At the Boathouse
July 11 - 12, 2014
Had a pleasant surprise when I got to the Boathouse this week,
longtime friend, fellow Coot, and
boating adventurer, Bob Larkin was there, paddling around in his
kayak. You can usually tell Bob's boats by the comm gear and electronics
As Bob is a kayaker, I had him test out the Tik-Tak
He said it was surprisingly stable, but a little small. He though
the seat should be moved back a couple inches to keep the bow out
of the waves. The Tik-Tak Kayak is not designed for waves, it is
a pond boat.
Enough kayaking, back to work on the little Junk. Know what makes
rounding the edges of foils really easy? A 4" angle grinder
with a 36grit disk.
I use 3/8" hardware for most of the pivots and eyebolts on
a build. It is a commonly available size for bolts and most drill
indexes have a 3/8" bit. I'm drilling the pivot hole for the
leeboard and into the brace at the same time - makes it easier for
them to line up.
I'd started with a pilot hole, and back-drilled a bit from the
inside so when the 3/8" bit tears through, it won't rip out
big chunks of splinters.
We are hoping to be hosting some local kids for a Lazy
Weekend Canoe build, so we stacked away the Junk and started
prepping for the Lazy Weekend 2.0 build. I went to work on the sides
while Curt turned to on the frames.
I like to make my mistakes all at once, so I stacked the wood I'd
be using, clamped it in place, marked it, and cut all the sides,
2 at a time.
We are building 2 canoes, each needs 6 frames (which become the
seat supports) and each frame needs 2 arms. 2 x 6 x 2 = 24 frame
arms, cut, rounded, and sanded.
Each canoe needs 4 side pieces 14" wide and 8' long. Cut cut
These are hard-chines canoes, so each boat will need to have chines
attached at the bottom and gunnels attached at the top. I will be
working with novice builders, so I like to pre-drill the screwholes
that will be used to attach the pieces. As I said, I like to make
all my mistakes at once, so I stacked 4 side pieces at a time and
drilled 'em, boink boink boink.
The real trick is that the sides have to be mirror images of each
other, and if you aren't careful, you'll mix it up when trying to
assemble them. It pays to mark which piece is which - especially
in mass builds.
We are using Butt
Joints to join the short pieces into long pieces on this build.
We are gluing with TiteBond III - because it is cheaper than epoxy
and works great.
Good enough for the day - sides are cut, pre-drilled, and butt-jointed
together. Time to hit Pig Feathers, except Pig Feathers was really
busy, so we went to Holy Toledo instead.
Oh, my! That's a heck of a low tide. About as low as I'd ever seen
I have met this man a dozen times and simply cannot remember his
name. He has a beautiful boat, though.
This morning, it was time to work on the frames. The frame arms
get beveled so they fit well against the sides.
I have found it necessary to mark each frame arm Bow Forward (BF)
Bow Aft (BA) Aft Aft (AA) and I still have the Aft Forwards (AF)
to bevel. It is important to mark which end is the top (T) of the
frame arm, too.
The braces - the sticks that go across the boat and hold the frame
arms out, are attached at specific distances from the top of the
frame arm (which s why we mark the (T)ops, right?)
Positioning the brace on the frame arm - I use a straight edge
laid against the beveled part to get it right.
Mark where the brace goes . . . .
Countersink the pilot holes because you are so close to the end
of the stick - it splits easy out there.
Glue and screw.
While I was making frames, Curt was marking out where they were
going to go and pre-drilling holes for the screws that would hold
them in place. The more prep work you do, the easier the build goes.
Another visitor! Mark will be helping with the kids when they get
here, and he is an avid kayaker, so I had him try out the
Tik-Tak Kayak as well.
He thought it was a hoot. The size and weight really appealed to
He was also impressed with the stability.
It even works as a Stand Up Paddle Board! Sort of.
He also liked out Skin-on-Frame canoe, the Yaquina.
Finally, as I was about to give up and go home, we had some visitors.
Charlotte came over from Salem with her kids, including Victoria,
who is so new she barely has the wrapper off.
Even though I showed Charlotte our infant PFD, she was unwilling
to go boating, the rest of the kids, however, piled in to one of
the Molyhawks. Rocky, their grandfather, was providing motive power.
Mark, in the Tik-Tak, and I, in the Yaquina, joined them. That's
Lonnie Jr. in the front, Rocky on the sweeps, Bella, and in the
back are Olivia and her little sister, Stella.
A good day on the water.
We went up the slough, I told them a little bit about Toledo history,
and we headed back.
Mark was enjoying the Tik-Tak Kayak.
Back at the Boathouse - the whole family.