A forum for discussing wooden boats and boat building

You are not logged in.

#1 1 Feb 2013 6:05 pm

Gardennorm
Member
Registered: 1 Feb 2013
Posts: 12

Night Heron stitch and glue

Hi everyone!
To keep me out of mischief I thought it would be a good idea to build a sea kayak!
After looking through the various plans I short listed the Night Heron, Petrel and the Pax 20, but as this was my first attempt a building a kayak and also living on a Greek island I thought it best to stick to the simpler method of stitch and glue so I plumped for the Night heron.
I wanted to do everything so just ordered the plans and this is where the problems started.
Greece may have crystal clear waters and beautiful weather but finding things that we mostly take for granted in the UK can be a problem!
4mm marine ply! sorry the thinnest marine ply is 6mm! So do I build a rather heave kayak or opt for 4mm general purpose ply? I went the the 4mm with the thought process that it will be completely protected with epoxy and paint, time will tell if this is a mistake.
After getting the ply, which was quite badly stained, Ive opted to finish the kayak with a gel coat.
Next problem was the first lot of epoxy was not strong enough so my scarf joints fell apart!!
Now got a high quality epoxy, scarfs holding fine.
In my excitement I did not take photos of the initial stages, so my pics start at the stitching and gluing stage, very exciting seeing these carefully cut, planned and sanded strips of ply suddenly turn into a kayak shape!
IMG_0113.jpeg
IMG_0119.jpegIMG_0123.jpegIMG_0127.jpegIMG_0138.jpeg

Ill post more pics as the build moves on.
Fiberglassing and making hatches at the moment.

Offline

#2 3 Feb 2013 6:14 pm

Gardennorm
Member
Registered: 1 Feb 2013
Posts: 12

Re: Night Heron stitch and glue

A few more pics of the cockpit coaming and the rear hatch ringsIMG_0160.jpgIMG_0159.jpgIMG_0158.jpgIMG_0163.jpg

Offline

#3 6 Feb 2013 6:16 pm

Gardennorm
Member
Registered: 1 Feb 2013
Posts: 12

Re: Night Heron stitch and glue

Finally got to the enjoyable stage of joining the deck to the hull, its great to see the shape of my kayak!
I decided to stitch so that I can get a tight seal and as this is my first attempt at building a kayak the stitches will help to pull the surfaces together better than tape.
IMG_0168.jpegIMG_0167.jpegIMG_0166.jpegIMG_0165.jpeg

Offline

#4 7 Feb 2013 10:14 am

Richard
Member
From: East Sussex
Registered: 7 Jun 2011
Posts: 74

Re: Night Heron stitch and glue

It looks fantastic well done


Canoe & Kayak Owner

Offline

#5 8 Feb 2013 2:04 pm

beaker
Member
Registered: 9 Oct 2011
Posts: 81

Re: Night Heron stitch and glue

Very nice shape there. Are those plywood twist lock hatches? I haven't seen those before.

Offline

#6 8 Feb 2013 6:54 pm

Gardennorm
Member
Registered: 1 Feb 2013
Posts: 12

Re: Night Heron stitch and glue

Thanks!
I really like the shape too, yes they are twist lock hatches, theres quite a bit of work involved in making them but I do like the look of them in photos ive seen of the finished boat.

Offline

#7 11 Feb 2013 6:18 pm

Gardennorm
Member
Registered: 1 Feb 2013
Posts: 12

Re: Night Heron stitch and glue

Here is the inside of the twist lock hatch.
IMG_0173.jpeg

Offline

#8 17 Feb 2013 6:47 pm

Gardennorm
Member
Registered: 1 Feb 2013
Posts: 12

Re: Night Heron stitch and glue

Primer now being applied, Hopefully not to long till i find out if it floats!!!
IMG_0196.jpeg
IMG_0198.jpeg

Offline

#9 8 Mar 2013 8:25 pm

Gardennorm
Member
Registered: 1 Feb 2013
Posts: 12

Re: Night Heron stitch and glue

Final stages now, its taken much longer than I expected but its been very enjoyable, already thinking of the next one!
Painting finally finished.
IMG_0229.jpeg
For the seat I made a concrete mold by building a box the same size as the hull and filling a bag with concrete, then sitting in it, I gave it a few coats of paint then covered it with cling film to be sure it would release and added fiberglass.IMG_0230.jpeg
The deck elastics being fitted temporarily.
IMG_0240.jpeg

Offline

#10 13 Apr 2013 2:53 pm

Gardennorm
Member
Registered: 1 Feb 2013
Posts: 12

Re: Night Heron stitch and glue

The finished kayak.
It perform beautifully, the hard chines making it easy to control by edging, its also quick and very comfortable, I love it!! smile
P1010916.jpeg
IMG_0279.jpeg
IMG_0281.jpeg

Offline

#11 13 Apr 2013 5:10 pm

beaker
Member
Registered: 9 Oct 2011
Posts: 81

Re: Night Heron stitch and glue

Nice boat, fantastic location!

Offline

#12 15 Apr 2013 3:12 pm

Paul
Employee
From: Gatebeck Cumbria
Registered: 4 Aug 2011
Posts: 115

Re: Night Heron stitch and glue

Your boat does look superb and it is good to hear that you are pleased with it.  Thank you for taking us through the build.

Offline

#13 16 Apr 2013 2:39 pm

Jason Gillingham
Member
Registered: 1 Feb 2013
Posts: 31

Re: Night Heron stitch and glue

Great photos

Offline

Board footer

Powered by FluxBB