Finishing up the Kayaks (and just
in time, too)
August 5/6, 2016
we left the kayaks, they were structurally completed, but not
all the way coated with urethane spar varnish. It was time to finish
The bad news is I forgot my camera this week, and it wasn't until
Saturday morning I remembered I had a cell phone with a camera.
Friday was just slathering on varnish and cleaning the Boathouse
First picture of the morning. What a beautiful sight.
I needed to install stanchions on the last kayak - these help bear
the hatch rim bear the weight of a person climbing in and out. I
couldn't figure out how to install these before the skin was attached
and shrunk, so I had to install them after the fact. A little more
difficult, but not that bad. A curved needle helps.
There we go - all nice and sturdy.
I was also putting the finishing touches on the cardboard boats.
Rather than using duct tape (which I find expensive and not all
that great) I use paper Drywall Tape and contact cement. Is it better?
I don't know, but I'd rather do this than support the big duct tape
Visitors! Chris was taking his sons Graham (white shirt) and Reed
(gray) and nephew, Brock (black,) into Toledo for lunch at the Twisted
Snout (formerly Pig Feathers) with a brief detour along the
docks. They were mightily impressed with the Boathouse.
Boats all done up. The cardboard boats will be painted in the coming
week - simple latex house paint does the job of water proofing them
nicely (well, making them more water resistant, anyhow.)
One last step to perform: I am going to use one of the kayaks to
paddle the length of the Willamette River Aug 12-18, 2016, so I
need to be able to carry it on my car. I learned a long time ago
that car-topping requires 3-point tiedown - straps across the body
and tying down the nose. I needed a way to secure the nose.
Had I planned ahead, I probably could have designed a tiedown into
the bow, but that bird has flown. This is the only metal on the
I got a
pair of foam blocks to support the bottom of the kayak during
transport. This ended up working quite nicely.
I took the kayak to a pond in Salem and tested it. It is a bit
tippier than a prediction kayak (the bottom is fairly round, after
all) but she paddled beautifully. I was worried that sitting flat
would be uncomfortable after a while, but it was really nice. The
kayak is easy to get in and out of and is very, very nice.