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Funners multi coloured waffle....

Building a sea kayak from scratch.....

Rating: 2 votes, 5.00 average.
Well, having decided to look at this kayaking m'larky but being tight and unwilling to fork out vast sums for the pleasure...
I decided to build me own boat....
this could be interesting

1st stop was finding a design I liked...I dislike some of the designs which look (to my eyes) like "Billy's 1st Kayak"
a design found, by Selway Fisher, the plans were purchased and an adventure embarked upon !

The basic premise of the design is sheets of 4mm plywood, cut to shape then stuck together using epoxy resin....
what could go wrong eh ?


Marking out the sheets for cutting


cutting the 1st of the hull shapes
at this point I'm still very unsure that it'll ever float...let alone float with me in it !
Time will tell

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  1. E-Man's Avatar
    Superb... I did wonder WTF the stickers were for...

    Good skillz... is this your NEW trade then? www.funnersboatbuilding.co.uk

  2. Funners's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by E-Man
    Superb... I did wonder WTF the stickers were for...

    Good skillz... is this your NEW trade then? www.funnersboatbuilding.co.uk

    Sounds like a plan.....
  3. Silly Car's Avatar
    I wish I had taken a closer look at the canoe when I was at yours, when I did look at her, I thought she was made from fibreglass as the paint finish looked as good as gelcoat. Seriously impressed now that I know it is ply, filler and paint.

    I think you should build your daughter a matching one now.
  4. Bonners's Avatar
    Always a mixture of awe and jealously when I read blogs like this. Very impressed with the whole thing.
  5. Sirus's Avatar
    Lovely job, this kayaking thing is rather good. we started with one and are now looking for our 4th kayak.
  6. Funners's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sirus
    Lovely job, this kayaking thing is rather good. we started with one and are now looking for our 4th kayak.
    Devizes to Westminster next year then ?
  7. wheelnut's Avatar
    Just seen this. All the floods and high river levels suddenly make sense. Guy's sat in a boat demonstrating archimede's displacement theory.

    Top job! Hope you get many hours of enjoyment from it.
  8. Sirus's Avatar
    As long as it's all down hill
  9. phooey's Avatar
    FWIW I did an afternoon with Guy down at Flamborough yesterday. Sea state was pretty much perfect, just enough swell for a first time on tidal waters. The coast there is beautiful to kayak along with plenty to see and coves and caves to potter around. He really should be proud of that boat - I suspect he is in all honesty. It looks fantastic on and off water and paddles beautifully - smooth through the water, effortless to paddle and tracks absolutely true. Makes my rotomould feel very second rate which I suppose it is. If I was any kind of craftsman I'd be looking at doing a build myself, but I'm not. Maybe a cheap wood yak will come up on ebay.

    To sum up, its easily the nicest boat I've paddled and it oozes exclusivity. When we got in the only boat anyone was interested in was Guy's.

    Guess he'll post some pictures.
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