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Varnishing Petrel Play

This video shows the process of varnishing the whole bottom of the Petrel Play in nearly real time. I cut a few times as I moved the camera, and there is a brief section of accelerated time as the varnish drains through the filter.

Recessed Fitting Hole Template

Recessed Fitting Hole Template
Using the Recessed Fitting Hole TemplateRecessed wooden deck line fitting installed
$25.00

The recessed deck fittings require a odd egg-shaped hole cut in the deck of your kayak. This precision hole is accomplish by a plunge router with pattern bushing in this template. The template is secured to the deck, you follow the template, you get an egg-shaped hole.

The template is made from 1/2" MDF. It is designed to be used with a 1/8" diameter down-cut router bit and a 3/8" diameter pattern bushing. We do not sell these, they are available through Amazon and other router bit suppliers.

Recessed Deck Line Fitting

Recessed Deck Line Fitting
Dimensional Drawing of Recessed FittingWood Kayak Deck FittingMaple Kayak Recessed PadeyeCherry Kayak Recessed Pad EyeMahogany Kayak Recessed Padeye
$35.00

Add an elegant touch to your next kayak. These recessed deck line padeyes create a secure tie down anchor for rigging deck lines on a kayak or similar small boat.

These deckline fittings feature room for two 1/4" [~6.5mm] diameter lines. The lines can either be standard rope or elastic shock cord. The bar the rope is looped under is formed in a "dovetail" shape to resist pulling out. Properly installed one of these fittings is plenty strong enough to lift the whole kayak.

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Pulling Staples, Scraping and Sanding the Petrel Play

What seems like fairly boring tasks, pulling the staples, scraping off the glue, and starting to sand are actually the time your boat makes one of its fastest transitions. I always feel the raw strips, pumped full of staples, looks pretty bad. Just pulling the staples it looks better, and everything you do from now on will make it look better and better.

Fitting Two Stage Tapers

Sometimes when fitting strips on a strip built boat you have space where multiple strips intersect. So, instead of having one simple taper, you have a combination of two different tapers. Here I show the process of creating that fit.

Setting up Forms on an Internal Strongback

This video is nearly real-time. I cut a few bits where I walked off camera and when I was setting up the camera. It shows how quickly and accurately the internal strongback can be assembled.

Making Little Boats out of Big Boats

Scaling kayak designs

"Can I make a 10' kayak from a 17' kayak by decreasing the form spacing." or similar, is one of my more commonly received questions. The reason for asking may be that the questioner only has a 12' long work shop, or they don't want to put a longer kayak on their Mini Cooper or they just don't want a long boat.

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