It is a fun little flatwater rec boat that turns on a dime and would be cheap and easy to build. Resources from a dad's perspective for parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, and scout leaders.
July 2, 2013Here is a great project that can be done in a single weekend (but will probably take two).  It will cost way less than buying one, and the cost per kayak goes down if you make two at once. Be sure you can get to the top and bottom of the kayak when it comes time to apply the canvas.  I used an old door on my table to give some space underneath the kayak.
Try to stretch the canvas out from the middle to prevent as much wrinkling as possible.  This video is very helpful.
If the cement is still just a little tacky (very close to almost dry) you will be able to work out most of the wrinkles. Notice the kayak has been flipped upside-down.  You will need to mark with a pencil where the glue goes. To do the other half of the bottom, I put plastic under the canvas as I coated it with cement.


Then we glued the inside strips in place.  Be sure they are centered on the hole locations.
We flipped the kayak over and drilled back through the pilot hole to match it in the strip. Put the T-nuts in place and screw the runners on.   Then use the countersink to add screw holes near the end of the runners (BE CAREFUL not to drill through the top or the canvas!).
When you are done, the PVC will b glued in place, and each piece will have 4 screws holding it on (2 in T-nuts and 2 in nylon stop nuts). Be sure you are done working on the inside at this point, because when you glue the top half, it is hard to get in to access the fasteners at the ends. Notice that both sets of runners (top and bottom) make a sandwich with interior and exterior parts.
You can see the tow strips in this photo below.  They are useful not only as a place to attach a tow rope or handle, but also as a way to cover any wrinkles that may have been captured in the end or top canvas. Here are some other versions of the kayak out on the interwebs.  We borrowed ideas from most of these.


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Economical Kayak & Gear storage rack that pivots out of your way when not holding your kayak! This material is durable, flexible, and has no internal voids, and it is made with exterior glue.
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