Kayak Yak

Around April of last year I started building a Kayak. I’m using free plans from Spira Boats for the Hunting Harbor Kayak. It’s a Ply on Frame build meaning its thin plywood on a wooden frame then its fiber glassed over and painted.

I really enjoy building things and this is no exception. Working an hour here or there I got 80% done before it got too cold out in the unheated shop to do anymore fiber glassing. There were a few things I could have done but I also needed to let my budget rest as I’d over extended myself a little bit getting Good materials and not just the most readily available ones.

The weather has turned and I returned to working on the kayak which quickly began to look like an actual kayak rather and just a project. My budget is still suffering some hemorrhaging but I’ve reached a point where I think I’m about 90% done. I have to fiberglass the top fore and aft decks, put on the rub rails, do a final sand before primer and paint.

And I’ve been dragging my feet.

I couldn’t figure out what it was that was holding me back. Until it hit me yesterday. Everything I have left to do is things that people see. It’s rather daunting. This kayak is obviously Not one of the plastic kayaks that you see out on the river all the time. With it’s open cockpit design it looks rather like a canoe and a kayak had a baby.

You can see some pictures of the beginning of my build in the Making section of the website but I’m much farther than that now. (I’ll stick a picture at the bottom of this post).

Anyway I’m back at it now. There is a lot of sanding and fine details to be done as I head in to this final stretch. Then will be the painting which I’ve never thought I’m great at. so yep this is going in the water this season. I’m looking forward to propelling my self along on rivers under my own power!

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