I can’t wait to launch this wood duck kayak with Harry in it. He is going to be so excited. Almost as excited as his Dad. I have not been able to find too many tasks for him to work on, but I got him down in the basement a couple of times in October so far. I picked up a Bahco Carbide Scraper from Duckworks Magazine. It is one of those tools that I could not figure out how I had lived without for so long. Wonderful for taking down high spots in epoxy. It is also a great tool for a kid to use. Effective, relatively safe, and dust free. Harry took right to it knocking down the edge of the fiberglass tape in preparation for a sheet of fiberglass in the cockpit.
Between the scrapper and the DeWalt Multitool with the sander attachment (see my review here), we made quick work of it. Later that night, I got the sheet of fiberglass wetted out in the cockpit and all was well. On relatively flat surfaces like this, I wet out the fiberglass with a plastic spreader. I find it the quickest and most effective way to move the epoxy around to where it is needed and to work out the air bubbles. It also prevents you from using too much epoxy and having the fiberglass float in the epoxy instead of sticking to the wood. Once I think it is near perfect, I will go back over the whole area with a laminating roller to make sure the bubbles are worked out.
As you build a boat is is always beneficial to think ahead as many steps as you can. One question that came to mind is if Harry could carry the wood duck kayak on his own or not. I believe it will come in around 50lbs once complete so the answer is a resounding no. Harry cannot carry it himself, but he can certainly carry one end of it. For that we will need handles, and for that we will need screws, which will need something to screw in to. I added 2 small blocks of 5/4 pine to the bow and stern decks and saturated them with epoxy. I kept them short so they would not stunt and bending when the deck is installed on the hull. I will screw a pad eye one to the deck and make a nice wood handle on a cord similar to these handles. Yeah, the blocks are a little ugly, but this is the last time anyone will ever see them as they will be mounted well inside the boat, under the deck.