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I chose to make a larger than "traditional" cockpit for my kayak. If I had stuck with the traditional round cockpit of a Greenland style kayak I probably would not have need to steam it. The the sharp radius of the modern cockpit was a little too much to get my 1/8" thick yellow cedar around. I used 3 laminations. With the steaming I could have probably used one 3/8" thick piece but then I would have had figure out the joint. Here I just offset the joints. 2 layers may have been enough, but since the coaming will take much of the compression load when the boat is bridged between two waves, I figured a little more beef wouldn't hurt.
[Steaming the Ribs | Installing Stringers | Deck and Coaming | Sewing Skin]
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