Brand New Old Kayak
April 25, 2007
I made a visit to see Ricardo's Greenland kayak in progress at the Bates Boatbuilding program. He took the lines from one of the drawings in Harvey Golden's book, increased the beam a little and raised the masik for a comfortable fit. He had just finished dyeing the nylon and was waiting for it to dry so he could apply the polyurethane. When I first saw the kayak my first impression was that it already looked like a museum piece, a little rough around the edges. The rope cockpit rim really makes it look authentic, and he managed to get a deep brown color using multiple coats of dye. I gave him a hand suspending it from the ceiling in the painting room to prepare it for spraying on the two-part polyurethane. Isn't he lucky to have all this space and specialized equipment at his disposal? Well he was, anyway, until the college authorities found out that he had already built several boats under the radar while being a "volunteer" and not paying any tuition! I think that is why he's anxious to get this kayak done and out of there. Congrats Ricardo!