Kayak with Drop in sail Rig

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Project by English posted 08-19-2017 07:38 PM 982 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this kayak for my grand daughter.

I built this kayak using Douglas fir for the frame and Okoume marine plywood for the sides bottom and deck, The outside of the plywood has been laminated with 6 oz fiberglass and epoxy on sides and bottom. The deck is laminated with 4 oz fiberglass and epoxy.

It is painted with VC Epoxy on the bottom and Rustoleum Marine topside paint for the sides, deck and cockpit.

The mast is made from Douglas Fir using a Birds Mouth Glue up with thickened epoxy, thickened with Silica Thickener. It was turned on a homemade lathe. The sail was purchased from Duckworks supply.

The kayak is a Jeff Spira design Willamette River.
The drop in sail rig is designed by Micheal Storer.
The rudder was my own design.

I hope my grand daughter will keep this kayak and enjoy it for the rest of her life.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 08-19-2017 10:11 PM

Nice build! I bet your granddaughter is one happy gal!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 08-19-2017 10:24 PM

Nice job, my friend. I’m no sailor but it looks like a fun rig. I bet she’ll get a lot of enjoyment from it.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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Scott Oldre

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#3 posted 08-19-2017 10:31 PM

These two boats are just spectacular. They look deceivingly simple, but I know the measurements and cuts need to be right on the money. LOVED the lathe.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#4 posted 08-20-2017 01:34 AM

I really like it


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#5 posted 08-20-2017 01:46 AM


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#6 posted 08-20-2017 02:59 AM

Fantastic job on the sailing kayak, looks like you used sealed buckets for hull floats.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 08-20-2017 04:45 AM

The only thing better than a boat is a sailboat.
Another nice piece of work John. I’m going to have to start sharing my “shipwright” with you pretty soon.
Personally, I’d add a jib. Maybe after she gets the hang of it. ...... :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#8 posted 08-20-2017 01:53 PM

Truly a act of love, ya did good granpa…Proud…

-- Ed Port Republic

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#9 posted 08-20-2017 02:28 PM

This is a very creative kayak and you have done a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 08-20-2017 04:10 PM

Really great build, looks like it’ll be a great family heirloom with practical fun.

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#11 posted 08-20-2017 04:59 PM

Great build. Kinda inspires me to go back and finish the little 12’ mini cup sale boat I started 9 years ago! So little left to do,, I really need to finish.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#12 posted 08-20-2017 06:28 PM

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#13 posted 08-20-2017 08:17 PM

Smooth sailing to be sure!
I think she will love it and even more that she knows where it came from!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#14 posted 08-23-2017 11:30 AM

Nice job. Congratulations!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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