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Redfish King (part 6 Finished)

In Redfish King, Wood Kayak on August 3, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Specs;

Length    17′ 9″       Width    20 1/2″          Deck Height   11 1/2″      Weight  43 pounds

 Hours to construct  310  man hours  3 1/2 months in Duration

Materials;

Western Red Cedar, Atlantic White Cedar, Padauk, with Ash in the line recesses and combing lip, and 1/4″ okoume plywood for the bulkheads.

Maas Epoxy, 4 oz. E glass, Eiphanes varnish

 

08/03/09  Today I dry buffed the entire yak, and then started all the outfitting.  I ran all the deck lines, installed handles that I made to match, and then worked on the seat.  I have to tell everyone that this “IR” backband is the primo of backbands.  I called a friend to ask if I could use her scale at her work to see what it weighs.  And while waiting on our appointed time, I took pics in the drive…

This is the yak outfitted…

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The “IR” backband and carved seat from Joe @ Redfish Kayaks

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Close up of handle, deck lines and deck recesses…

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Ooooops, I ended up putting the builders tag in the wrong place, the seat covers the owners name and serial number.  But Hey, at least my name shows.  Hahahahaha

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I kind of ran a little more shock cord than standard, but it just looked right to have the extra lines.

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Boy does this yak have a lot of rocker…

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Kevin (the owner) asked me to take pics from what it would look like from the cockpit so he could fantasize about paddling it during the build.  Here I am sitting in it while on a sea of grass… okay a small pond of grass….

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Loaded on the truck for it’s maiden voyage….

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She sits well on the water, and I am way over the ideal weight for this yak…

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Damn is this yak fast!!!

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20″ wide yaks are not designed for fat paddlers…

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Here are my classic on the beach shots…

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You can really see the rocker in this pic…

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It just looks so good on my truck, I had to do another of it leaving the beach

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Here it is on the trailer, packed away till it is time to deliver it next week

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I thought it looked good to be sitting with Peggy’s Guillemot L

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Well stay tuned for in 2 weeks I should have pics of it being paddled by her owner on one of the finest lakes in Tennessee.  Norris Dam here we come!!!

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  1. Seriously, that boat is absolutely stunning. Pity a Fat Paddler like myself won’t quite fit in it, because I’d LOVE a yak like this little beauty!! 🙂

    • You & I may not fit this one, but there are many that we do. I know of several builders “Down Under” that could help you out when you are ready for a custom Wood Stripper.

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