Building the Chesapeake 16's

This is a quick run down on building the Chesapeake 16.

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This is where it all starts, sheets of plywood on the right and the panels ready for marking out on the table. Two panels each for the bottom and the sides of the kayak. Your marking out needs to be accurate as it determines the shape and fairness of the kayak.

 

 

I was so excited about the kayak taking shape so quickly that I failed to take any photos of the stitching process, so this is the next photo I have. As you can see I used a white glue powder which produces white fillets, next time I would mix wood flour white the glue powder to try and get the fillets closer to the wood colour. I have only glued the rear bulkhead in at this stage as I reduced the cockpit capacity because of some advice  from other builders. Reducing the cockpit volume makes the kayak less likely to sink in the situation of the it filling with water, It also gives you more storage up front. 


Another shot showing the inside of the kayak, the fillets look large in this picture but they are  quite thin, you can also see the layer of fibreglass in the cockpit area to stop abrasion of the plywood from your feet when you are getting in and out of the kayak. On this kayak I only took the layer of fibreglass about an inch up from the bottom but on the second kayak I took the layer all the way up to the sheer clamps, it was a much tidier way of doing it as the first kayak had lose strands of fibreglass that looked rather untidy.

 

 The outside of the kayak in this shot has been sanded with 220 grit paper on my Random orbital sander (notice the shop vac in the background to suck most of the dust away). At this stage the hull is ready for a layer of fibreglass cloth but you have to make sure that all the preparation work is done properly because once you start pouring the epoxy over the fibreglass there is no going back.