Barbie's Kayak

What better activity between paddling and building kayaks than to build a model boat?  Or so I thought.   It was a lot of work to build, so I probably won't build another model for a long time.  Nevertheless, it turned out well enough for me to be proud.

The model I built was loosely based on a shortened Redfish Spring Run.  It's just a toy. 

Here are some photos.  Click any photo to view a larger image.  

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Length: 28 inches
Width: 4 inches
Weight:  9 ounces

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The light color wood is Western Red Cedar.  The darker wood is also Western Red Cedar.  There is a dark trim of Peruvian Walnut. 

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Foam seat, Greenley style.   

The strips were flat-edged. Some were cut with bevels of 10 degrees on one or both edges so they would fit tightly.

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Four ounce glass over the outside.  The inside is sealed with two coats of epoxy to make it bathtub-ready. 

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Kayaking Barbie.

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The coaming rim was made from thin strips of cedar curled around few times.

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Maiden launch in the backyard goldfish pond. 

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Another shot. 
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We tried the boat in the surf at Galveston.  

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Barbie handled the surf well. 

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The boat isn't easy to roll, but we'll work on that.

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It's also a chick magnet.

Page 2:  How I Build Model Kayaks

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Thank you for allowing me to share these photos with you.   

Sincerely, John Caldeira

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Created October 13, 2003