At the end of October my son and I went on his year 6 (end of primary) school camp. He did a bunch of different activities which included sailing in an Optimist and kayaking in a heavy 2.9m roto-moulded Perception.
Once back home he told m ehow he really enjoyed the kayaking and sailing and how he wished he had his own kayak. That gave me just he excuse I needed to build a skin-on-frame boat for him. I've been reading about various SOF builds on the forum and wanted to give ita try. I had to get a bit of landscaping work out of the way, and I was expecting progress to be slow because I wanted my son to join in wherever possible, partly to pick up some skills and partly to get the sense of achievement of at least having contributed to the build.
The design I chose was theSeaFlea by Tom Yost. It's a small kayak, slim as well as short with a maximum capacity of 50Kg, nearly 20 more than my son weighs, so a bit of room for growth whilst providing a boat he can easily manoeuvre both on the water and on land.
The plans are free and that fitted with the idea of a fairly quick and cheap build, this is after all aboat that will be grown out of fairly quickly, it doesn't have to last even 5 years, 2 will do I'm sure.
The yostwerks website callsfor 3/4” stringers and 1/2” ply frames. I had some 9mm (~3/8”) meranti marineply leftover from previous builds, so decided to double that and reduce the depth of the frames to keep the weight down. For the stringers, I bought 2.4m (8') lengths of radiata pine clears, 18mm square (pretty close to 3/4”). Not the ideal material but all I could find to keep in the 'cheap-and-cheerful' theme. The cockpit coaming will be laminated from some small strips of 4mm meranti I have to make the deck of a double S&T kayak, while the rubbing strips that will cover the staples will be from some remu (NZ red pine) doorframes I have stored in the basement.