19' 9" Chaa Creek Expedition

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Re: 19' 9" Chaa Creek Expedition

Post by Jim Dodd » Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:04 pm

Cruiser wrote:Hi Jim,

This is a photo of the NWC dish I made to replace the typical big foam blocks, on my solo yoke, that attaches to the seat. This dish only weighs in at a few ounces, much lighter than foam blocks or a hardwood dish.

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The idea is to use that sort of lightweight dish, and just put a couple of hardwood rails side to side to carry the actual load, while the dish makes for a comfy carry. The actual rails could be solid pieces or laminated 1/4" pieces, shaped to give flair and maybe please your eye for shape. You may need to go a bit thinner if you want to bend very much (or use steam at 1/4"). Anyway, I am a few days from getting back to the shop and starting mine.

Brian
I really like that yoke. My homemade pads are way to heavy. That pad looks more comfortable too !

Nice

Jim
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Re: 19' 9" Chaa Creek Expedition

Post by Cruiser » Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:21 pm

I had posted and explained my concept for the yoke I was making ... I just posted the completed version over on my build thread

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2006&p=30262#p30262

You may or may not find something you can use, but it does explain and demonstrate the concept I had.


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Re: 19' 9" Chaa Creek Expedition

Post by jimlgordon » Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:43 pm

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Add some extra "thwarts" to anchor bow and stern decks which are 1/4" strips just like the hull material.

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Re: 19' 9" Chaa Creek Expedition

Post by jimlgordon » Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:29 pm

How do I position the cleats to hold the seats? How high above the floor should they be?

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Re: 19' 9" Chaa Creek Expedition

Post by jimlgordon » Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:39 pm

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put a coat of epoxy on the gunwales and thwarts

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Re: 19' 9" Chaa Creek Expedition

Post by jimlgordon » Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:51 pm

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drilling the seat frames for walnut dowels

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Re: 19' 9" Chaa Creek Expedition

Post by Cruiser » Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:54 am

jimlgordon wrote:How do I position the cleats to hold the seats? How high above the floor should they be?
Straight forward, you need to know what drop (distance from gunnel to seat top) you want, measure the seat thickness, cleat top position is the drop plus seat thickness. Halfway down the page of this link is my installation of cleats on my last build :

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2006&start=90

If you kneel while paddling, then you need to keep the seat closer to the gunnel, think 2" ... you should be able to figure out the clearance it leaves. If you don't kneel ( I don't/couldn't), you can move the seat down some ( i use around 5"), which will give a more stability (lower center of gravity) but less room under the seat.

I would also check the area where you intend to install the cleats, there are very few flat areas on a canoe (and cleats tend to be flat), you may need to shape/fit the back to fit better for gluing. i would also consider the little channels to allow the seat to "drop in" and not move around much.

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Re: 19' 9" Chaa Creek Expedition

Post by jimlgordon » Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:35 pm

trying out helicoils for the first time
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Re: 19' 9" Chaa Creek Expedition

Post by jimlgordon » Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:14 am

first time sitting in the new boat to test planned placement of seats and footrests
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Re: 19' 9" Chaa Creek Expedition

Post by jimlgordon » Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:13 pm

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some finish work left to do but getting close

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Re: 19' 9" Chaa Creek Expedition

Post by jimlgordon » Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:27 pm

getting ready for the maiden voyage
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Re: 19' 9" Chaa Creek Expedition

Post by jimlgordon » Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:33 pm

maiden voyage ... seats are not ready for use yet
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Re: 19' 9" Chaa Creek Expedition

Post by jimlgordon » Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:40 pm

first time to touch the water
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Re: 19' 9" Chaa Creek Expedition

Post by Jim Dodd » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:31 am

I remember not being able to wait for my seats ! It was in January, and I had just a little open water after a warm spell.

Looks great Jim !

Jim
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Re: 19' 9" Chaa Creek Expedition

Post by jimlgordon » Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:18 pm

many thanks to all of you in this forum for your kind words of encouragement and advice

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