Kayak Building


For discussion surround the building kayaks and similar small boats

The Forum Slide Show

Submitted byadmin onMon, 04/02/2018 - 11:37

So, I got the slide show working. I've placed it on a couple different pages. The slideshow currently shows a randomly selected set of 10 images at a time. There are more than 10 images available, and the next time you refresh the page a different selection of 10 images will be displayed.

You can add images to the slide show by following this link: Add Slide Show Image. It will have you upload an image and ask for a description. You can only add an image if you are a registered user.

Multiple layers of fiberglass

Submitted byEuropa onSun, 11/15/2020 - 09:13

I am finally getting around to glassing the hull on a Hybrid Shearwater. It calls for three layers of fabric, one full, one bottom and keel ends. Should these be done separately or all at once. I think separately would add weight, but all at once might be hard to wet out. Any advice, suggestions?

Thanks, John

Chemical or mechanic bond

Submitted byasbjorn onFri, 11/13/2020 - 20:16

Hello. I am buikding my first kayak (Frey by Bjorn Thomassen) and I am ready for glassing and epoxy on the hull. I have been planning to do a seal layer first, but due to temperature issues and the fact that glassing on sticky epoxy is harder (cloth not moving freely) I plan to let the seal layer harden and then sand it.
Is the difference in strength between chemical and mechanic bond large? 

I will be painting the kayak

Trillium 21 - maiden voyage!

Submitted byBrad Grimm onSat, 11/07/2020 - 12:18

The Waters Dancing Trillium 21 that I started in May was finished this week.  We launched on Andrews Lake (elevation 10,744 feet) in the San Juan mountains not far from home in Durango.  She's fast and paddles beautifully.  We can't wait to take her to Vancouver Island for a week or two of kayak camping next summer.

First time flush hatches

Submitted byKenSpiegel onSat, 10/24/2020 - 21:39

This is my first try at flush hatches.  I understand that there is a spacer ring and a lip ring below it that the gasket will rest on.  I've seen some people use two 1/8th inch spacers followed by the lip ring that has the smaller inner diameter for the gasket to rest on.  I have plenty of 1/4" ply and was thinking of one ring of 1/4" for the spacer and one for the lip ring.

The Koryak - a rarely made skin on frame kayak

Submitted byPaul Montgomery onFri, 10/23/2020 - 18:26

I was asked to make the frame only of a Koryak, and if you haven't heard of it, it's not exactly your typical build. I will probably do a saran wrap test before I deliver it - just to see if I can actually keep it upright. Anyway, here is the video of it:

Looking for polyester fabric

Submitted byKenSpiegel onMon, 10/12/2020 - 21:35

I'd like to protect the keel of the Outer Islander I'm building with perhaps a 4" width of polyester fabric because of its abrasion resistance.  I've tried all the usual glass distributors I can find and they're not carrying it anymore.

Thought I'd ask the global community?  Looking for a way to protect this two year project's bottom from the inevitable scrapes to come once it hits the water.

Thanks all.

Ken Spiegel

We're lucky we have wood kayak chores

Submitted byJayBabina onMon, 10/12/2020 - 13:39

In this time of lock-downs and reasons to stay home, how lucky we are that we have pastimes like wood boats. I have two boats that are long over-due for a re-varnish job. I also have a coaming that needs repair or an overhaul. I also have a few woodworking jigs and fixtures that have been on the bucket list for quite a while. Its not hard for me to stay busy.  Hopefully we'll all be back to almost normal next year some time.

Stay healthy.