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I have started to build a kayak from plans I found in a book 'More Fuselage Frame Boats' by Jeff Horton.
It will be a very light boat (30-35 lbs) and is named Mess About.
The construction is SOF skin over frame. At a little over 13' long it has 6 frames with stringers lashing them together.
It will be covered, called Skinning, with nylon fabric.
The pic is the frame in progress.
More to come.
Getting things in shape, sanding outside today (nice weather today). With all the woodworking I've haven't used a rasp that much, it's a great tool.
Live and learn.
I moved the second frame, from stern, to have more room for 'fishing stuff',
I attached the stringers to the bow and stern with wood dowels instead of lashing them.
Bow and stern are 3/4" pine with 5 dowels going from top stringer through the bottom.
Thinking about the floor boards now, I have some very light 1/4" (some type of wood) and will fit it in soon. Mom wants the boat out of the house SOON. OK OK
Put some extra supports for the floor. the total frame now weights 18 lbs.
Looking forward to seeing the continuing progress.
We built several Folbots in the late 70's and ran the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grand - along with several hundred miles of other rivers.
Still have a folding model (Super) and the frame of the ridgid Super we used on the Rio Grand - it was pretty beatup, so have replaced most of the longerons with ash instead of the original poplar - heaver but able to survive the rocks and trees better - LOL.
The Kentucky River is about a mile from the house, with a boat ramp. 'It is one of the few rivers that flows north'. There are 4 dams from here to the Ohio.
The currant is not fast, no white water. I plan, after boating around some of the lakes, to paddle down and have someone pick me up.