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Moved everything to the living room (love my wife) and ready for some lashings.

Trimming and tapering the stringer ends will be tomorrow. Laminated coamings this weekend and then an week's evenings of lashings.

 

Extra stringers are for RW#2. 

 

 

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More progress. Each knot seems to take about 4 to 5 minutes but I'm getting faster.

Found a use for my old sailing gloves. My skin does not stand up to the artificial sinew. Years of computer work has soften me.

 

It's 90 degrees outside and thunderstorms all weekend. I might have this tied up by Monday morning and ready for the next one.

 

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Second kayak is framed but we didn't get it outside for a frog.

 

I saw someone post shots of laminated rub rails for the bow and stern. Having some left over walnut and maple, I coudlnt resist.

 

I also found some nice #7 1" bronze screws with smaller finish heads to hold them on. Should look pretty and be functional.

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 I'm getting pretty good at scarfing :)

Nothing in any of these forum sections scares the people who have never done it more than scarf joints.  Well, that is until they do a few............

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 I'm getting pretty good at scarfing :)

Nothing in any of these forum sections scares the people who have never done it more than scarf joints.  Well, that is until they do a few............

 

Very true - it was the one thing I worried about the most.

You think it needs to be some high precision woodworking thing but: Cut it - glue it - clamp it - sand it.

 

The jig on the table saw really simplified it but you could to the same with a hand saw, bench plane and a little elbow grease.

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More shots. 

I'm now looking into different stains and clear finishes. Reading on this forum, it sounds like good results have been had with ZAR and mixing stains.

I wonder if it would be easier to brush the stain on first and then clear ZAR over that.

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Here we are, watching paint dry :)

 

The decks are oil based urethane. First coat was thinned out and a little stain added for color.

The hull is skinboat's goop.

 

Need to add the leather straps and toggles  tomorrow but I should be on the water this weekend.

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Can I ask how you covered the bow? Is it stretched so the only seam is on the deck, is it sewn up the curve from the waterline? Or is it cut and stapled on the curve up from the waterline? I can't find anywhere Jeff discusses this. Finally, once sewn up did you install some kind of rub rail, either brass or plastic? Thanks

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On the first boat, I couldnt figure out how to pull the fabric up to make the bow really neat and clean.

So, first boat I sewed the curve.

 

On the second boat I figured it out and was able to do the Bow with no seam. BUT when I tried to do it on the stern it didnt work out quite well. So, seam it was.

 

I made up some maple and walnut rub rails for them that I plan to install with a few #6 screws. I still need to work that out.

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Deck rigging done on boat #2.

The leather is 1/4" but I think it's a bit too thin. We'll find out the first time I need to use it :)

Side lines and grab handles are a continuous piece of para-cord stuff. Being that long, it has a fair amount of stretch but not so much to not be usable as a safety line.

Loops thru the deck line holes hold the safety line in place.

I'm pretty happy with everything - so long as the leather holds up.

 

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I like the color of your hull. I tried something like that at first, using spirit line's rare earth pigments, but I have no clue on how to mix colors. I ended up with a couple quarts of purplish, brownish unusable varnish taking up space.

 

Regarding your perimeter lines, you'll find that as soon as your paracord gets wet, it will stretch like crazy. Nylon absorbs water and softens. I tried nylon paracord on my pygmy and was surprised at how much it sagged when I got it in the water. I switched to poly line and it holds up well. I used this one from Amazon, but you might not want the reflective yarn in it.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Shine-Line-Reflective-Cord-16/dp/B00TIMTIFE/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

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