PVC Boatshed

>>> PVC Boatshed

I’ve been thinking and planning a bit on how to provide a roof over my work area. As I try to skin the hull, just throwing tarps over it will not work so well (right now if they leak, the water just drips through the frame and to the ground, when there is skin, it will be landing on my workplace).

There are various bow shed plans, etc. out there, and I had thought about using one, but in the back of my mind I’ve been considering using PVC pipe for a frame. After my Vertical Launch System work PVC pipe has been on my mind 🙂

For whatever reason, I thought to search for PVC sheds today and ran across the PVCPlans site. They have some free plans, and some links to several different suppliers of PVC fittings specialized for building things (instead of the standard plumbing fixtures). I don’t know if I will use special fixtures or just make up something from locally available plumbing fixtures, but there are some neat ideas and things to consider. I like the "SnapClamps" that various suppliers have. They look like a split section of PVC pipe that is sized to "snap over" a pipe and hold on a tarp or plastic cover.

Some recent comments – epoxy, spiling and other goodies

I wanted to point out some recent comments and the great resources they are (either in themselves or in the sites they point to).

  • A recent poster pointed out the Michael Storer Boat Design site, emphasising the resources that Mr. Storer makes available, including instructions in epoxy use, etc. I especially found the tip on using a ziplock bag for epoxy dispensing to look interesting. I had seen this idea sometime before, but forgot by the time I was actually using epoxy. I’ll be giving it a try!
  • Another has given a link to a web page showing the process of motorizing a Wavewalk Kayak… looks like fun.
  • Lastly, I wanted to highlight this description of "spiling"… it looks to be a great technique for finding the size and shape of side panels/planks. I also found this link at Southern Crown Boatworks which has a good section on spiling. That page also has info on sawn frames, steam bending, lamination and lofting if you are wanting to read up on any of those.

Helge update

>>> Helge update

It’s been a while since we pointed out Wendell Gallagher’s Helge. A steel hulled Buehler Diesel Duck which is is finishing himself.

I sure wish my woodwork looked that good…

Mr. Gallagher has some neat ideas on interior fittings that are worth a read and a thought… shelves for clothes under the bunks instead of drawers (to make better use of space and allow air circulation) is one example.

Nessmuking.com – lightweight canoe and kayak travel

>>> Nessmuking.com – lightweight canoe and kayak travel

Note that Nessmuking.com is now PaddlingLight.com

A nice looking blog/web site covering canoe and kayaks… their construction and travel on same.

I especially liked the article on stitch and glue, which gave some good descriptions, along with pictures.

Nessmuking.com’s philosophy is simple: to provide up-to-date information about lightweight canoe and kayak travel, while advancing wilderness protection through growing paddlesport participation.

As with all things simple, this goal is more complicated than it seems, but Nessmuking.com will sort through the mess and give it to you simply.

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…

Skin on frame

There is a method of building that I ran across recently that has been popular for many years in the canoe/kayak world… skin on frame. Its a matter of building a lightweight framework from wood/metal/plastic and stretching a skin over it. The flexible skin becomes the hull.

Fascinating to look at some of the ideas of work. This is all a bit smaller than I’m interested in, although it fits in some way with the Origami Dingy that I’m (slowly, I know) working on… some of these kayaks use the same material as specified for the dingy.

I can’t help but think there may be some applications for these skins on larger craft… not as a self-supporting hull, maybe, but as a "coating"? Heat shrink a skin onto a wood backing instead of epoxy? Worth some thinking/testing/playing.

Anyway, here’s a collection of sites for those interested: