Monday, June 22, 2009

The Ultimate Adventure Craft - The Canoe Part 2

Mark prepares the bonding strips which secure the deck to the hull. As the temperature soars into the high 80's, Mark makes adjustments to the building/curing process, Everything all laid out for efficiency, the clock is ticking as the resin wants to kick.

Have you ever seen a shop so neat and tidy!! Dang Mark, you're going to make someone a wonder wife someday!! Oops bad PC I can feel the e-mails coming!! :-)

The deck and the hull, just popped out of the molds, a little bit of prep and set up, then line them up for bonding. Notice how the saw horses are cocked to hold the cruiser up-right, notice the rubber mats down on the floor, many many hours standing on your feet.
The Sea Wind in the rear of the picture is on end, for what is called an end pour. Expandable foam in two part liquid form is poured into the ends for floatation.

What's the point of building a canoe if you can't use duct tape!! Mark lines up the deck and hull; the outer edge has a very unique bonding strip that is hollow. All cables for steering fore an aft run through the strip, no fouling or hanging up on gear when underway. Yes, there are steering controls for both seated postions, great for when you need to do some onboard housekeeping while on the water.

The Cruiser is in a rope sling to assist for ease and access in the bonding process. The bite in the line forming a loop at the bottom is a tie off point to keep the Cruiser from swing while bonding the interior. It is in a rope sling to make adjustments in height very quickly, aiding in drip or run control while bonding. If you ever looked inside one of Mark's builds you will find a finish smooth as a baby's behind. Great for when your Cruiser is your home and your sleeping in the bottom of it, no scrapes or abrasions.

Walla!! You have a Cruiser!! But far from finished; The deck rim needs to be finished off along with the seat hangers, portage yoke, rudder fabrication and assembly, tie downs, spray skirt, lines. There is an estimated 60 hours of work left on the cruiser before it can be delivered.
Got adventure? - The Capt'n

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