Silver Springs


Different kayakers I had met in other parts of Florida had told me about Silver Springs, usually describing it as the premier springs in Florida. Needless to say, I decided to go. I was pleasantly surprised to arrive at the put-in on a Sunday morning to see a dozen or…

Bahia Honda Key


A time-lapse video of me kayaking in the channel to the west of Bahia Honda under the old and new US-1 bridges: A video of some tarpons swimming under my kayak in deep water: They get over 5 feet long and over 120 lbs. I first saw them in deep…

Key Largo


A time-lapse video of me kayaking at the mangroves at John Pennekamp State Park: The sped up video makes it seem like I am practicing some sort of martial arts ;) Another video of me doing a paddle float re-entry - I am getting better at them:

Little Talbot Island


I stayed the night at Little Talbot Island near Jacksonville, Florida. It is a beautiful place, but the camping was a little pricey at $26 per night for tent camping. I did a little kayaking in the morning in the estuary right behind my campsite. The following is a time-lapse…

Pocomoke River


I am visiting my brother Chuck in Maryland for a few weeks. We decided to do some kayaking while I am here, first exploring a stream that feeds off of the pond that Chuck's house sits on. We paddled across the pond and then portaged over the road to enter…

Deck varnish


This morning, I flipped the kayak over and used a tack cloth on the deck surface and then proceeded to varnish the deck. I avoided having any "non-wet" edges by working both sides of the cockpit alternately. It worked, but I had to rush it a bit and I ended…

Varnish time at last!


It's been a few days since my last post and no, I have not been idle, just too lazy to post an update. I finished the installation of the footbraces. I epoxied the rails into the kayak (I had to remove the front bulkhead to allow access) with thickened epoxy.…

Cutting the hatches


I began making the hatches today. I made a template for half of each hatch with paper and transferred the shape to the deck on masking tape. I masked both inside and out to prevent scratches and de-lamination of the fiber-glass. I used a Japanese Bonsai saw which is very…

‘Glassing the cockpit coaming


So today I 'glassed the cockpit coaming. The deck interior was tack-free this morning, so I trimmed the excess fiber-glass around the perimeter and then sanded it smooth. I took extra care around the cockpit, making sure to have a smooth radius on the transition from deck to coaming. Then…

Fiber-glassing the deck interior


It's been a while since I've updated the blog. I was on vacation with my family for most of that time, which was wonderful. Since the last posting, I finished sanding the coaming lip and then sanded the interior of the kayak deck which took two days (my back could…

Fiber-glassing the deck


Today, I sealed the deck with epoxy and put a fill-coat on the two reinforcement layers on the hull. Once the deck was tack-free, I fiber-glassed it in the same manner as the hull. I used Gawker on my MacBook Pro again to record a time-lapse of it. This is…

Reinforcing the hull


Today, I reinforced the hull with two more layers of fiber-glass in the center. The first one basically fills the section between the two strips of maple and the second one fill the section between the two strips of dark wenge. I did them one at a time in the…

‘Glassing the hull


Well, after about 6 or 7 hours, the epoxy I used to seal the wood had become tack-free (at least mostly.) So, I began to unroll the fiber-glass onto it. I am using 50" wide cloth giving me plenty of room, so the most efficient way is to have the…

Time-Lapse video


I decided to do a time-lapse video on my Mac today using a free program called Gawker. This video represents over 4 hours of work. Despite being sped up greatly, I think it shows how quickly the strips can be installed once you have your technique mastered. In four hours…