|Project by NY_Rocking_Chairs||posted 11-02-2013 12:16 AM||1567 views||5 times favorited||11 comments|
Built this Skin On Frame kayak for my wife’s Christmas present this year, also built a paddle and will get that posted eventually. This is a Kudzu Craft Curlew design, 15’ over-all length. I bought the book and lofted the frames myself.
The frames are made from Baltic Birch plywood and the stringers, keel and gunwales are Western Red Cedar. The coaming is a laminated build using Mahogany.
The whole thing gets lashed together with artificial sinew and then the fabric is stitched over the frame and heat-shrunk. I used 12oz polyester and then painted it with Rustoleum oil-based paint. Takes 3-4 coats to get the fabrics and seams as water-proof as possible.
I enjoyed building this boat because it went together quickly and easily and each step was different and kept me engaged in the project from start to finish. Took about 40 hours total to get it finished.
-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com