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Deckline Idea from Down Under

In CLC Posts on February 13, 2009 at 12:22 pm

 This is the instructions that Wordsmith gave to go with the pictures.  I appreciate all the work he did to help out a fellow builder!

1 – shows the various components of each fitting (more than one, actually).  The silvery-grey objects are not moon-rocks – they are the xpoxy-impregnated egg cups (I’ll refer to them as such – you know wha I mean!).  An untreated one straight out of the box (and the fridge) is centre-left.  The epoxy really stiffens them up – it alljust soaks in. . . No need to use something as a mould to then make the equivalent of my cups using  ‘glass cloth, etc (not that it cannot be done – there are a hundred things out there that could be so used). 

The short bits of dowel press against the deck underside and reinforce the ply web between the holes through which the line is passed, and also eased the passage of the rope around inside the cup.   I imagine the deck will be fully finished and lines put in as the last job of all.   You can see the two small white plastic grommets that are put in from above – they can be left as a push-fit (they won’t be going anywhere) although I’d secure them with a very fine silicone bead around the edge.  These grommets are available in various sizes (the hole in these takes a 4mm line) or you can buy brass ones if seeking that period/nautical/authentic look!

2 – despite the appearance of the ruler at the bottom here, the egg cup is about real size!  This is looking from under the deck and shows how the line goes around the dowel, inside the cup.  The white stuff around the bottom edge of the cup is where the epoxy flowed after I had coated the cup – it was sitting on non-stick plastic and usefully created this kind of flange, which after a little belt-sanding will make for very easy fixing to the deck. 

3 – the cups would be placed with their longer axis parallel with the sheer clamp, I’d imagine.  In fact, the closer the better for added stiffness along the adjacent edge.    Here, the piece of blue painter’s tape shows where I’d put a short piece of glass cloth ( or tape), epoxied between the two holes to reinforce the web in the ply there:  then add the cup.  I’d fix it with thickened epoxy all round to ensure no leaks.

4 – this is the appearance of the line coming through the two grommets on the deck,  I cannot imagine anything neater and less obtrusive – yet very secure,  The grommets could be dispensed with if you’d prefer, leaving the edges of the holes visible – it’s only a matter of taste.

5 – you’ll be familiar with this stage of construction, which is where I am at just now.  It’s infuriating doing half an hour’s work glueing down a set of coaming spacer rings then having to wait 24 hours to let it cure before repeating – three times!

Hull will be painted, with a narrow 3/4″ line running onto and around the deck-edge: deck will be varnished, currently has one thinned-out epoxy coat.  Varnishing will be done after final sanding off and after painting of hull.

Hope this is of interest.  






Glass showing

In CLC Posts on February 10, 2009 at 1:49 am

Hope you can see what I am questioning



Recess Lines

In CLC Posts on February 10, 2009 at 1:27 am

This is the kind of dish I am wanting to create in wood.  If they can do it on my composite & plastic yaks, then there should be a way to do it in wood short of hand carving.  The final pics is what I did for semi recessed on my first yak.

Off of the Wilderness Tempest Pro18



From my Atlantis Titan




From my Necky RM


These are the semi recessed on my first wood yak



Cayo Costa

In Kayak Trips on February 3, 2009 at 12:17 pm


That is all I can say.  We left on time and we arrived at Boca Grande driving around the island to decide where best to launch.  We decided the beach at the lighthouse was the best to pack our boats and hit the surf.  We could see the island just 3/4 of a mile across the channel.  The wind had the water a little stirred up along with the motor boats, and it was an outgoing tide.  We got our yaks down to the water and all our gear packed up, launched and with a headwind I think we set a record slow time.  Hahahaha, it took us about 3 hours to paddle 3 miles.  I had a couple of dolphins come swim beside me and I swear they were laughing when they cut in front of me and took off.  We decided to follow the island around to find our camp site instead of extending the paddle to 7 miles… after all we didn’t want to set our tents up in the dark.  I have to admit that it was some of the most beautiful water I have ever seen.


  And the beach on Cayo Costa was a pristine white sand with black sand specs.

My Yak on the Beach

My Yak on the Beach

As we walked up the beach trail to confirm our reservation, we hear a voice asking if we took a group on the Chaz river for a local outfitter and low and behold, there was Tracy & her son Bay.  As she directed us to the tram (wagon pulled by a pickup), we went to the Ranger Station.  The Rangers who run Cayo Costa where as friendly and nice as I have ever had the pleasure to run into, they even loaned us a cart we could use to haul our gear (not sure they know they did this).  We ate a great lunch, and set up camp. 


We were warned of coons, and read posters of feral hogs, but neither ever showed.  Instead we saw some small rats running through the camp and one of the prettiest snakes I have ever seen.  It was ever bit of 8 feet, with a small black head and neck, that turned a copper color fat body.  It didn’t seem to be scared of us, but was not threatening either.  Once this snake got himself one of the rats for dinner, we saw neither again.  I had to wait to get home to look up what kind of snake it was, and discovered it was a “Eastern Coach Whip”.  After Seans aka Shelly’s fine dinner, we went to bed early.  While sleeping a storm front decided to blow in.  At 2 am the winds howled thru the camp at 30 knots, and the skies were clouded over but the sky was as bright as if there were a dozen street lights in our camp ground alone.  About 4 am it got eerie quiet.  At 6 we broke camp and hauled butt to our yaks and set off back to the light house before the actual front came through.  Our VHF radio was talking of 12-14 foot swells and 40 knot winds.  What we found was 8-10 foot swells and 20 knot winds.  The only lucky thing was the tide was incoming carrying us in instead of out to sea.  It continued to get rougher the closer we got to our destination, and at one point it was a point of fight or flight, but we made it and landed on the beach with a laughing group hug.  We loaded our gear and yaks on the truck while people walking on the beach all questioned why we just kayaked in that nasty weather.  As we were pulling out the actual front hit.  As soon as I can get the pics from Seans camera, I will post the pics of the wildest front I have ever seen.



Both days of this paddle confirmed this is an advanced paddle, and I can’t wait to do it again!!!  Click on this link if you want to read Sean’s version of the trip. http://liquidrhythmkayaking.wordpress.com/2009/03/04/cayo-costa-currents/


This is a future trip I hope to report more on later.  But for Christmas last year I got a book on Nigel Fosters trips around Florida, and this trip sounded exciting.  It is considered an advanced paddle because of Florida weather can kick things up on open water at any moment.  We will be launching from Boca Grande Bay, paddling across the bay into open water to the island of Cayo Costa.  There we will check-in for our camp site, unload our yaks, and then go explore around the island and maybe even paddle over to Cabbage Key.  Then return to our camp for a gourmet dinner cooked by Shelly (Seans wife).  I just haven’t had the heart to tell Sean he has to carry the firewood. LOL

The yaks are loaded on the truck and right now it looks like if I drive/fall into the water I will float.  3 touring yaks, 2 Atlantis, and 1 Wilderness, all tied on top

We are doing this trip feb 28th, and returning march 1st  watch for updates on this trip and pics.

My Guillemot L (part one building)

In Guillemot L, Wood Kayak on February 2, 2009 at 11:13 am

02/18/09 Well I have been busy fairing, and sanding on the boat, and today I put a seal coat of epoxy on the deck.  I hope to start laying glass early next week and will have fresh pictures then, there is just nothing new to see yet.  I have learned something new on this yak, building a combing is a pain in the A__!!!  And I am still not even done with it yet.  But I know that it being wood instead of the pre-made glass one I used on my other yak will look good, and the decision to put wooden fittings for the deck rigging will just top it off.  So starting next week watch for “part 2 the finishing”

02/09/09  It has been awhile since I posted anything here, I have been busy with selling excess gear, and working on the combing, skeg, and cockpit recess.  But here are some pics of how she is looking so fardscf2314



02/04/09 As you can tell from the pic below, The deck pattern is done.  I am starting with my cockpit recess.  This is a slow process, so after I glue up one piece in front, and one in back, I work on the skeg and combing, then back to the recess


02/03/09 I have taken a few days off to take care of business (laundry, Anita’s B-day(my sis-in-law)) but thought I would at least post the newest pic of progress



01/29/09 I finished the pattern on the starboard side, glued up a jig to make my combing, and made the blocks for the skeg handle.

01/27/09 Just worked on the deck and laying out the combing.  The pattern is now set.

01/26/09 I took the day off and had a wonderful paddle across Tampa Bay.  What a great day on the water.

01/25/09 It was a quick day today, I just epoxied the skeg parts, and laid out where the pattern and combing fit.

01/24/09 I have come to the conclusion that there is something very satisfing in taking a block plane to your boat to fare it out and producing curls of wood shavings.  I finished the mahogany highlight strip and filled in the other bow quarter panel.



And until you are done there is never enough clamps to fill the job


01/23/09 Well, today I worked on filling in the (what I call front quarter panel) red cedar up front on one side.  Continueing with the mahogany stripe at the stern.  And made some more red cedar strips. And I even sanded the front stem to shape.  It is really taking shape. I forgot my camera at the shop so I will have to post pics tomorrow or when ever I get the camera. 

So I am going to take this moment to let everyone know that the shop I am using isn’t really mine.  It belongs to a friend who is also looking for work and is not using it, not having any jobs.  I have a two car garage full of tools, but since I put in the laundry room, it is not long enough to house my yaks.  So I just haul my stuff over and use Gordons shop.  So incase I forget to mention it, Thank you Gordon.

01/22/09  The weather here is still to cold to work on the yak.  Hahahaha, it may only be 35, but we dont have heaters here in FL.  Well, titebond still works and so do clamps.  So I have my highlight stripe started.  Cold mahogany does not bend well, nor does it take staples, had to use finish nails to hold it in place.



I decided that the red cedar and mahogany was to close in color to be next to each other, so I am going to picture frame the red cedar in white cedar.

01/20/09 Well I posted a question on CLC Boat Forum a couple of days ago and got no feedback.  It looks like there is more help on S&G yaks than strippers.  So I am going to attempt doing my pattern the way I did my first one.  Hopefully I will have pics to show progress tomorrow.  Meanwhile… I have started working on the skeg, but still thinking about how to make the recess for the skeg handle.

01/16/09 YAHOO!!!  I finished stripping the hull today, and glued my stem pieces on.  She looks like a yak, well she really looks like a canoe without the deck, but she will soon be a yak.


And I have all these tiny little nails to pull


01/15/09 Well, it has been awhile since I posted any progress on this yak so it must be time.  Some of the things I have discovered is that cedar does not bend as well as the hardwood I used on my first one.  And short pieces (8ft) are more time consuming than the 16ft long pieces I used on my first yak.  And third… Everything I read, said to use staples in construction.  Well I figured I have this 23 (tiny)gauge pin nailer I use for work and it leaves such a small hole you can’t really see it.  Well it is so small, it won’t even hold the cedar when it is in a bind.  The cedar just pulls off, or the bind of the wood just bends the tiny nails.  I started using 1/2 inch staples today and it is amazing how well it works.  I guess the people that do this for a living might know more about building kayaks than I do.  But I am willing to bet that I can still trim a house or hang doors faster than they can!

I am almost done stripping the hull, and I have the ends shaped for the stem strips.dscf2165

On the bottom I decided to stagger the strips to give it some what of a pattern for I am convinced that the fish that will be swimming by like to look at pretty things too. LOLdscf2168

And as you can see, I have lots of work in pulling staples and scaping glue before I can start fairring the hull into shape.  But at last I can see a wonderful kayak starting to take shape.


01/08/09 Still at the point of watching glue dry after putting on 1 piece at a time.  Not a lot of progress but I do have 3 strips down each side complete from stern to bow.  As you can tell from the next pic, there is no such thing as to many clamps!dscf2162

01/06/09 I finished setting my forms and getting them sanded and taped.  I also started setting my shearlines.dscf21601

12/20/08 I built my strongback and started setting my forms

12/18/08 Okay, it is now time to start my winter project, my next Yak.  Design has been drawn, material gathered and time on my hands with this economy slump.  This yak will be different in the fact it will be mostly cedar and mahogany.  I have decided to make the cockpit a little larger, and this will be my first wood cockpit rim.  I will be posting my progress with pictures as I work on this winter project here in Sunny Florida.


This is the design I am hoping for.  The yellow (including the hull) will be white cedar as well as the cockpit area, the tan will be mahogany, and the purple will be red cedar.  I decided to use ash for the stem strips on the outside of the bow and stern.  I am installing a skeg using the system that a lot of composite yaks use, with a recess handle and cable to operate.  Instead of Carbon Fibre seam tape I used on my first kayak, I am going to try and use a tapestry ribbon.

I would like to put a drawing of a Unicorn on the bow if I can find one that I like, that is what this Kayak reminds me of, maybe a Seahorse