Starting Sea Kayak Two

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Starting Sea Kayak Two

Postby Chappy99 » Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:29 pm

I recieved the plans this weekend.

I have just briefly looked at them and have yet to really dive in there.

I am assuming I can use about any 1/8th" plywood?

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Re: Starting Sea Kayak Two

Postby Lowka53 » Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:55 am

its your boat and u can build with anything you like but either marine or ab extrer glue would be best
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Re: Starting Sea Kayak Two

Postby jamundsen » Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:17 am

Post pictures please as I also have the plans for this one.
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Re: Starting Sea Kayak Two

Postby Chappy99 » Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:37 am

I will post pics.

Another question I have is this.

Lets say I like this boat and I want to build 10 of them.

What would be the easiest way to get the pieces cut?

Build my own cutting die?
Contract someone to cut the pieces on a CNC laser?

Your guys thoughts?

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Re: Starting Sea Kayak Two

Postby ttownshaw » Tue Jun 22, 2010 12:13 pm

You can make templates out of MDF. But you will find a lot of hand-fitting is still necessary.

Also, please remember that one set of plans gives you the right to build one boat. 10 sets = 10 boats.

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Re: Starting Sea Kayak Two

Postby Chappy99 » Wed Mar 23, 2016 5:08 pm

Well I said I would post updates!!! Lol finally have the time and my kids are old enough to help with this project.

So we tore into the plans today. I'm trying to transfer the plans to brown paper here. What i did was tape everything down and took a sharp nail and put holes all around the pattern then connet the dots on the brown paper and cut out. The patterns come out rwally good, but not exact. Any advice on this one?

Also how do I post pictures?

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Re: Starting Sea Kayak Two

Postby Chappy99 » Wed Mar 23, 2016 5:20 pm


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Re: Starting Sea Kayak Two

Postby Bill Edmundson » Thu Mar 24, 2016 6:01 am


Glad to see you start. Glad to see you have help.
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Re: Starting Sea Kayak Two

Postby Moeregaard » Thu Mar 24, 2016 6:27 am

I'm currently building two Can-Yaks, and built a Zip eight years ago, so here are my thoughts:

1. Use the highest quality materials your budget permits. Plywood should be at least A-B grade and marine rated. I'm using 6mm Joubert Okoume.
Cheaper plywood may have voids in the internal plies that can crack when going around bends, not to mention giving a place for water to reside
if it happens to get in there. In my mind, putting a lot of time and effort into a project, only to experience problems due to inferior materials
would be extremely frustrating--and I'm extremely cheap.

2. I used MDF to make patterns for my frame pieces, and used a pattern-following router bit to get the final shape. Be aware that the plans will vary
due to humidity, so keep this in mind when making patterns or cutting out actual pieces. My Can-Yak frames are slightly "off"--not enough to be a
problem or even noticeable, but enough to bring out OCD tendencies in my inner machinist. We had the same issue with our Zip build, which we
considered naming "1/8" Off" after launch, but the boat looks and runs great. Even if you get everything exact, you'll still have some hand
fitting to do.

It looks like you're off to a good start, so just take your time and enjoy the build.

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