Assembly progress

Here’s the latest pics of bones assembled and "strips" attached. Will likley staple/glue the PVC on tomorrow, then on w/ trim. Two of the fotos show support strips and positioned suports. I’m wondering why they aren’t centered in the strips, instead of at the ends? One of life’s questions.

bones assembled

bones assembled

bones assembled

bones assembled

Running Tide Yachts

>>> Running Tide Yachts

This is an interesting web page to read for some "future looking" ideas on propulsion and yacht design. Honestly, I’m not quite sure if they people are selling designs, plans, charters or aren’t quite that far along, but they have a nice collection of articles and musings on various sail and power propulsion, hull design, etc.

Folding Kayak Builders Manual – Homebuilt Folding Kayaks by Thomas Yost

>>> Folding Kayak Builders Manual – Homebuilt Folding Kayaks by Thomas Yost

Another one that I somehow missed when I was doing the Skin on Frame posting.

Thomas Yost has a very detailed and picture rich web page showing the different Kayak designs and how they go together. His designs revolve around HDPE (high density polyethelene) frames (or cross sections, as he calls them) with aluminum tubing. Ove r that goes the PVC skin.

Links to various suppliers of these materials are provided.

Really neat…

Origami Bones

Being retired allows me lots of time to work on "Walda", the Origami 6.

This week the priming/painting finished and bottom panels got bolted to keel. I was only able to find a 1 1/2" ss hinge, which seems to work out OK. Also used ss flat head machine screws 10/32 w/ nyloc nuts and ss fender washers where needed. No Chicago screws in ss or bronze available locally. Now I’m getting ready for attaching strips and then PVC cloth.

2 shots of the bones:

Maybe it’ll be in water next week.

Origami 6′ – California Style

asloth is building a 6′ Origami Dinghy. I learned about his efforts on the Duckworks mailing list and have been chatting with him some. He was kind enough to forward some pictures and give me permission to post them, showing his progress (which is MUCH faster than mine) – Bruce

I received Origami plans two weeks ago. Made a cardboard model first to learn metric measurements and see how it goes together. Covered cardboard w/ ripstop nylon which turned out a bit baggy. But I learned a lot building a model.

I’ve gathered all wood and plywood. 7/8’s doug-fir for keel-knee-stem, and 3/8’s marine ply for most of rest. 1/4 ply for trim pieces. Glued, w/ PL Premium, keel assembly today, and butt joint for one side of bottom, as I got all pieces out of one 4×8 sheet of 3/8’s.

Recieved 3 yds. of 18 oz. black vinyl from Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics a couple days ago. Around $8 bucks a yd. I can’t find stainless or bronze/brass chicago screws so will use stainless machine screws and nuts. I plan to glue vinyl to frame w/ PL Permium as above on wood. Will prime wood w/ UMA primer from X-I-M and top coat w/ semi-gloss latex. Grey inside and bright yellow out.

Anyone else out there working on, or thinking of building an Origami?

PVC Kayak

>>> PVC Kayak

A recent BuildDiary.net posting points us to this interesting use of PVC pipe, duct tape, and a tarp. Looks like a fun project, especially if you have a young one to "help you along".

Check some of the other fun things at the Instructables web site. My son and I have had a lot of fun with the marshmallow gun (yes, that’s how its spelled) 🙂

Do make SURE and keep safety in mind… this isn’t exactly a seagoing craft. Life jackets would be in order (unlike the pictured trial run).