In the Fall of 2013, Quinn Connell devised an Independent Study in Kayak Design using free courseware from an MIT Naval Architecture Graduate program. Quinn was able to combine his experience as a kayaker with his studies in fluid dynamics and design his dream white water kayak. He then approached Jamestown Distributors and asked to sponsor his project in order to make his dream boat into a reality.
Check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.
With the hull and deck fully molded, I had a few key pieces to add before the boat was finished: I needed to install grab loops, cockpit coaming, pillars to reinforce the boat, and outfitting to secure the paddler.
The process of turning this boat into a reality was both mentally and physically taxing. While I could not be more pleased with the outcome, I am in no rush to go through the experience again any time soon. This was certainly a high point of my education and as I had just graduated college, there was nothing left to do but go use my new kayak.
Stay tuned for the final installation of Quinn’s project series!
Boats.com has Gary Reich walk you through the process of installing heat shrink terminals, explain what tools are necessary, and provide some helpful tips.
Luciano Valdivia’s work on this 1965 Sailstar Bristol Corinthian was as in-depth as it is gorgeous. This sailboat from Rhinecliff, New York could be the poster for Extreme Makeover-Boating Edition. Unfortunately, the photos show only a fraction of his work on this boat, christened Pas de Deux, but much more has been done. The teak cockpit flooring had to be bleached and oiled, and the chainplates were pulled and reset. All of the boat’s brightwork had to be refinished; and the entire interior was sanded and refinished as well. Pas de Deux’s interior also received new cushions, shelf installation, and rewiring. In fact, all of her hardware was reset. To replace the old, rotted combing boards, Luciano cut brand-new boards out of mahogany by using the originals as templates. The original winches were replaced with bronze Barient winches, and the old bench was refitted with new silicon bronze fasteners. To maintain Pas de Deux’s classic look, Luciano added vinyl graphics for the name and hailing port. All of Valdivia’s work has definitely paid off, however, because she looks incredible.
Some tips on the proper way to install a aluminum fuel tank in boat. Which does not include foam or fiberglass. Only Neoprene rubber, 5200 , screws, and thats it. Dont use anything that holds water like WOOD or FOAM it will cause crevice corrosion.