winter and then finding that one needs good knees and an ability to push the ice boat and jump in, neither of which I can do any longer. A kayak sounded more sedate and would also be a challenge to build. It was a challenge, but a fun one, but I was wrong about the sedate part. It needs outriggers! Pretty tippy, but I’ve heard that gets better.
I bought the plans for a North Star Kayak from Laughing Loon Kayaks. The plans were quite complete and if I had a question, the owner Rob was willing to take the time to talk on the phone. It is made of 3/16×3/4” strips I cut from non kiln dried local cedar. There were a number of strips that had to be bent and it was done using a heat gun. The non kiln dried wood bends much easier than dried wood does. There’s fiberglass cloth, at least one layer, on all inside and out surfaces and the final weight is about 40 pounds. It’s 18 ft, 4 inches long. It took a couple of months of pretty much full time work to complete it, but I’m ready to start another for my wife. She was thinking she’d get this one because I wouldn’t like the on the water part, but I surprised her – it’s great. The lake is Flathead in NW Montana, where we call home.