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Painting a kayak

Submitted by Pruden17 on Wed, 06/05/2019 - 17:23

This is my Night Heron. I painted it with metallic auto paint bombs, gold leaf paint, and metal flake set in epoxy for the leaf patterns. I used electrical tape to outline the stenciled patterns and yes, this took a lot of time but the final effect was worth it. The auto paint art was clear coated to excellent effect while everything else was coated with epoxy to cover then brushed with Spar Varnish, again to excellent effect. The only negative I found by using auto paint is that it chips off when impacted the wrong way.

Finish over glass

Submitted by tv on Tue, 06/04/2019 - 09:08

Hi all, 

I'm now in a point where final sanding is more or less done and in some places I have reached glass fibers too (edges of overlaps and reinforcement patches). Should I seal these areas with epoxy before applying varnish? I'm worried, that the glass matrix will be visible under the varnish unless it isn't surrounded with epoxy. This is my first boat to build and the finish will be far from perfect anyway. So if the effect is minuscule, then it won't really matter. I'm using a natural oil based boat varnish (Le Tonkinois).

little auk design

Submitted by Jon Parker on Fri, 05/31/2019 - 17:35

Hi All

I'm hoping to build my first kayak soon and I have chosen a Little Auk for my introductory project (hopefully with a curved top deck if I can work out how to plot and make the forms !). I can't afford  plans so I'm working it out as I go. Is building the smaller version of the Great Auk just a matter of shortening the form spacings or is there more to it than that ? Any advice much appreciated...I have a feeling that I might become a regular visitor to this forum !!! 

Jon (Cardiff Wales)

A Level/SAT Design Engineering paddling research

Submitted by Avspotter on Wed, 05/29/2019 - 06:06

Hi all,

Linked below is a survey on paddling; it's for my A Level (like SATs for the UK) Design Engineering research since I'm looking to make something that solves a problem within paddlesport. It would be great if you could fill it out for me - it takes less than 2 minutes to complete, and every piece of data is super helpful for me.
A bit of context on me - I've got my paddlesport instructor, but am primarily a dinghy instructor, so please excuse me if some of the questions are slightly odd for paddlesport!
If you have any feedback, please leave it below

It's story time with a review of my old Night Heron

Submitted by Pruden17 on Wed, 05/29/2019 - 02:11

A few of you old timers will remember a time back when I used to post stories in the Trips Forum, that’s the one which now dwells in the Archives. I posted something like 30 stories, including the one about my near-drowning up in the Canadian Rockies. Well, I got a request from my olde buddy, Ken Sutherland, that I get back into writing these stories again. In fact, I met an old acquaintance last Sunday who asked me if I was still writing…told him no…he was disappointed.