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Chick's Happy Hour Kayak Build

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I've been running this build series on the Duckworks Facebook page if any of y'all are interested. The plans come from Duckworks. This little kayak will be towed behind Old Codger and used to explore little streams and coves that Codger is afraid to go into.

 

CHICK'S HAPPY HOUR KAYAK BUILD - Post #11

Hatch landing? dam? hatch coaming? Whatchamacallit! built. Cockpit coaming finished. Final coat on all deck and interior surfaces (except hatch coaming). Tomorrow I'll build the hatch and flip the kayak to apply the final resin coat on the bottom.DSCN4378.thumb.JPG.a2d42869e9562e4563d226a470e092b3.JPG

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CHICK'S HAPPY HOUR KAYAK BUILD - Post #12

Everything has had it's final resin coat except the hatch that I just built. Now it's time to sand everything. Joy,joy! I'll be back once some varnish and paint are done. Here's a picture of the hatch.

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Looking good, Chick, but with the hatch behind you what are the chances you'll be able to reach the vienna sausages without having to dig around for an hour?  You're going to have to wear a mirror on your hat to see what you're doing. :)

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Yep. Those and the Real Southern Sweet Tea. I may haveta pull up to the bank and get out to reach them. The kayak will only be for exploring the little creeks and coves that Old Codger is afraid to go into. Codger will tow the Kayak for me to use in those places. I'm trying to think of a cut name for it that will compliment Old Codger. Maybe "L'il Squirt"? I finished painting last night. Gotta turn it over and take pictures. Should be posted here later today.

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CHICK'S HAPPY HOUR KAYAK BUILD - Post #13
It's DONE ... (maybe)
May still paint the interior bottom where I get in, and where my feet rest. Varnish won't hold up there. And then there's always little doo-dads to add. Like drink holder. Clips to store my turtlin' net, etc. Oh, yes, gotta put the name on it. I'm leaning towards "Li'l Squirt".
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Finally got to try my Happy Hour Kayak. We went to Lake Adger, 45 minutes down the road from Hendersonville, NC where we live. I'm VERY pleased with it's performance. Easy to paddle with a surprising turn of speed. It tracks well when paddling, but is sensitive to wind when drifting. With a sweep stroke, it turns in it's own length. Great stability. I even caught a little river cooter (turtle) with my net. There's plenty of room for my cooler in the aft compartment.

 

Ready to go. Miss Debbie paddled the plastic kayak and took the pictures.

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I'll move the seat forward a bit next time. That will totally clear the transom and bring the bow down. Shallow here! Notice the heron standing behind me.

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Old guy looks happy.

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Bye, y'all.

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Back home and safely tucked away.
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What an awesome job. You are lucky to be able to spend a lot of time on fun projects . You must have a lot of time built up from the long list of finished honey do projects.

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Thanks rick. i was very pleased with it first time out. Did as well as my "Walmart special" plastic kayak.

Not for long trips, but great to poke around the little coves and creeks. Lotsa stability. Great for trying to net some turkles.

 

I'd like to build a couple of versions of it just for fun. A sailing version, and an electric with the motor mounted under the aft deck.

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