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Project by Schwieb posted 267 days ago 2267 views 10 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

https://picasaweb.google.com/109404507221235031715/WoodStripKayak

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0HkuaO-svA

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.





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grizzman

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#1 posted 267 days ago

this is a bit more then a wow ken…500 hours, and she is oh so beautiful, i would imagine even on a dark cloudy day the shine from your smile on the watercraft is so very brilliant, so i would guess she is not for sale…lol…fantastic job, enjoy your time on the water with her, fantastic work.

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

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shipwright

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#2 posted 267 days ago

She’s a living thing now Ken and a true beauty.
Enjoy your quiet times together, pamper her and be proud of her.
..... and smile big and wide when the compliments roll in.
You deserve it.

Well done.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 267 days ago

This is a work of art fantastic build and outstanding workmanship.Beautiful beautiful beautiful. Great job

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Bluepine38

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#4 posted 267 days ago

Beautiful kayak, makes me remember how long it has been since I have been on the water. Hope you have
many wonderful years with that beautiful craft. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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JeremyPringle

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#5 posted 267 days ago

That’s awesome.

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HillbillyShooter

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#6 posted 267 days ago

Beautiful work!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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CFrye

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#7 posted 267 days ago

Beautifully crafted craft there Ken. I couldn’t get the video link to work. That last picture was a sight you had waited a long time to see. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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stefang

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#8 posted 267 days ago

A gorgeous piece of work Ken. I’m truly sorry I missed out on this during the build as it would have been fun to enjoy the build as it was being done. I clicked on the video, but it wasn’t there. Be proud, that was great work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Schwieb

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#9 posted 267 days ago

Candy and Mike, I am puzzled about the link to Youtube. I clicked on it from the LJ post just now and it worked fine.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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dpow

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#10 posted 267 days ago

Great craftsmanship and after 500 hours…......great determination too. Thanks for bringing this project to completion for the rest of us to see, admire and be inspired.

-- Doug

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CFrye

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#11 posted 267 days ago

The link goes to YouTube but it says “No video found” when I click on it.

-- God bless, Candy

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Lee Leitner

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#12 posted 267 days ago

Hey Ken…This is Lee Leitner. Just saw your amazing labor of love. What can I say but WOW. Blue run is the perfect place for her. I will have to come see her in person next time I head down that way. By the way my wife loved the den…first time I had the opportunity to show her the old childhood spot.

-- Lee

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Northwest29

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#13 posted 267 days ago

Ken, that is one amazing job and well worth the many hours you spent working on her. Enjoy all your time in the water. Excellent craftsmanship!

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

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horologist

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#14 posted 267 days ago

Ken,

Wonderful. Superb craftsmanship, as usual. Some day when I have a little more space I hope to build one myself.

For those having trouble with the link, try this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0HkuaO-svA

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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SCOTSMAN

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#15 posted 267 days ago

Sehr Hubsche eine traume werkschtuck really nice boat I watched it develop through all the 167 photos and will watch it again no doubt thanks for sharing. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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