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South shore September morning

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Easy hatch

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8″ boat access hatch from ebay and MEC 35 litre dry bag

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cut hole in deck and dry bag and make a plywood ring which is put inside the dry bag before closing it. I used stainless steel bolts and exterior paintable caulking.

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It didn’t slacken the skin very much but next time I might put in the hatch before painting so I can shrink the skin around it.

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It Works!!

Had to give it a try , no rigging or hatch and not enough paint to fill the weave but it works great. Tracks maybe a little too good but who cares, it's not a white water boat.

Had to give it a try , no rigging or hatch and not enough paint to fill the weave but it works great. Tracks maybe a little too good but who cares, it’s not a white water boat.

Almost done

couple of coats of floor paint and it's ready to try.  I've been using this "Armor Coat" porch and floor paint and it seems to work. Goes on easily with a brush, dosen't drip and covers with 2 coats.

couple of coats of floor paint and it’s ready to try. I’ve been using this “Armor Coat” porch and floor paint and it seems to work. Goes on easily with a brush, doesn’t drip and seems to be very strong and flexible.

Skinning

There are different types of fabric you can use and some important techniques to follow when skinning but I will refer you to Chris Cunningham’s excellent book on this. I buy my fabric from George Dyson in Washington and he will send you a good description of all the fabrics he has available to help with your decision. His address is on the side bar. I covered my first kayak with 3 oz aircraft Dacron and it looked great because it shrinks so much with heat that it eliminates all wrinkles but it is expensive and very thin so I don’t recommend it.

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Staple to frame but leave the staples out a bit because they all have to be pulled later.

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Trim with a soldering gun so the cloth doesn’t unravel.

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Pull the staples as you sew. This 8 oz polyester has a very loose weave which makes the sewing look terrible but you need to pull it tight to stretch the skin. After it is shrunk and painted it will look better.

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Half done.

Ready to skin

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1/4 inch cedar floorboards tied in

twine

This is the cheap poly twine I use that seems to be very strong and has just enough stretch to stay tight. You need a hook tool like this to get twine through holes.

 carving

There seems to have been a tradition in some cultures of having a carving mounted in the kayak… can’t hurt!

Lashing chines and keel

dremmelCreating twine recesses on chines with Dremel helps to reduce bumps in skinkeel and chine lashing Tried a new 2 piece keel strip design which keeps the twine from making bumps in the skin without having to thread it through holes. It also allows the keel to be positioned straighter after lashing. (Glued and pegged)flat bottomNice flat bottom adds a lot of stability long shotVery happy with the symmetry on this one.

Fresh Ribs

I get the bottom 3′ of a 5″ ash tree so usually there are no knots. Wish I had a nice big band saw but I get by with a jointer and table saw. Freshly cut ash is so soft I can put in some of the end ribs without steaming.

Steam bending setup

steam5 mill strips of cedar bend easily after a few minutes in the steamer. I let them dry for a day, then glue them up. Urethane glue is probably the best but these things are never submerged long enough to hurt them. I make the masik oversize so I can carve it into the desired shape to fit the gunwales and flatten the top to lower the front of the coaming.  I use the same form to make the 2 curved deck beams but I don’t clamp the ends when gluing to give them shallower curves.