Friday, March 11, 2016

who`s building kayaks now

Right now there are 5 people building kayaks that I know of in Israel.
Itai is building a Laughing Loon Shooting Star,  a lovely looking baidarka style sea kayak. its looks like a challenging build but the end result is well worth the effort.
Izzy has just started his Petrel Play and Zohar and Rani are building a pair of Petrels. Zohar is making hers 5% smaller than normal because she is a smaller paddler and feels lost in a full size kayak.

Ari has been working on his hybrid Shearwater for a while now.

Last summer we had a wooden kayak day on the beach and this became the inspiration for a sudden burst of kayak building.  Hopefully we will have some new kayaks for the next meeting.
Oh and before I forget , there`s Yoram building a new double kayak too.. 
So that makes it 6 that I know of at present.
I will keep posting pictures as soon as I get them

Friday, January 29, 2016

December 2015 to January 2016, how time flies when you`re having fun

On a family visit to the USA, I was lucky to get a paddle on the Potomac river

My brother  (not a kayaker) has good connections and so I found myself going out with Rita and Dubside on a cold December morning

While Stuart was getting the feel of the kayak Dubside was already rolling around in the cold water

We had a great paddle with DC in the background

I also found out that the Potomac has some pretty wild whitewater

and a walk in the forest was also on the cards

back home in Israel we had lots of winter storms

when we couldn`t paddle we sat around the kayaks drinking coffee and chatting 

there were some days of fine waves for surfing

and some days of just looking at the raging sea

Sometimes  it was just for the birds

We went looking for sharks in the warm water near the electric company

On sunny days there were almost too many of us on the waves

Hugs are always welcome

and we celebrated birthdays in style

we had lots of rainbow days

and some days there were only 2 kayaks going out

Misty mornings were magical

Whenever there`s a wave we get out and surf

Nice sunny days  everybody comes out

Cold wintery days and we have fewer  kayaks

It`s always great to go out in the guillemot fast double

and a demo of how to relieve yourself without getting wet

It`s the season of the birds

You need to be quite flexible in a double.
And so January  comes to an end, How lucky we are to be able to paddle all year round, to have such a beautiful environment and to enjoy the ever changing conditions. Now that`s a good way to  start the new year. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Paddling in dangerous weather

The storm was approaching and in the distance there were bolts of lightening. We knew it was just a matter of time before we would be in  the middle of it all. We also knew that it was not a good idea to go paddling.
On the other hand it was a great photo opportunity, so we decided to go for it, just for the pictures

To capture a lightening bolt is not so simple but today with all the modern computer programs and action cameras its quite simple to take a video and then extract the frame you like as a still photo

If I saw this  coming I would not go out for a long paddle, that's just looking for trouble
But a few minutes on the water allows Eytan to get some great photos in a dramatic environment

With the black clouds the colours seem much brighter
even black and white  looks better in this light

more lightening

Wasn't there a pillar of light by night somewhere in our past

and so we spent a few short minutes on the water and then went back to the safety of the club to drink our morning  coffee ..
Sometimes you have to make a special effort to get  a great photo

Friday, November 13, 2015

go on, you can build a kayak

first you get your plans and transfer them to your marine plywood
next you cut out all the bits and pieces

 and join up the long parts

stitch the hull together

use the forms as instructed

and before you know it  you have the beginning of a kayak

kitchen tricks help with the epoxy

the inside seams are strengthened

and then fiber or carbon is layered on the inside of the hull

inside of hull is glassed up

now turn over for the outside

if you want to paint the wood this is a good time

it helps to read the manual from time to time

fiberglass and epoxy on the outside of the hull next

as the cloth absorbs the epoxy the color shines through

almost done

the excess epoxy is scraped off

now work on the deck can begin

it helps to have a nice long work surface

stitching the deck

superglue holds the pieces together while the stitches are removed

thickened epoxy in the inside seams

fiberglass comes next

then epoxy

yes, we have a kayak

almost ready

lets go to the beach already

wow, its great

carrying holds  with a no knocking effect.