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Life Lately

In Boobie, Expedition Single, Guillemot L, kayak, Redfish King, Spring Run, Wood Kayak on August 12, 2010 at 3:48 am

8/28/10  Okay, I will admitt that I have been working but I have also been paddling my new yak (Spring Run) as much as I can and have not worked on the new boat.  But I sure do love how the SR handles!!!  I just can’t seem to get enough of it, even the gator attack didn’t slow me down. LOL

Well sorry to say that I have not moved much with the Boobie.  I just got home tonight from giving a presentation to one of the local Woodworker Clubs ( The Florida Westcoast Woodworkers Club ) on how to build strippers.  HSN has had me working 12 hours a day 7 days a week for the last 6 weeks, and I was just hired by a new company to do what I do… Construction!!!  After 2 1/2 years of looking I finally found a job that is suited for me.  We have also been doing our fair share of camping this summer with one more trip out before I start my new job.

One of the things I have been emailed about lately is pictures of my yaks.  I did not realise that not everyone knew what to look for when searching my posts.  So here I will post the pics with the names, and if you want to see how I built them you can go on to that post

My 1st Expedition Single

My 2nd Guillemot L another Nick Schade yak from CLC

My 3rd Redfish King

My 4th Redfish Spring Run L

With my next being “The Boobie” and I am thinking a canoe after that with a sailboat coming at some point.

The Boobie (part 2 it has started)

In Boobie, kayak, Wood Kayak on June 28, 2010 at 12:54 am

 8/31/10  Not much more is done, started anchoring the forms inline on the strongback.  In the pics, the ones that have tape on them are set, but it is going well.  Now I am going camping/kayaking for a week, but stay tuned, I shall return.

08/29/10  As promised here are the pics of the start.  Here you see the clamp holes on the bow form

The stern form placed in the strong back

and the form sitting on the strong back

So before I can start stripping, I have to secure the forms in line and tape the edges.

08/28/10  GOOD LORD!!!  Where has the time gone???  I actually worked on the Boobie a little today.  I drilled all my clamp holes in the Bow & Stern forms, cut out the centers for the strong back, and started placing the forms.  I will show pics soon I promise.  I had to quit working on it so I could go play today.

06/28/10  Well I now have all my forms printed out and glued to some 1/2″ plywood I pulled from the dumpster at work.  And tonight I started cutting out forms.

I have a few design ideas, but once again I am building this yak at little to no cost to me.  I have decided to work the deck first on this one so that I can do it with out staples, keeping it clean.  And then I will use staples for ease of construction on the hull.  Most of the wood is going to be Mahogany and White Cedar because that is what I have the most of.  So stay tuned to see how this yak turns out.

I’m Sorry, but I have been busy

In kayak, Kayak Trips, Kayaking, Uncategorized on March 25, 2010 at 1:31 am

A friend just sent me pics of a yak he wants to sell, so if you are looking for a yak to add to your fleet check out my “Classifieds” page.  I have a couple of nice yaks there.  Besides I may even have these guys as future customers, and I could always use that.

Well since the last time I worked on my yak or this blog we had a long cold (for Florida) spell.  And not having a heated garage, well I don’t want to build while being miserable.  Also work as picked up a little for me and before the time change, it was hard to go out in the cold and dark.

Adding to that the famous Sweetwater Kayak Symposium which was supposed to be 3 days of instructional kayaking and fun.  I ended up working on friday instead of playing on the water.  Saturday was a nasty day, but I went out just to paddle with Nigel Foster, but I went way under dressed for the conditions, not because I don’t have the gear, but because I was stubborn and stupid.  I had to leave at lunch time when my lips turned blue and after many cups of hot coffee, a scolding hot shower and 5 hours of being wrapped up in Down blankets, I finally found warmth in my body again.  Sunday was the last day and I was much more prepared for it.  My classes that day were with Tom Nichols.  Let me tell you, if you ever get the chance to paddle with Tom… TAKE IT!!!  I found him to take the time to show you exactly what or how to do something and will work with you till you learn it.  He also wants to know what you think of it after you learn it and shows you options if you don’t like it.  All during the classes, he treats you as a friend, not a student.  Thanks Tom.

Then I had a couple of weeks of nasty weather and work… where does all the time go?

I also am working with “The St. Petersburg Woodcrafters Guild” in trying to set up a workshop on making kayaks.  I am to be the guest speaker again in April showing off one of my yaks and how I build it.  Then for people who are interested in making their own kayak, we will meet after to discuss the workshop.

Then what do you know… the “Bad Weather Trio” strikes out again to go camping in North Florida to a piece of property that Sean Owns.  This is a yearly trip that we take when the weather allows primitive camping. 

 This year the Suwannee river is flooded and running very fast.  So we went over to the Ichetucknee River/Springs.  It is State run and I copped an attitude.  To tube the river or swim it has a cost of $6 a car load, but to launch a kayak, it is $5 per kayak.  Something wrong there.  I am sure that Sean and Peggy will have more about this trip on thier blogs.

I still have work, but with Daylight Savings Time now in affect I hope to start on the yak again.  it is April almost and the local triathalons are starting up again, and then we leave in 3 weeks for Charleston SC to the 20th ECCKF.  If you are there you will find us on site #8

In May we will be going to a kayak Poker Run put on by the Marion County Aquaholics.

Gee, we dont have anything posted for June yet… maybe I will get the Spring Run done by July.

Spring Run (part 2 finishing the hull)

In kayak, Spring Run, Wood Kayak on February 4, 2010 at 1:45 am

2/7/10  I placed my second reinforcing layer of glass in the cockpit area, and glassed it in.  Now it is time to do the fill coats

2/5/10   I finally sanded the inside putty coat out of the hull, it has only been what? 4 months! LOL  But it is sanded and I laid out the glass

and then applied the epoxy.  Temps here in FL have been a little screwy, so I seem to be fighting a little outgassing, but I think I have that under control now

11/06/09   Well it is time to work on the inside of the Hull while I continue to work on stripping the deck.



After scraping and sanding the inside I mixed up some fillet compound (epoxy, woodflour, and Cab-o-sil) and put fillets in the stems.  This is not necessary, but is a trick I learned from my friends that make S&G yaks.  It makes it much easier to lay the inside cloth with no air pockets or wrinkles.


And then I skimmed the entire inside with an epoxy putty to fill all voids for the same reason


11/01/09  Well it is the beginning of November and the end of Daylight Savings Time.  I found a little energy to work on the yak today, got the shear strip pieces (which I had to staple/nail) secured to the forms and then stripped the deck and forms from the hull.


The hull is already loose from the forms, and the gaps you see are from the spring back.


And now the inside of the hull is ready to be scraped, planed, and sanded


It is also time to start the next chapter of this build, as I will be working on the hull as well as the deck at the same time.

10/30/09   Here it is the end of the month and I haven’t posted anything.  I guess I might not make the Christmas deadline I set for myself.  The reasons I haven’t progressed are basic ones I guess.  The first one is that I am working now and by the time I get home it is dark and I am tired. LOL  2nd is that now is the best time to be kayaking and camping here in FL and I am trying to take advantage of it while I can.  So my free time has been spent playing instead of working on the yak.   3rd is I recently hurt my back and have not been able to do anything much less work on the yak, but thanks to Modern medicine (good drugs) I am getting better.  And the 4th reason is probably the biggest reason.  I am stumped with how to do what I want as far as the deck design goes.  The deck strips I need to start with are many little pieces that are cut at angles.  Trying to cut them to the right length, right angle, glue them together and wrap them around the curves of the forms has proved to be challenging at best when I am trying not to use staples.  I may have to give up on that and staple the first strip till I can get 2 strips mounted on both sides and use the Hot Melt glue gun to secure them to the forms so I can finish it with the “Doodads” 

10/05/09  The following pics are the of the second coat of epoxy while there was enough daylight to still take pics… barely.



This is the graphic I have settled on with changing the name to “Flyin'”.  That too is subject to change at any given moment. LOL


10/04/09  Well, I got the hull all sanded and ready to glass.  I was going to go get my camera, then excitement got a hold of me and the next thing I know I am spreading glass on my yak!!!  Well, I can’t let bare glass just set there, so it was time to mix up some epoxy and start spreading.  As usual, I put an extra layer of 4 oz glass on the stems, and the center of the hull before covering the entire yak.



The Padauk does not stand out as red as I hoped against the Mahogany or Dark Red Cedar as I had hoped.  But it is still pretty!  I only have after work for the next 2 weeks to work on the yak, having plans for the next 2 weekends.  Gee, I hope I can finish this yak by Christmas.

9/28/09  Can you tell what I have been doing lately???


Yeppers!!!  I am planeing and Faring the hull.  Not a lot to see different, and I am not getting much done a night do to being busy working, but here are the latest pics.  Notice some of my favorite tools, they are not needed, but fun to use. LOL





Spring Run (part 1 the begining The Hull)

In kayak, Spring Run, Wood Kayak on September 18, 2009 at 6:36 am

09/16/09  Today I finished glueing everything on the  hull.  Now it is time to start working the plane and faring board.


Now I have decided to finish out the bottom of this yak with the dark Aromatic Red Cedar.  This is very different for me, because all my previous yaks have all had light colored hulls.




Now I decided to start my outer stems in padauk to match the center of the stripe, that and I also liked the way it looked on the “King” I just finished




I decided to equal the white cedar on both sides of the stripe, and then put a WRC strip before changing colors again.


Working both sides till I reach the top of the inner stem forms.


DSCF2818Got the stripe done and am continueing with the white cedar.



09/01/09  Here it is Tuesday again, and I don’t have much to report.  Between work and health, I have not gotten very far this past week.  Here is what was happening so far.

  Things I have learned this last week.  That even using these High Teck Doodads, you also need lots of clamps.  But only at the bow & stern, and only if you are bending your strips rather than using fillers.


and rubber bands and this florida heat don’t really agree.  When I go out to the shop to check on it, I find a floor full of broken rubber bands and a few acrylic clamps just sitting on the boat.  When tieing the rubber bands on, when they break they send the doodads with force to the floor.  Mine being a concrete floor, the acrylic doodads don’t survive.  I have managed to break 5 of them so far.  But I still love them!!!  Something tells me I need to order another batch of these just to have around for future builds.


Well as you can tell, I decided to add a racing stripe down the side of my hull.  I had some padauk and mahogany left over from previous builds.



And now I am back to White Cedar…




08/24/09  I know I said a week, but I am thinking that I will just post on Tuesday night.  Not a lot has changed from the last post, but I now have 4 full strips on the port side, and 5 along the starboard side.



Again I am bending my strips to form the bow & stern because I like the way it looks.  I have seen yaks with filler strips, but you lose the lines of the boat visualy with them.  At the moment the only place I am using clamps is at the bow & stern.

the stern

the stern

the bow

the bow

Speaking of clamps, this is where I would normally show you 30-60 clamps of different types hold the strips in place along with a bunch of staples holding them to the forms.  But these “Doodads”  I got from Seppy in Brisbane, and invented by Amlap in Portugal (both were met online with the “BlueHeron” forum) are the cats meow!!!   So Thanks Silvero, and Rick!!!   With these little pieces of acrylic and $10 worth of rubber bands all my clamping needs are taken care of.  What I have learned so far is to place one over any joint you have and it keeps them even, wrap the rubberband tightly because they are what clamps it, the pieces are only the holders, and in stubborn areas, just add another.


my joints seem to be tighter and lining up at the ends better, but I am not sure if it has to do with the clamp system, or the fact I can only do one run per side at a time, so I am spending more time being finicky.

08/23/09  I now have 2 strips down each side, but because of the relaxed way of building this yak, I have decided to only show posts on the progress once a week.  You dont really want to see each piece as it gets glued on.


08/21/09  Today I worked on setting my forms on the strongback, Aligning (leveling and squaring them up), taping the forms, and installing my begining strips (for the life of me I can’t think of what they are called! LOL).




  Then I had to play with the “Doodads” I got from Seppy Down Under just to see how they work.  I may have to order some more of these, Pretty Slick!!!


This is my first attempt to build without staples


Although I am using clamps at the moment in the middle, I am hoping to just use rubber bands and Doodads as the sides build


I still have not settled on a pattern yet for the deck, I know I wanted the shearline to be WRC and the hull AWC at least to the waterline.  I also have bounced around names and graphics and have narrowed it down to 2.  It will either be called the “Water Nymph” or the “Dolphin”.  I like the first one, but obtaining a graphic I like will be hard.

08/19/09  I made my new strong back today and marked my forms.  Laid the spacing out on the strong back, ripped and glued some scrap Mahogany on the bow & stern forms for my inner stems.  It has begun!

Chesapeake 17, a Yak from Down Under

In CLC Posts, kayak, Wood Kayak on March 25, 2009 at 1:35 am

The following pics are of the yak a Aussie I befriended from the CLC  builders forum built.  It is his Chesapeake 17, and the first kayak he has ever built, but not his last.  He is starting a Shearwater 17  next.  His name is Lawrence Watson but goes by the name of Wordsmith on CLC.  I am pretty impressed for a man pushing 70 and I love the Compass Rose he inlayed along with the curved paint lines to accent the shape of the yak.

1) first pic is of the finished craft including the cart he made for it.


 2)Nicely cambered and upswept one piece bow tip


 3) The extended cockpit


 4) Another pic of the combing


 5) Beautifully engineered “Smart Track” rudder system


 6) Birds eye view


 7) Stern view


 8) On the water