|Project by Schwieb||posted 10-27-2013 03:22 PM||3321 views||11 times favorited||30 comments|
After being asked by several LJ buddies if I had ever finished the kayak I had started a few years ago, I decided I needed to post about the finished project. These things are a real labor of love and anyone who has made one can attest to the amount of dedicated effort it takes to get it in the water. Once the 2 halves are glassed and connected together; I poured resin in the ends to make them solid to support the grab loops. I dug way back in my skill set from years ago when I made macramé plant hangers by braiding cords for the loops, installed water tight bulkheads toward each end to create air chambers for flotation, in case I got swamped, installed the footrest, deck cleats, backrest, and final details. I had decided earlier that I did not want to cut into the deck to make a hatch, choosing instead to make the backrest movable so I could stash gear behind the seat.
I estimate that I have about 500 hours in this boat and probably 1/4 of that time was doing the glass work and finishing and probably even as much time thinking about and planning for the next steps. Under recommendation from my LJ buddy Paul (Shipwright) I used a resin finish by Endura. I waited for perfect weather to spray out this finish so I wouldn’t get bugs or dust in it because it sets very slowly. Then I wet sanded it all out, waited again for the right conditions and sprayed a second and third coats. The glass melted into the resin and finish so well that you can barely see it and the natural wood shows beautifully.
I dare say that I am very proud of the outcome and it was a special day when I went with my son and grand daughters for the maiden voyage on the beautiful, spring fed, Rainbow River on July 4th, 2013. It was the prettiest boat on the river and drew lots of attention. Grins! Here is a short video of the boat on the river as we took off.
Thanks to my LJ friends who encouraged and supported me through this project.
PS: The finished kayak weighed in at just about 50lbs. It is 17’ long and is based on the design of Nick Schade’s Guillemot.
-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.