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Thread: Kayak build **Finshed and on the water**

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    Kayak build **Finshed and on the water**

    Stared working on the Skin on Frame kayak. I am impressed with how much I have done in the amount of time. When I quit tonight I had 23 hours in it. The frames are just loosely in place, sort of a dry fit.


    The frames


    The dry fit.


    A closer view of the cockpit area.
    Last edited by Jeff Horton; 01-27-2009 at 03:11 AM.
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    Couple of questions. Are you working off of a set of plans or just your own thoughts. What kind of skin are you going to put on it. By the way it looks grest.

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    I watched a bit of a show tonight called Kayaking Norway

    A bunch of guys, , were kayaking down rapids and then down a waterfall surrounded with rocks, maybe a 30-40 foot drop and they go straight down into it.
    I cringed everytime I watched one of them go over the edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken lutes View Post
    Are you working off of a set of plans or just your own thoughts. What kind of skin are you going to put on it.
    Yes and no. I have plans of sorts. I designed the boat in some naval software. Then I printed out a chart with offsets for each frame. Laying out the corners of each frame on the ply and cutting them out.

    Then mounted two frames to the strong back and started adding stringer and ribs.

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    The skin will be nylon I think. If not a polyester skin. But I am leaning toward a 9 oz. nylon at the moment.

    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    A bunch of guys, , were kayaking down rapids and then down a waterfall surrounded with rocks, maybe a 30-40 foot drop and they go straight down into it.
    I am old enough to be smarter than to try that. And old bones don't heel as fast either.
    Last edited by Jeff Horton; 11-30-2008 at 03:42 PM.
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    the skin does shrink to the sides as it dries right? i have a couzin that makes canoes with some fabic then paints this coatin on it and it gets tight like a drum.. also the second or third time gets easier as well huh
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    Larry, he may be using canvas, which many canoes were covered in. I don't know much about canvas. Most nylon doesn't shrink much so you just have to stretch it tight when you put it on. I have found a source for some nylon that is supposed to heat shrink so I will probably go with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
    Then mounted two frames to the strong back and started adding stringer and ribs.
    Jeff, you may be aware of Bob Easton's blog, but this link takes you to one his recent blog pages where it shows his strongback.

    www.bob-easton.com/blog/?p=241

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
    Larry, he may be using canvas, which many canoes were covered in. I don't know much about canvas. Most nylon doesn't shrink much so you just have to stretch it tight when you put it on. I have found a source for some nylon that is supposed to heat shrink so I will probably go with that.
    How about Kevlar? That's mighty strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
    ...may be using canvas, which many canoes were covered in. I don't know much about canvas. Most nylon doesn't shrink much so you just have to stretch it tight when you put it on. I have found a source for some nylon that is supposed to heat shrink so I will probably go with that.
    Back about 1972, I built a 15' canoe using canvas over ribs and stringers. The instructions back then were to fit the canvas as snugly as possible, but not too tight, then pour boiling water over the canvas to shrink it in place. The shrinking also pulled any minor wrinkles out.

    I used that canoe on lakes and rivers in the Pacific Northwest for about four years, and sold it when we moved to SoCal. It gave very good service, and suffered the indignity of several patches. My wife and I had a lot of fun with it.
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    Recently read about shrinking cotton/canvas with boiling water. Had not hear of that till just a couple weeks ago while researching fabrics.


    Spent a couple of hours last night attaching the the frames and stringers. I need to get everything fitted together so I could start shaping the ends. Just used a drywall screw as a temporary clamp(s). I drilled pilot holes on all the frames so that the screw wouldn't try to split the plywood or run off crooked. Doesn't look much different.






    Next step is trimming the ends of the stringer and attaching them to the plywood stems. Also once those are marked I will trim the stems down it size and refine their shape and remove some excess wood there.

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    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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