Greenland Kayak

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Patricks Dad
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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Patricks Dad » Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:43 pm

I got the cockpit coaming sewn on this morning.

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The skin is pretty tight (I may have put it on too tight). I hope my seams don't fail when I shrink it...
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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Glen Smith » Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:47 pm

The skin does look kind of tight. I hope it works out ok.

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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Patricks Dad » Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:27 am

This evening I added a 2nd nylon thread on my seams alternating with the original thread. It straightened out the stitching quite a bit.

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It should be a stronger seam now (still worried about how tight the skin is now - will try to find some experts - although it's kind of hard to judge this with pictures).
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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Patricks Dad » Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:54 pm

I shrank the skin this afternoon. It's drum-tight (If I knew how to play the drum I could just stop now). No problems with the seams. It's ready for the 2-part poly.
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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Glen Smith » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:15 pm

That's good news!

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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Moonman » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:17 am

Randy, which brand of poly are you going to use? Reasons? Also, will you need more than one coat? Just curious on this building process.

Thanks,

Moonman.

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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Patricks Dad » Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:26 am

I'm using 2-part urethane from Skin Boats.
http://shop.skinboats.com/2-part-Urethane-System_c5.htm

I learned of these folks from a guy at the Canadian Canoe Museum who was in the middle of building a kayak when I visited in August. He gave me a strong endorsement of their cloth and urethane. I expect it will take 3 or 4 coats but they are applied in rapid succession over a couple hour period (not an all day affair as with epoxy). Bottom done one day, deck the next. I'm currently waiting for them to ship me some pigment to mix into the B-part to color it (I was going to dye it but they recommended against using dye under the urethane citing longevity concerns). I should be able to get some actual experience with the urethane next week and can post my results.
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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Snowman » Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:40 pm

Randy,

It is looking great!


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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Patricks Dad » Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:37 pm

After experimenting with a couple different pigment colors, I settled on an iron oxide based pigment. Tuesday and Wednesday this week were finish days (bottom Tuesday, top Wednesday). The finish is still a bit tacky (touching it leaves a fingerprint that disappears over a period of seconds). I'll leave it set for a few days before I get it in the water (if the water is still liquid at that time - parts of the lake are frozen now...).

The final weight came in at 27.1 pounds (It will go up a small amount once I add rigging but not too much).

Here's a few pics of the final results:
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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Glen Smith » Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:15 pm

The kayak looks great Randy! Are you going to take some rolling lessons?

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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Patricks Dad » Thu Dec 06, 2012 7:55 pm

Glen,

I've had lots of people offer to help me with the first part of the roll... :laughing

I do intend to learn to roll it. Not sure I'll need lessons or not.
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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Glen Smith » Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:05 pm

Not sure I'll need lessons or not.
There's one way to find out. :thinking

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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by BearLeeAlive » Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:44 pm

That looks great, Randy. You seem to have got it done pretty quick too.
-JIM-

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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Patricks Dad » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:36 pm

I put it in the water on Saturday.... But only for a few minutes. It snowed a bunch on Sunday so I'm thankful for even the short paddle. I'll look forward to getting some more experience with it soon. Need to carve a Greenland paddle this winter...


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Re: Greenland Kayak

Post by Glen Smith » Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:37 pm

Looks great and the trim seems perfect.

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