Sunday, May 10, 2015

Maiden voyage

I got a chance in between thunder showers to take the Petrel out on its maiden voyage. I had a little trouble squeezing my big white royal Arabian butt into the 17 inch wide cockpit. But once I was in, it went very well.  It is a very fast Kayak. I covered about two miles in 15 minutes with very little effort. It was not the best weather for good photos .

Sunday, April 19, 2015


Well if I wanted too, I could put the Petrel in the water today. I still need a couple more coats of varnish to say that she is done. I have brought the Guillemot down into the man cave to put a new coat or two on her as well.

I will be taking both kayaks to OkoumeFest in four weeks. I am looking forward to meeting other boat builders and getting their advice on what I am doing wrong with my glass work.

I also want to try some other kayaks out so that I can decide on what kayak to build next. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Gluing the deck to the hull

Finally gluing the deck to the hull. Time is slipping away. The big boat show is in eight weeks and I still have lots of sanding and varnishing to do.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cutting out the hatches

Cutting out the hatch plates for the kayak. It takes time to build enough courage to start cutting. I hate the idea of cutting holes in a good looking kayak.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Glassing the deck

Today I put the fiberglass cloth on the deck of the Petrel. Once the cloth is soaked with epoxy resin it turns clear to show the wood grain underneath.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

First glass

Today is a big day for the Petrel build. I just put the first area of fiberglass cloth down with epoxy resin. This starts a process that will take me until spring.