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The Orion

[Sept 4, 2004]
Looking back on this, I could have saved a LOT of time and many brain cells by using someone elses plans - and would have had a better boat. Instead I figured it out with the use of models and scratch paper.



stem&stern_images

First, the stem and stern. These are made from 3/4" birch plywood.



finished_scarph_joints They seem to be strong enough. But jeez, it's hard to believe that this is most of what will be a boat!



[Oct 4, 2004]
The finished frame. This is my first skin-on-frame boat, and I've tried a lot of 'experiments' while designing and building the frame. Next comes the skinning.

finish
ed kayak frame



[Oct. 14]
It's been a 4 day push to get the skin on, sewn up, and not painted. After 3 coats of oil based polyurathane, we have a boat. I'll finish the coaming and let the whole thing dry a few days.



rudder_assembly_image Then the actual pedals slide in. They hinge in the middle. Otherwise there would be too much stress on the cables and they would eventually snap.



rudder_image

With this design the rudder blade is easily replaced and to allow for experimentation.



It's a boat!. My first SOF kayak.


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