Four Boys Scouts from the local Boulder troop came over to the shop and worked together, over the last 3 days, to build their own Chuckanut 10 kayak - start to finish, from scratch!
A few weeks ago I got an email asking about one of the children's kayaks I had built last year - and if a group of Scouts could build one, under my tutelage, to be photographed and written up for an article in the BSA's national magazine "Boy's Life."
We started this last Thursday, around lunch time. . . .
We opted for the Chuckanut 10, as it is more scout sized than the teeny Kidyak they had originally seen. The C10 is a SOF recreational kayak, 10' long x 27" wide, suitable for paddlers all the way up to about 200lbs, but just fine for smaller paddlers, too.
I explained what we were going to do, went over some safety issues, and started them out lofting the individual frames and stems. "Just like graphing in math class," I told them, and they got it right away.
Then they had to cut out the frames, with jig saws - a definite learning experience - and they helped me rip the stringers on the bandsaw.
That was day one.
Day two we mounted the frames on the strongback, bent in the stringers and gunwales and fit the stems.
Then they lashed it all together. Many hands make for quick work!
After the frame was fully lashed, including floorboards, it was time to skin her:
Slave driver that I am, we got on a coat of paint between a series of afternoon and evening thunderstorms.
Painting is fun!
Luckily, the grass was already green . . . .
And that was day two - boat all but built, just time needed for the paint to dry and to add some trim!