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Building Instructions for Charlotte — The Model

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This kit has been computer designed to ensure the optimum fit of all parts. It contains almost everything that you will need in the construction of your kayak.

Additional materials required are:

  1. Packing tape
  2. A pair of scissors
  3. About twenty minutes
  4. A little Scotch

Step 1

Carefully cover the entire surface of the kayak kit with packing tape, both sides. The packing tape will provide a measure of water resistance to the kayak. (When building the real thing we saturate the wood panels with epoxy. I has much the same effect as the packing tape but works even better. ) I suggest that you cover the entire sheet.

Step 2

Cut out the hull. Using a good pair of scissors carefully cut the hull out. It is one piece. If you cut on the outside of the line you will have better results. When building the real thing it is somewhat easier as the panels are bigger, so are the tools. During this stage we also scarf the panels together on the real thing,

Step 3

Fold the bilge panels in half along the longitudinal axis. Oh oh, I have lost some potential builders at this point. What is the longitudinal axis? The longitudinal axis translates to the long way. While the panels are folded seal the seam from A to B with scotch tape. Seal the seam from C to D with tape as well. On the real thing we sew these parts together. Yes we actually sew them with needle and a thread like material, then seal them with fiberglass tape and epoxy.

Step 4

Seal the seam between the bilge panels and the shear panels with scotch tape. This is a little tricky can is much much easier on the full sized product. I will be easier if you cut a couple of tucks in the tape. I suggest that you seal both in inside and the outside of the seam.

Step 5

Install the bulkheads. I recommend that you transfer the pattern for the bulkheads from the material they are printed on to something a little stiffer. The card stock used in cereal boxes works very well. Take your time and trim these panels until the fit nicely. Just as in the real model the bulkheads at a very critical part of the project. Tape the bulkheads in the hull at the spots that are marked.

Step 6

The installation of the deck is the most important part of the project. It is what separates a nice kayak from a great kayak. It will be a little tricky taping the deck to the hull but with care you can do this.

Step 7

Go wild. Colour your coaming any colour you want, then cover it with tape and tape it into position.

Two pieces of paper taped to a barbecue skewer and you have a paddle. Hopefully paddling this around the bathtub will help satiate your on-the-water fix until the spring.