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Old 07-13-2013, 05:08 PM   #1
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I am thinking about starting this project:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Maki...d-Kayak/#step1
and I was wondering if anybody knew where I could get some 4mm Marine grade plywood or something suitable as a substitute.

If anybody has an hints and tips for me, those would be welcome as well as I have never built a boat or any other floating object for that matter.

Thanks for the help in advance.
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Meredith Lumber has marine plywood
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I am thinking about starting this project:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Maki...d-Kayak/#step1
and I was wondering if anybody knew where I could get some 4mm Marine grade plywood or something suitable as a substitute.

If anybody has an hints and tips for me, those would be welcome as well as I have never built a boat or any other floating object for that matter.

Thanks for the help in advance.

Go to these two web sites for more information Yak building than you can adsorb in one sitting.
Not to mention some sweet yaks & Pirogues.

http://www.southernpaddler.com/

http://www.jemwatercraft.com/forum/
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I didn't read the article, but it looks to be made of 1/4 okoume. I hear there is a Lumber yard in Blountstown that carries it. I have made Pirogues in the same stitch and glue manner that this thing is built. I have always just used 1/4 inch Luan plywood from your local Lowes Depot. About $10 a sheet. The water resistance of the wood does not really matter as long as you totally encase it in fiberglass and resin. I suggest US Composites for that. Some 6oz cloth and 1 gallon of resin should do you for this project. I would Definitely go with Epoxy resin over Polyester. Epoxy costs about twice as much but is WAY easier to use, not as messy, much less fumes. Polyester resin gets tricky to mix for the beginner. Hotter temps make it set up faster, humidity makes it cure "sticky" and it dries with a paraffin film that needs to be sanded off before painting. Polyester also soaks up some water, that over the years ends up rotting your wood.
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Hope you post pics of the Build as you go.....
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:47 AM   #6
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4mm is some thin stuff. Meridith will not stock it.

They Stock.......... 3/8,1/2 & 3/4 all A-B Fir Marine.
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Here's another source for you

http://www.clcboats.com

There is also a book "Building The Six-Hour Canoe" really simple little boat, looks more like a pirogue than a canoe to me. It isn't a 'yak but gets one in the boat building game without breaking the bank and doesn't require the same skill level.

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I appreciate all the responses. Most of those websites i have seen already but thanks anyway.

I have read Fir is a harder wood to work with, is that true?

Does thickness matter? Whats too big or too small in that regard?

I have read the argument of plywood nowadays being Waterproof or resistant or whatever and I have read what makes the two of them (Marine vice MSB) different. Does it really make that much of a difference as long as one takes caution selecting their wood (pitting, spacing, wood type)?

And once I start this I will definitely be posting pictures. Just gotta build the wife her entertainment center first. :/
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I am thinking about starting this project:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Maki...d-Kayak/#step1
and I was wondering if anybody knew where I could get some 4mm Marine grade plywood or something suitable as a substitute.

If anybody has an hints and tips for me, those would be welcome as well as I have never built a boat or any other floating object for that matter.

Thanks for the help in advance.
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www.bateau.com

I have built a boat from here. Wonderful help and support.
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