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SCRAP WOOD, BITS AND PIECES: THE 10 FOOT 6 KAYAK
Winter is on the rocks, summer's almost here. I've done enough basking in the late
spring sunshine, It's time for action and make another strange kayak.
SHORT AND STOUT
Only 10.6 feet of kayak, made out of too good to throw away materials.
Shapewise this boat slightly resembles a Mackenzie Delta kayak.
I mean a small similarity can be seen when both kayaks
are observed with extremely heavily squinted eyes.
I tried to make the ends as buoyant and yet as sharp as possible, but basically my
feet had the last say in this as they had to fit in there. Materials used: Fir for the
gunnels ( pallet wood ), Pine for the stringers, Multiplex for the bows, PVC
fishing net tube for the ribs, Sikaflex, Cable ties and some ss screws.
Bow and stern are shaped exactly the same apart from the deck stringers.
Saving weight was definitely not a subject in this build. For its length
yes it's heavy, but as it turned out I can lift this boat with ease.
I had to burn the portside gunnel, to make it confirm to the desired shape as it was a lot stiffer than
the starboard plank. After some struggling it turned out pretty good. How about it?
You probably look at it different, but I say: This boat looks promising!
Specs: Beam 60cm, Length 322 cm, Depth to sheer 27cm, Weigth with no skin 20kg.
She looks pretty stout, but remember this is a small boat. Note the plastic
barrel rim that will be fashioned into a cockpit coaming somehow.
See what I mean ... small, but there is ample space available for my feet and the ''sit" feels
remarkable comfortable. As you can see this is not the ideal boat for rolling as I have
to sit deep ( no raised seat ).The bottom in cross-section is a half circle so stability
will be a bit on the challenging side, fingers crossed I can cope! In the coming
days the boat will be wrapped in plastic for a test float and a short run.
If all goes well, she will be covered in some sort of fabric soon.
I know this is not he most delicate of frames and makes me think of a Curragh.
Never seen a Currach? Go and have a search, highly recommended.
SOME FIRST TRAIL VIDEO STILLS
As I said, she's no featherweight but it's no problem to carry this small boat like so. 20k
is 20k, but this boat is short and therefore easy to swing about. A long kayak of
the same weight can twist your spine of you're not careful enough.
Well ... feels a bit loose, likes to rock a bit ... let's see and try to get in.
Eeeh, bum diving again ... been through that before ( Little bastard ) but got in
without swamping the thing. The hull really likes to swing over from one side
to the other, feels just as if carrying a heavy deck load. Hmm now what?
Still some serious tuning left to do, relative good speed, tracks well and weathercocks a bit
in this light wind. Initial stability, huh? There is almost none, feels extremely loose in the
middle. Secondary stability? There is some, It helps when I stretch my legs flat on the
bottom. I hoped the kayak would sink in just a tad further, now there is work to be
done, have to think of something ... But first I will mount a proper back support
strap and try to improve hip contact, that alone will make a huge difference.
Maybe, I will add a partial stringer on top of the gunnel to increase flare.
The funny thing is, the Mackenzie Delta kayak I refered to earlier, also
seems to be, in terms of stability, an interesting boat with character.
Isn't she lovely, now I have to find a skin somewhere.
To be continued.
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