| Mackenzie Delta
The is a replica of a Mackenzie Delta Kayak that I built
several years ago. It is
very tender and probably needs to be paddled with ballast in it.
The round hull
shape made it feel unstable at all times.
The finished kayak on launch day.
The finished gunnels with the forward cockpit deck beam in
One of the "Horns" during it's construction. I glued up a number
of pieces of cedar
to get the basic shape and cut and carved it to fit.
The gunnels with half of the deck beams in place. I replicated
the mortise and
tenon of the original.
The tenon detail in the gunnels.
The stern horn in place with the very unusual stringers being
installed. The stringers
were about an eighth inch thick and about three inches wide. In
the original, they
were pliable enough to follow the round rib contour creating a
continuous round hulll
This is a good view of the finished hull. The stringers slowly
bent and formed to the
rib contours after they were covered, but it took a while.
A view of the finished hull without the cockpit in place.
Another view of the finished hull.
The kayak is now covered with the cockpit in place ready to be
The detail of the finished cockpit before varnishing.