Thinking of building a kayak and want to use commercial hatches (like Beckson deck plates or Kajak-Sport rubber/plastic lids) but are not sure how to mount them on your curved deck? Now you can make a simple recess out of plywood.Read More
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 andRead More
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.
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 toRead More
[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,Read More
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
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.Read More
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 homeRead More
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.Read More
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, sandRead More