Where Have I Been?

It’s been exactly 2 weeks since my last posted progress for Skiff America.  Where Have I been?  Well, I’ll tell you:

  1. Building a kayak rack in my garage to organize 6 recreational kayaks.
  2. Dejunking my garage.
  3. Cleaning up my wood shop.
  4. Vacationing with my family.
  5. And, recovering from a hip injury I incurred while working on Skiff America.

First, the philosophy:  

My wife and I believe in the value of teaching kids about their natural world.  We feel strongly about the benefits of outdoor recreation while attempting to raise children.  With this in mind, we settled on the idea of buying 6 recreational kayaks for family paddling trips.  Nothing too serious, just day trips where everyone paddles their own boat.

We’ve also learned that kids grow fast, so your window of opportunity is very short.  Life gets busy and we often just “flop on the bank”, my way of describing ones confused state of being, due to modern day overabundance and consumerism.

So, we have been striving to do Saturday adventures with the 4 children remaining at home (My oldest daughter is in Japan serving a Mormon mission while my second oldest daughter is at college).

With this decision came the need to buy and store 6 kayaks in my garage.  Here’s what I came up with:

DSC00511.jpgThis is a simple kayak rack built into my existing garage framing material.  It holds 6 boats along the back wall of my garage.  I have room to slip the boats out one at a time for easy loading.

DSC00513The paddles all get strapped together into one bundle and hung on the wall.

DSC005152 inflatable paddle boards complete the package and will work nicely with my Skiff America.

Now for the hip injury:

I was climbing into my boat with epoxy all over my hands trying not to touch anything, while epoxying the cabin’s lower chine panels.  The maneuver required a one legged stand, rotation and lowering.  This same maneuver was preformed over and over, as I struggled to get the job done, prior to the epoxy cooking off.  I felt the strain, but ignored it due to the task at hand.  The next day, it felt bad, but continued to get worse over the next week, leaving me hardly able to walk.  After taking it really easy for nearly 2 weeks, I can today declare I believe things are starting to heal.  I will be much more careful in the future. Believe me, that was not fun.


And, here is our first kayaking adventure, with mom acting as photographer.  It’s all worth it once the kayaks hit the water and the current begins to sweep your boat down river.  I’m now ready to get back to Skiff America.



Cabin Chine Panels

It’s amazing how busy one gets during the summer months.  With kids out of school, hikes to be taken and lakes to be paddled, my boat building time has diminished.  Yet, I was able to complete the cabin chines late last night and early this morning.

Take a look!

DSC00532DSC00533DSC00534DSC00535It’s so much fun to remove the temporary frames, thank them for their service and set them aside, never to enter the boat again.  The boat feels so much bigger without them.


I feel a bit like a zombie after staying up late last night to fillet and lay the 2″ tape and then up again early this morning for the 4″ tape.  The timing of these steps can cause one to loose a little sleep.  But now, sleep I will and let the entire structure get harder and harder.  

Cockpit Chine Panels

With summer in full swing, yard work to do and soccer games to attend, my boat building has slowed a bit.  I’m hoping to have my boat ready to turn by July 1st.  Not sure I’ll make that, but that’s the goal.


DSC00504I found these step very straightforward:  

  1. Roll the seams with unthickened epoxy
  2. Lay in all the fillets
  3. Lay 2″ glass over the wet fillet and smooth with your gloved fingers
  4. Lay 4″ glass over the fillet and smooth with your gloved fingers
  5. Come back 8 hours later and roll more epoxy into the weave and
  6. Then go to dinner with your wife


I ran out of wood filler near the end of these steps, so I’ll have to wait for more to arrive before I can proceed to the cabin panels.  It was a blast to remove the cockpit temporary frame, the boat seemed to grow 3 sizes.