Saturday, April 30, 2011

Combing and end pour

The cockpit combing is starting to look like it was worth all the time spent working on it. It is very labor intensive but I think that it will stand out nice when it is finished. It is made from Purple heart, Bass wood, and Ash all laminated together. I just put a layer of glass and epoxy on before taking this photo. Click on the photo to get a better look.

Some people make an end pour on each end of the kayak. I did not want to add the extra weight and epoxy is very heavy and even more expensive. I used 20% epoxy and 80% microballoons to fill the ends of the bow and stern.

Now I can drill a hole for a grab rope to go through. And this will help me as it gives me a flat surface to glue the deck to the hull.

It is very light because the microballoons are mostly made of air.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Cockpit combing and hatch

You can never have too many clamps around the shop when you build boats.
This is the lip that goes around the cockpit combing. It is made from laminated strips of Purple Heart and Ash. Next I will cut down the combing to the same height as the lip and glass it all together.
This is the lip that I glassed in for the forward hatch. I did the same for the rear hatch too.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

cutting the hatches

It only took five minuets to saw out the two hatches.
It took two days to get enough courage to pick up the saw and pull the trigger.