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I've been paddling the boat for more than a year now. No problems with leaks yet.I won't try to say latex paint is the best coating, but it is cheap, easy to use and adequate. If it starts leaking apply more paint. A 2-part urethane such as Corey's Goop https://shop.skinboats.com/2-Part-Urethane-Coating... is undoubtably more durable, but expensive and tricky to apply.
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Thank you. I hope you find it useful.
Thank you. It was a fun project. Most of my boat building projects take much longer. This was fun because it was quick and easy. I really like the results as well.
I'm glad you like it. Thanks.
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you should be able to slide the deck backwards slightly so the angle on the hull lines up with the joint in the deck
It looks like you might need to spread the hull a bit. Placing a stick inside to hold it a bit wider while you do the taping can help.
Nice!You want the stitch holes every 6" [150mm] or so. You can start from the bow, and work back on each part, with the holes about 1/2" [10mm] from the edge and even increments between each.I hope this helps, Nick
From the looks of you pictures, I would use a sharp knife (like a box cutter) to cut the edges of the holes and larger wrinkles. Then use 80 grit sandpaper wrapped around a wood block to soften the edges. You should then be able to place a patch over the holes.
if you just have a couple small bridges here-and-there, it isn't a big deal. If they are large and/or wide-spread the best thing would be to sand them out and lay a new patch of glass over those spots.To keep the sanding to a minimum you could sand enough to open up the bubble, fill the bubble with filleting mix and lay your patch over that. It might look a little messy but it would be effective.
I just wrote an article for the Makezine.com blog that discusses the Io childs kayak specifically, it may offer some tips for anyone interested in that boat particularly. http://makezine.com/2016/02/26/building-child-sized-kayak-single-sheet-plywood/
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