Night Heron ready to take flight

Another Night Heron hatched in Western PA.

Excited to launch this bird.

 

http://cmharlan.blogspot.com/2012/04/balancing-act.html


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RE: Night Heron ready to take flight

Looks FANTASTIC!! How'd u do the deck? Thanks. Michael

RE: Night Heron ready to take flight

Great looking kayak Chris !!!!!     Have a blast with it.  Great job.

Lou

RE: Night Heron ready to take flight

Michael, the deck was more work than I had anticipated. Drawing the asymmetrical curves in two dimensions seemed so much easier than translating the idea into a three-D deck. Simply lack of experience.

If you are interested in the blow-by-blow for the deck, earlier blog entries provide more info than you'd probably care to know.

Let's say that I learned to bunch about what does not work so well and what not to do on my next build.

Can't wait to get her in the water!

Chris

RE: Night Heron ready to take flight

WOW!!!  That is a piece of art. That is something to be truly proud of.

I just placed an order today for my first build. I'm quite sure mine will be nothing

like yours but hopefully still a boat I can be proud of.

RE: Night Heron ready to take flight

Thanks! Have fun with your build.

I took John Harris' excellent advice and simply did not track my time as I was initially doing.

While a wonderful boat that you made yourself will be the outcome and while it will be great fun to paddle it, the process of planning the deck, building it, sweating over mistakes and finding solutions is at least as rewarding.

Which kayak are you going to build?

RE: Night Heron ready to take flight

beautiful boat! I really like the deck pattern!  Dave

RE: Night Heron ready to take flight

Top Notch! Inspiring - I'm soon to start mine. 

RE: Night Heron ready to take flight

Great looking boat! Would you mind replying to my post regarding hatches?

Funny thing that my name is also Chris!

Again, your boat is awesome!

Thanks Chris F

RE: Night Heron ready to take flight

http://www.clcboats.com/forum/clcforum/thread/19584.html

Here is the link to my post about hatches!

Thanks,

Chris F

RE: Night Heron ready to take flight

Grand! I notice that you oped for a laid-up plywood cockpit coaming. I'm planning to build a full-strip Night heron next winter, and I wonder if I could do it that way, instead of rising the coaming with lots of little cedar pieces, as usually shown. Did the spacers & lip come as part of your Hybrid kit?

RE: Night Heron ready to take flight

Yes, the Hybrid Kit came with the cockpit coaming as shown.

I followed Joey Schott's suggestion and glued up the coaming pieces on the cockpit but initially not TO the cockpit. That allowed me to remove the coaming and top lip (before permanently gluing it in place) and sand the otherwise hard to access outside much more easily.

There is a link to his blog on my blog. Joey explains and documents the process very well.

Cheers, Chris H

http://cmharlan.blogspot.com

RE: Night Heron ready to take flight

Great looking boat. I was following the build, but I realise not closely enough as I missed your coaming preassembly trick!

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