Hi. I'm about to start my first kayak. I'm in the Chicago area and I've yet to find any clear (or at least reasonably so) WRC and no place has NWC... at least no store that I've been able to get to. At my local wood shop (Owl for those in the area) I checked out their WRC and it was very knotty. Looked at a bunch of other options and all seemed quite heavy by comparison. The backup choice of basswood wasn't too bad appearance and weight wise but then I found their Spanish Cedar. It is not a wood I had heard of before.
I'm Brazilian and only found info to build a SOF in English and Spanish, I am facing difficulties in finding the recommended material, sometimes because no one sells locally, other times because I am lost in translation. So I have two questions:
- I only found ballistic nylon pre-coated with PVC, PU or Acrylic resin, which one should I choose?
- What is "artificial sinew"? Is it a nylon line?
Thanks in advance,
A couple weeks ago I took time out from other projects to do some quick maintenance on a few a my kayaks. I had a broken back band, worn out gasket and a big ding to deal with. The video is below.
Probably of most interest to people is dealing with the beat up bottom of my Petrel Play SG. This boat has a single layer of glass on the bottom, doubled up only on the keel line. I take this boat to play in rock gardens where the surge sometimes drops me hard on pointy rocks.
I'm 77. Never paddled. Physically challenged. Want to build a double sea kayak. The obvious choice is Stitch & Glue. And here comes trouble.
I am in Thailand. Forget about red cedar, CVG, marine grade plywood, Western System Epoxy etc. I know, for you guys living in US it is a matter of choosing the nearest reliable supplier... I have honestly tried... The best thing I can buy here is:
I haven't built anything yet, but have been kicking the idea around for several years now. I've done a lot of looking, reading, watching and such. I understand that the "traditional" hull wood is red cedar. I tend to not follow tradition. I have the opportunity to fell and mill some black walnut and should be able to get some long, straight 8/4 planks. Reading the bark, I have strong hopes that they should yield some long clear grain sections that could be used in a kayak. As well as a few sections that will likely have some curl.
Hello to everybody
Firstly a huge thank to Nick for you wonderful an inspiring work and all the free YouTube videos.
I wonder what you guys think about using alpine spruce for building a kayak or canoe?
I’m living in north Italy (south Tyrol) and here we don’t have red cedar.