How to Build a Simple Outboard Boat
This fit-bottomed cruising kuyak has an over-all
length o f 19 feet, 10.5 inches and a 38 inch beam.
A kayak that's hard to tip certainly
isn't commonplace. North wind,
with her flat bottom, has proved herself
on the windy lakes and swift rivers of
the Yukon; she's as stable as any you'll
Apart from that, buoyancy chambers
make her virtually unsinkable. Designed
for plywood construction, she's
easy to build, light in weight and strong.
Fine for long cruises, she has an ex-liner. This liner is nothing more than a
length of thin-wall tubing with a .040
brass flange soldered in place as shown
in the accompanying diagram.
Smear the outside of the tubing with
liquid pitch before forcing it through.
the filler plug. Pour some additional
pitch over the flange to seal the assembly,
being careful not to drip any inside
the tubing. When the pitch solidifies,
brush the plug a few times with clear
dope to eliminate porosity iri the balsa;
then sand smooth.
When the filler has dried, test the
plug by submerging it in water. If a
good sealing job has been done air bubbles
will not appear. If they do, reseal
The neck of the balloon can now be
stretched over the filler lug; apply
some talcum powder...
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Build the Northwind
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