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  •  Sawfish, an Unsinkable, Lightweight, Foam Kayak (23 Lbs). Free DIY Kayak Plans, the Hardware Store Boat

    Hi 48224 - here's what I can tell you; I've seen all the vids on "Battleyak". Some things I like...some I don't but those are personal preferences. It is well executed. I think a luan floor is a great idea for rigidity, especially if you, like myself, are using open-cell foam. My yak is under construction as we speak and overall dimensions are 13' at 33" wide - laid out in a more traditional SOT fishing kayak. Front and rear compartment floors will have luan glued in and cockpit floor will be 7/16 OSB - most of the weight / sitting...standing. Littlle likelihood of flexing and breaking the glue bond. Willing to sacrifice more weight for integrity. Should still weigh at least 20 lbs. less than anything commercial in its class.

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  •  Sawfish, an unsinkable, lightweight, foam kayak (23 lbs). Free DIY kayak plans, the hardware store boat

    Thank you again for all the feedback and input. This will have to be left open ended for now as I haven't yet done any proofing / testing. The paper mache will be done with waterproof glue. I will be testing the strength of 1-2-3 and more layers if needed. Just for my own knowledge and experience if nothing else.This would then be sanded, primed and a coat or two of latex paint applied. I do know polyurethane and likely varithane can be applied over latex; more options to test.No epic adventures - my intention is something something somewhat and very stable; not so much concerned about speed or weight. Small waters on mild days fishing for bass and crappie, a few hours at a time at tops. Likely 4-6 times per year. I do want something that will last though. I think the most intriguing th...see more »Thank you again for all the feedback and input. This will have to be left open ended for now as I haven't yet done any proofing / testing. The paper mache will be done with waterproof glue. I will be testing the strength of 1-2-3 and more layers if needed. Just for my own knowledge and experience if nothing else.This would then be sanded, primed and a coat or two of latex paint applied. I do know polyurethane and likely varithane can be applied over latex; more options to test.No epic adventures - my intention is something something somewhat and very stable; not so much concerned about speed or weight. Small waters on mild days fishing for bass and crappie, a few hours at a time at tops. Likely 4-6 times per year. I do want something that will last though. I think the most intriguing thing though is making it myself!

    Thank you - was thinking of luan or similar; something very light. Knowing polystyrene doesn't have the same integrity as expanded foam, thought this may be a solution. Gladly omit it if it isn't needed.

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  •  Sawfish, an unsinkable, lightweight, foam kayak (23 lbs). Free DIY kayak plans, the hardware store boat

    First off, thank you for this kayak and all the info and details; much appreciated. Where I live (Cali) I only have access to the expanded polystyrene but I can get it in 2" thick sheets. I'm wanting to build a kayak that closely imitates Bass Pro's Ascend 128T model. To add rigidity, I plan on adding a thin sheet of plywood or similar between the two bottom sheets. Also thinking of making a ply "drop-in" cockpit. This would allow me adjustable seat heights and foot braces.A concern is the "skin". I'm actually considering a shell made of paper mache consisting of wood glue and heavy paper - the brown wrapping paper. I do plan to make a smaller scale model to test some of these theories.I would really appreciate and input, suggestions, and feedback prior. Thanks ...see more »First off, thank you for this kayak and all the info and details; much appreciated. Where I live (Cali) I only have access to the expanded polystyrene but I can get it in 2" thick sheets. I'm wanting to build a kayak that closely imitates Bass Pro's Ascend 128T model. To add rigidity, I plan on adding a thin sheet of plywood or similar between the two bottom sheets. Also thinking of making a ply "drop-in" cockpit. This would allow me adjustable seat heights and foot braces.A concern is the "skin". I'm actually considering a shell made of paper mache consisting of wood glue and heavy paper - the brown wrapping paper. I do plan to make a smaller scale model to test some of these theories.I would really appreciate and input, suggestions, and feedback prior. Thanks much!!!

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