Colorado River – Kayaking – 2018

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Earlier in the year us river rats discussed floating the Yampa and the Gunnison rivers. But, as the Colorado spring remained fairly dry, and work and personal schedules made June trips difficult, it became clear that those rivers just weren’t going to work for us this year.  So, we headed back out to the Colorado River for a float through the Ruby-Horsethief Canyons section, west of Fruita, Colorado.

We arrived on a hot, August, Saturday evening, stopping for dinner at El Tapatio restaurant just off of I-70 at Exit 19. This is very convenient as it is right across the road from James M. Robb State Park which is where most of us were camping for Continue reading

Add a Woodstrip Deck to a Kayak

Today someone asked me how I added a custom woodstrip deck made out of Western Red Cedar, to my Mill Creek 13 kayak. What follows is the process I used.

The process involves making some forms to support the deck, give it some shape and allows for a place to staple the deck in place while the wood glue dries. Once the deck is finished being built and sanded,  I remove the deck, and thus removing all of the staples, flip it over and sealed the underside with epoxy and glass. Once it’s cured I use fiberglass cloth and epoxy to glue it onto the shell.

First, create the forms. I used MDF I had around the garage left over from some cabinets I made. The forms are only temporary so use what ever you have available. I used the original templates used to shape the shearclamps to transfer the arc onto the forms, and then cut them to shape with my bandsaw (if you have a jig saw that works too. I used hot-melt glue to hold them in place in the boat shell.

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A close-up of the forms during a test-fit

I spaced the forms about 12″ apart   Continue reading

Eleven Mile – Trails, and quick trip to Brush Hollow

We were struggling with the decision of what to do yesterday. The weather forecast didn’t look promising, but we wanted to get outdoors. Go for a hike or load up the boats and go paddling. Lisa doesn’t enjoy paddling in strong winds so a hike would be okay. But, if it turned out the weather was nice when we arrived at our destination paddling would be nice, maybe even in addition to a hike.

I’ve been going to Eleven Mile State Park for years. It has a large reservoir and some relatively short hiking trails, in addition to lots of camp sites, including a backcountry camping area. Every time I’ve been there I’ve thought about hiking the trails but always end up doing something else. On Saturday,   Continue reading