Petrel Play SG

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Pedro75 wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2023 5:56 pm
Are you building a dinghy too?
No but my mate is building a CLC skerry, it’s in my workshop so he can glass it without the bugs.
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Cockpit rim is bonded to the deck, glass twilled over and fill coated. The glass twill extends from the outer edge of the rim, down the risers and lips under the deck by about and inch.

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That looks really smart👍
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Epoxy + graphite, rollered on and brush tipped. A second coat to go on top of the first when it’s tacky.
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Thanks for that. I think I need to do the same to my Shrike and I’ve a pot of Graphite to play with.
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The graphite leaves a slightly gritty finish which needs to be sanded smooth.
(Hence why I’m now working outside)
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Deck Varnish; first coat.
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Rear bulkhead in and filleted. I wasnt too happy with the fit of the one made straight from the plans, so made my own to get a slightly better fit (more of a sloped, rather than vertical angle to the bulkhead face)
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There’s been a sanding of the hull and a second coat of black resin (it was patchy in places, which I’d kinda expected)

The deck has been varnished and sanded once, so it’ll soon be time for more varnish and sanding. Temperature is now ever present in my mind as we approach winter.
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Ooohhh - that looks lovely. Can’t wait to see some better pics 🫣
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Pedro75 wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2023 6:14 pm
Ooohhh - that looks lovely. Can’t wait to see some better pics 🫣
Yeah mate, I’ll do some proper pictures outside on trestles ..when it’s not raining.

2 more sanding and varnishings to go.

In the meantime..

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Looks fantastic - nice one 👍
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2 inch Glass tape around the bulkheads. Downright awkward and I now have epoxy in my hair!
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Looking good.
Allow a small digression.
I have been caravan’ing near Kendal and having bought most of my materials from Fyne boat kits and corresponded with Phil about various things during its build. I asked if I could call in and ask him about my patches of chalky epoxy.
While I was there Phil gave me a fascinating tour of the workshops and a look at materials and the boats on display which included a Petrel play and a tandem kayak which had been designed for the Devises to Westminster race, a couple of stunning strip built Canadians and a Dory.

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Nice.
They do have designs catering for discerning kayaking caravanners too !

https://www.fyneboatkits.co.uk/kits/oth ... op-camper/
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It’s warming up again so back into the workshop. Gluing up a hatch rim with Puraflex adhesive and a lot of clamps.
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Fantastic - getting close now!
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Starting to look like a real kayak now.
To do: varnish hull, fit seat, fit footrests, fit knee pads under the deck, repair the slight damage to skeg blade pivot bushing that happened over winter, fit skeg blade and adjuster mechanism, fit deck lines and handles. Order a custom spray skirt
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+ Decklines and bungees
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+ Footrests
(M6 Stainless nyloc nuts)
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Thanks for these photo's its looking brilliant.
Just a question and not a criticism did you not think of placing the bulkhead in a position so there would be no need for footrests and allowing more storage space in the front compartment. I presume it's only you who will use the boat?
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ChrisJK wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2024 10:34 pm
Thanks for these photo's its looking brilliant.
Just a question and not a criticism did you not think of placing the bulkhead in a position so there would be no need for footrests and allowing more storage space in the front compartment. I presume it's only you who will use the boat?
I thought about it, but I’m planning on letting anybody who wants to paddle it try it out, so the standard bulkhead and footrests were a very deliberate choice.

Similarly I have a glass Ndk pilgrim seat that fits me, just about, but I’m fitting an Ndk foam seat so that a greater number of users will be able to fit in the seat. (It’s also by far the comfiest seat I’ve sat on).
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Cut out the skeg slider slot then fettled the hole with a Shinto rasp for a snug fit.
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Slider box test fit:
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Sticking down the NDK foam seat with puraflex 40.

https://shop.seakayakinguk.co.uk/collec ... /foam-seat

Later, the presently flappy foam hip pads that are part of the seat pad, will be blocked out with closed cell foam, stuck to the sides of the cockpit, and I’ll carve custom foam backrest

The skeg blade is in, the skeg tube is supported every 6 inches or so by a pice of 2” glass twill draped over the skeg tube to pin it to the inside of the kayak. (It’s possible to cut through the twill at a later date if I ever need to)
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Two more layers of varnish on the hull.
Need to order some more closed cell foam to make a back rest.
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Knocked out a couple of toggles too.

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Cobbling together a back pad out of foam offcuts (blocks stuck together using impact adhesive) partly because I’m keen to get it finished in time for Springboard to summer, and partly because they needed using up and it’s more eco than buying more.

Lots of getting in and out and back in again, rasp and sanding a bit more, etc. The fine side of a Shinto saw rasp makes easy work of the general shaping, particularly dishing the area where your spine goes.


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The area around the thigh hooks has been padded out with self adhesive foam. Definitely an improvement in comfort given the hard flat panels. My knobbly and injured knee appreciates the foam.
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The skeg is all set up an and working great.

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Which means ITS DONE

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Huge thanks to Pedro75 for passing the kit to me, it’s been a lot of fun and I can’t wait for the launch.
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It’s looking absolutely awesome 🤩. So glad you took this on. Can’t wait to see launch/paddling pics! And thanks for all the updates!
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