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TWO GREENLAND STYLE KAYAKS ON A BIG DUTCH LAKE
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Transportation for me and my kayak, yes this thing is coming of age.
Colorwise quite a good match for the Greenland and Black Pearl.
And an extended roof rack to hold a kayak with confidence.
Homemade Roof Rack holds a kayak right-side up, the V shapes are made of
soft PE plastic ( cement mixing tub ) and confirm to the shape of the cargo.
One whole meter of reach, really holds the kayak in a firm grasp.
DOING SOME SCALE MODELLING TO PASS THE DARK COLD WINTER
Tiny Bastard, a 60 cm version of Little Bastard.
WORK ON LITTLE BASTARD IS DONE
Little Bastard is ready to go for an outing
FINALLY, FRESH AIR !
These buggers can be ... well, you probably know. The way to deal with
that is: After use rinse with water, feed 'm a liberal squirt of vinegar,
fill with water and leave 'm like that for a few minutes. Flush out
and dry. From now on Hmmm ... fresh air.
Just a little something, fish shaped deck line sliders. The arched shape of the
underside gives a firm grip on the blade and loom of the paddle.
For a good grab, better do not oil or varnish these things. Wood used: Larch.
BOW AND STERN PROTECTORS
The tennis balls I was using to protect the bow and stern where a little BIG, they served
their duty alright but I wanted something else instead. Last week I found a few golf
balls ... 23 actually, someone left them on the beach for me to pick up. It turned
out they are of exactly the right size to become ... kayak bow and stern balls!
Hollowing these out is easy with the help of a flat drill bit and a clamp. The
holding clamp you see on the picture is a standard handle for a Skill drill
Some automotive or marine grade goo can be used to glue them down
Who needs toggles?
Golf ball nose protection fixed into position, a good size and these balls can
take a real blow and at the same time, make as a sort of solid state toggle.
Perhaps another candidate to serve as a bow / stern protector could
be a squash ball I've read, maybe these are hollow already.
STICK TOO SLIPPERY ?
Go visit the beekeeper and make your stick ... sticky
AND NOW CUT IT OUT
The Back Pearl and Tahe Greenland are pretty low up front, and my toes are having
a particularly hard time in the BP. Time came to do something about it.
This is where my toes wanted to take a peek outside, and now they can.
Next I needed some domes to close the deck again. On the
beach I found a few old plastic balls, let's see ...
What would be the right size ... eh ... the red ball and the deck where
coated in PVA release agent and served as a mold to
make two '' Toe - Domes " about 4cm in hight.
Radar domes or Stereo GPS Antenna ? I've used double sided sticky tape
to fix 'm to the deck for a test run. Maybe I'll make two rings to trim the
edges. Update: Automotive type sticky tape works great and is still
keeping the domes on. I am talking about several years now.
Yeah, happy toes now, what a relief !
STICKING HATCH COVERS, AND A SIMPLE SOLUTION
The Beckson deck plates can be a source of irritation. I found that fine grained sand
can make 'm pretty difficult to loosen. Solution here, carefully work the diameter of
the cover into a smaller one. File, sand or scrape about a millimeter off, so there
will be a larger gap between cover and retaining ring ( red triangle ). Now small
little nasty grit particles can't keep the cover from being unscrewed anymore.
The red triangle ( stickytape ) tells me in a blink if the covers are closed and sealed or
not. Just make sure the O rings are ok and well seated. There is no need to jam
the covers tight shut, leave the last cm. Unscrewing will be easy, no water
will come in. That is If the rings are mounted to the boats deck properly.
The 12 bolts in the rings are not standard, six bolts is the norm here.
DO IT YOURSELF: A GREENLAND '' PROPELLER '' MADE OF FIR?
A stock of fir can be quite knotty, but that's good for developing woodworking skills.
As long as the knots are out of the danger zone, go for it, have fun carving away.
With the help of some elbow steam and a little patience, a GP is easily made.
I will not go into the '' how to make a Greenland paddle process '' Google
along, there is a lot to find. Secret info: Get yourself a flat sole spoke
shave, not expensive but absolutely indispensable for this work.
This is all you need: a Spoke shave and a Low angle adjustable gap plane.
The Spoke shave needs some getting used to but the time spent
in mastering the tool really pays off.
If you don't use 'm to hammer down waterscooter pilots... they will last unexpectedly long
Make the ends of the blade as thin as you practically can, also as flat as possible, this
will give less flutter, more power and minimizes drag resistance when bracing on the
blade if you go downhill a wave. Just make sure to keep 'm oiled, waxed or painted
They will bring you from A to Z for years to come, no need for exotic woods here.
Taking two different types on a trip can be relaxing for the muscles when used
alternately. Experiment with shape, size and above all .... weight. You will be
surprised. If you made a bad one, leave it for a while, later you can always
turn it into another interesting ''design'' paddle or a a couple of norsaq's!
Rubber Tip protection from the can, your paddle will be happy ! This stuff,
( EPDM rubber glue ) can also serve as an anti slip layer on the loom.
For application on paddle tips it's a good idea to rub some Graphite
powder in just after it dried to the touch. This takes away any
residual tackiness and makes the paddle easier to stow.
Another method of protecting the tips is using Epoxy
resin as a coating but that's a rock hard finish.
WHAT MADE US KAYAK, JUST SOME HISTORY
Lines drawing of the igdlorrsuit kayak, as produced by Duncan Winning.
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For some more reading about kayak building, history and lines plans
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