Rebuilding the rim, and some neat accoutrements
After using Puisinniaq for a season, I was unhappy with the cockpit rim. For one, I had installed it slightly off center, so the whole thing was askew. Also, it was not wide enough to hold my sprayskirt on. There was no option but to saw the whole thing off, and start again. Fortunately, I had a four-foot by four-foot section of marine plywood left over from building the hatch decks, which was just large enough to build the new rim. I suppose I should have been classy and steam-bent the rim, but hey, it was almost paddling season again!
Instead of the bronze wood screws, I decided to glue down the new rim with a Resorcinol glue. Harder to work with than epoxy, but I have had good luck with it in the past. Boat-builders prefer it for many uses compared to epoxy. But it requires a lot of pressure.
"Resorcinol glue, also known as resorcinol-formaldahyde, is an adhesive combination of resin and hardener that withstands long-term water immersion and has high resistance to ultraviolet light. The adhesive, introduced in 1943, has been popular in aircraft and boat construction.
Until the invention of epoxy resin, resorcinol was one of the most common marine glues. Unlike epoxy, it does not have gap filling properties, requiring joints to be close fitting and clamped under pressure to achieve good results."
You can see the clamping required. The stuff does rather reek of formaldehyde.
With the new cockpit rim finished, I was still in a creative mood. At the end of the 2015 season, I put a bunch of antler beads I had carved onto the deck bungies, to add a little authenticity to my skin-on-frame. Unfortunately, the critters ate all the beads over the winter. So I found a source of faux ivory and redid my deck lines with beads and line tighteners made of the stuff. I still need to make the beads for the line closest to the front of the cockpit. I am using some wood ones, temporarily. I also made a couple of new paddles, and a harpoon. Every kayaker needs a harpoon. I made the harpoon based on photos I found on the internet. Then I found Skinboats of Greenland by H.C Pedersen, which gives a lot of useful info. My first attempt was not bad, but I want to do another one.
The harpoon head
I carved two of the line tighteners into seal effigies.
The new paddles are made of several different types of wood. The "whale bone" edges on the blades of the paddle on the left are actually Corian.
The final (?) touch was to cover the hatches with canvas and paint them. The bow hatch image is copied from a painting covering the bow of an Aleut warriors's kayak stored in the rafters of Harvard's Peabody museum for many years, discovered by tribal elders searching for sacred items in the collection, and restored about 2011. The painting on the stern hatch copies the "only ancient wooden mask" from West Greenland.