Here's the base I'm working off of to cut the frames and coaming out. I cut holes in it to give me more clamping options.
Getting the frames out. Here's where the holes in my table are coming in handy.
I think I'm going to end up needing more clamps.
The holes end up being useful for more than just clamping.
The day finally came. My boat is in the water. She paddles effortlessly, tracks well and is stable. Weight of the boat comes in about 35 lbs. oh yeah, I bought the seat made by Red Fish Kayaks and it is a very comfortable seat. It is absolutely worth every penny. My next boat will have one as well.
So I will begin with the end product (well about 90% finished) and then tell the story/build history of this wonderful boat!
First things first though; thanks to everyone here who indirectly answered questions about this build by posting your own builds, and especially thanks to Jeff for the designs!
I have not named this boat, but it is a Short Shot coming in at 16' 7" total length with the premium 6oz polyester coated with Rustoleum oil-based paint in blue and silver. I actually finished it in early August of last year (2016) as my goal was to have it ready for an annual paddle trip with the local boy scout troop I volunteer with. I did two, 3-4 mile paddles a few days before the 4 day and 50+ mile trip across all of the Saranac Lakes in the Adirondack State Park. It handled beautifully, and has zero leaks since day one!
Without further ado, here she is in her current glory (well a year ago, after fresh paint). I began to paint silver scales down the length of the bottom, but ran out of time before the big paddle trip. I plan to finish them this year now that it's getting warm again and also do blue scales down the top on the silver base.
This image was taken after I moved from the apartment into a house with a garage. I got the frame built and skinned before the move and then painted it at the new place. You will see all of this in later posts. BTW, I have tons of pictures. If anyone wants to see anything in particular, just ask and I can upload any others I have or even go take more pictures.