Friday, July 15, 2011
We have just finished building the first Solander in Carbon/Kevlar and it came out almost 2.5 pounds lighter than our normal Kevlar Solander. The weight of the finished boat was 39.4 pounds. For those requiring an even lighter boat there is the possibility of saving some more weight with a lighter seat, footrests and rudder without compromising boat strength. The weights in our catalogue are now a little heavier than the actual boat weights. Mostly we are 2-4 pounds lighter. We have achieved this by carefully refining how we layup and assemble our kayaks.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Now feed the rope around the black disk and out through the hole in the back of the rudder block.
Run end of rope back through the opposite tubing, exiting back onto the deck.
Rudder loops configuration (WHILE RUDDER BLADE IS UP) should look like this for newer boats, but note will be the opposite for older models.
Tie off around washer using any knot to stop the rope from slipping as close to the exit tubing as possible.