Deadman’S Revenge
Boat Owner
David Taylor
Designer
Nick Schade, Guillemot Kayaks, USA
Builder
David Taylor
Description

I had wanted to build a strip planked wooden kayak since 1998, and in 2009, whilst having some English Oak milled, I was given the trunk of a California Redwood. I knew nothing about this timber and had no idea what I would use it for, but decided to have it milled anyway. However, some years later, on removing a board from the rack, I found the timber was extremely lightweight, very stable and had suffered no distortion during the drying process. At that point I decided that if I ever got around to building that kayak, this would be the timber that I would use.
Following the 2017 Australian Wooden Boat Festival, I decided that the time had come to either build a kayak or forget about the idea altogether. Over the next couple of months I researched a number of designs and finally settled on a Micro Bootlegger Sport designed by Nick Schade from Guillemot Kayaks. With just a slight rake to the stem and stern, this kayak has an almost full-length waterline, giving it good speed potential. With a bit of flare and relatively high sides, it has good stability, while still being narrow enough at the waterline to minimize how much water is disturbed. It has a transitioning chine that is rounded in front and hard behind. This allows for smooth progress into waves, while providing a positive control surface while under sail and paddling down wind for capable surfing. At 18kg, the finished weight is the same as the minimum allowable for a racing surf ski competing at Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships.
On 27th April 2017, I started setting up the strongback and forms and on 18th May, I laid up the first strips.
I machined the California Redwood planks to 20mm wide x 4.5mm thick. However, the finished thickness after fairing and sanding is only around 3mm, hence the need for the finished shell to be completely covered with a layer of fibreglass. In addition to added strength the fibreglass also seals the timber, thus preventing rot. The boat was then finished with four coats of marine varnish. I made the rudder from carbon Fibre and fibreglass.
On 19th January 2018, at last, the boat was finally launched.
I would like to acknowledge the help and guidance that I received from Graeme Cooksey who has built a number of strip plank kayaks. Graeme’s expertise was invaluable, particularly in the early stages of the boat’s construction.

LOD feet
15
Hull Timber
California Redwood
Type of Boat
Sea Kayak
State
Tasmania
Built
2017
Location
PW1
Category