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Tag: 2014 Spray HPK

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Spray HPK: Launching!

Posted By Dan Caouette

It took a while but Zack finally received his Sprak HPK.  Last week he sent a some pictures and first paddling impressions of his new Spray!
I was able to paddle the boat for the first time a little Thursday

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Spray HPK: Outfitting

Posted By Dan Caouette

With a freshly painted kayak sitting in the shop, all  that’s left is the final outfitting: carve and install the seat, run the decklines, install the steering components, fit out the hatches, add the interesting paddle park and GPS mount and

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Spray HPK: Painting

Posted By Dan Caouette

With the deck joined to the hull, project completion was in sight.  Now it was time to complete the most obvious part of the project: the finish.
This kayak was going to be painted with an automotive urethane system from DuPont. 

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Spray HPK – Joining the Deck to the Hull

Posted By Dan Caouette

The big day of joining the deck to the hull was almost at hand.  That would turn it into a kayak.  To make my life easier, before I did that I wanted to finish everything on the interior.  It’s easier to

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Spray HPK – Day Hatch

Posted By Dan Caouette

[singlepic id=70 w=300 h=200 float=right]A popular option has been the inclusion of a “day hatch.”  It’s a small hatch that is easier to access on the water than the main ones.  It’s a good place to store a camera, water, snacks,

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Spray HPK – Rudder and Foot Brace

Posted By Dan Caouette

This kayak needed a steering system.  Most racing kayaks have rudders so that the paddler can concentrate on their forward stroke instead of making constant course corrections.  All their energy can go into straight-line speed.  They’re not essential.
This one was

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Spray HPK – Carbon Fiber Cockpit Coaming

Posted By Dan Caouette

Pretty much my standard cockpit coamings has been cast carbon fiber.  I’ve done a few solid wood ones but customers really like the look and feel of the carbon ones.  Why not?  They’re thin, light weight, very strong and look great. 

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Spray HPK – Deck Fittings

Posted By Dan Caouette

Deck fittings are also generally easier to install when the deck is separate from the hull.  For this project we’re using simple fiberglass tube deck fittings.  On some building bulletin boards they are commonly also called “Maroske fittings” after a home

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Spray HPK – Hatches and Bulkheads

Posted By Dan Caouette

With the bare hull and deck constructed it was time to switch gears and start working on components that are attached to the interior of the kayak.  Spefically hatches, fittings for deck lines, bulkheads, steering components and the cockpit coaming. 

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Spray HPK – Deck Construction

Posted By Dan Caouette

If I was building a canoe, I’d be thinking about outfitting now.  It is a kayak so time to build the deck.  The same basic steps used to build the hull are used: strip, sand and fiberglass the exterior, flip, sand

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