Update on the Kayak I'm building

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Blog entry by wedude posted 04-19-2010 01:48 AM 1269 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi to all you LumberJocks, The weather is just to nice today to spend much time here. It is 80 here in Reno today with similar for tomorrow, then the big change. A drop of maybe 30 is being projected with quite a bit of rain and maybe snow. That being said the plan for those rainy days is to put the skin on the hull of the kayak. That requires fitting, stretching, the fabric over the hull stringers and attaching. I will be hand sewing the material at the bow and stern posts and then removing and sewing on my machine to acquire a nice tight fit. The remainder of the process is to tack, using copper tacks, the material to the gunnal stringer. That stringer is also known as the sheer line where the hull sides and deck meet. When that is done I will have Melinda shrink the fabric with a household iron. I know, with a what???. The material is a polyester fabric and with an iron set at 275* you simply iron over the fabric to shrink it. Sounds simple right, well we’ll see. After that the keel will attach to the hog, an English term, The very bottom board the gives the boat its fore to aft strength. My dad, being a boat builder by trade, always called that part of any vessel the keelson. I will be taking pics as we make progress. Hope to have her ready for the next really nice weather break. OK, take care all and keep making that sawdust. Robert

-- mermaids rule

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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 04-19-2010 03:45 AM

Robert, thanks for the update.

Could you please tell us who is the designer of the Kayak? It has some very nice lines.


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#2 posted 04-19-2010 04:43 AM

sounds like a great plan…

posting pictures on a blog is a bit harder…you have to post them to a “hosting” site first..then “updload” them to here…click on the button above a comment window that says: “Pictures & videos friendly”...

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#3 posted 04-21-2010 08:26 PM

Hello John, In answer to your question regarding the designer of this kayak his name is P.W.Blanford. His address is noted as Newbold-On-Stour, Stratford-On-Avon, England. I was directed to this particular kayak by a builder from the state of PA, Leigh Ross. He is a builder, teacher and operates a workshop showing people how to build kayaks. He did not have a kit or plans for this boat but directed me to another site where I did purchase the plans. Leigh Ross’s site is if you would be interested. The company I purchased the plans from is Clark Craft The kayak is noted as “short touring 11- canvas . The plans were only $30.00 plus shipping. This may be more info than you really wanted but I am working inside today as it is cold, rain/show here in Reno. Take care Robert

-- mermaids rule

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#4 posted 04-21-2010 08:30 PM

HI Matt, I will be posting pics but will probably not put them on the blog. I will check out the process tho. Thanks for you input. Are you past the cutting out and laminating the keel/ stem ?. Keep up the work, it does get easier. Robert

-- mermaids rule

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#5 posted 05-02-2010 04:31 AM

Good luck on getting it finished.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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