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One week in July............ Another F1

Peter Burgess came back again, this time for a stable mate for his Baidarka, Raido-Beta.

Peter chose one of Brian Shultz's F1 kayaks so that friends could came along when he goes paddling down on the Mornington Peninsula.

We decided to build this one in Pawlonia, an even lighter timber than my more usual Western Red Cedar.

The result - a weight saving of just short of a kg overall........

 

After sourcing all the materials - Paulownia from John White - www.paulownia-timber-sales.com.au and bamboo for the ribs from www.bamboo-oz.com.au and the Balistic Nylon and Urethane from Corey Freedman - www.skinboats.org I was ready to go. Here you can see my F1 built with Brian Schulz of www.capefalconkayak.com looking on with interest.
Deck completed - ready for ribs.
End of Day2. Good progress made and on schedule.
I love what the camera sees in these frames.......
A big day and a late night for Day3 - I'll post more soon but we've basically gone from the previous pic to this in one day..... Should be able to skin tomorrow, waterproof on the next day, and be on the water with a paddle in three days time...
Couldn't resist - one last "arty" shot before getting some sleep....oh, yeah, weighs in at just short of 8kg at the moment.....
Day4 and Smile14 has her first look at the outside world.
An 8kg frame to carry an 80kg paddler....................
A stitch in time. A late night working through to almost midnight after a couple of set backs. Ready for Urethane tomorrow....................
I'm on record as saying that this is a beautiful sight - one I'm not tiring of..................
For all intents and purposes.......FINISHED!!! That's the end of Day5 with the Urethane on and waiting to cure. Paddling tomorrow.
Cockpit & Floorboard treatment. Coaming laminated from Bamboo rib stock.
Another view - turned out as smooth as a babies bot.....
Here's a couple of beauties - not quite twins......Out in the sunshine ready for a paddle - Afternoon of Day6
A happy Peter Burgess - new owner and part builder of Smile14.....................and the 11kg target weight has been achieved!!!!!!
First paddle - late afternoon in Winter on the Derwent...............beautiful.
There's something about Skin-on-Frame craft and sunlight that looks stunning.............................
The end of a great week - on Monday there were sticks of timber and a carton of materials..........Friday afternoon sees a happy paddler with a paddle he has made himself in a kayak that he has helped create.
It took a while to get this shot - well worth it though I think......
Some final pics taken with Smile14 meeting her elements - sea, sky, sand, surf
Enough said - the photos speak for themselves.....................she turned out beautiful and I'm very proud of Smile14........
A last pat - hope to see you again someday and perhaps take you for a paddle - look after Peter, and look after yourself......................
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