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Modified Golden Eye or expensive firewood.

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:12 pm
by A ship of Phil's
I have taken the leap and have started building a modified Golden Eye Glass Ply Composite kayak. As smart way of saying a homemade glass ply kayak.
I am impressed with the Stealth kayaks, their central hatch and rod/fish pod, but I was disappointed by their weight, and the lack of some of the other fishing kayak features we have in NZ.
I have currently paddle a RTM Tempo, 4.5m * 68cm wide, and also paddle a RTM Disco and just love how it cuts through the water, but it can be a bit small for serious offshore fishing.
I also have worked out that you spend most of your time paddling upwind, so I wanted something that would do that really well.

So my wish list became
Light weight
easy to paddle
stable enough to fish from
fast - or at least faster than my brothers new Profish 440.
Stealth style fish/Rod Pod (foamed lined)
Central Storage Console
Lots of Rod Holders
Fish finder
Unique.

I ended up choosing the Pygmy Golden Eye design, but decide to modify it by increasing the beam up to 71cm to increase stability for the sit on top/fishing requirement.
I did stepped the additional 4 inches beam (2 inches on each side) evenly from the ends (zero increase) to the mid station (2 inches increase)
As the Golden Eye design is a multi chined design, I needed to adjust all the panels.
I adjusted the base panel by 2 inches
The second panel was adjusted 1.5 inches,
Third by 1 inch,
side panels by 0.5 inches.
These different adjustments were to take into account the increasing vertical component of the panels.
I then converted all the measurements into metric, as I just couldn't work in inches.

The great news is the panels all fitted together and the glass is just hardening on the outside of the hull as I write this.
Will get some photos up shortly

Re: Modified Golden Eye or expensive firewood.

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:45 pm
by kpofisha
Good luck with the build. I will be watching this with interest.

Re: Modified Golden Eye or expensive firewood.

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:58 pm
by YakFisho Snapps
Very interesting Mr Ship :lol: .. So you know the Stealths and RTM'S very well.. I wish you luck on your build and will be following your build with interest bring on the pictures :y:....

Re: Modified Golden Eye or expensive firewood.

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:06 pm
by glint
I like the look of the design and would be very keen to see some pictures of the build. :y:
Good to see diy is alive and well. :y: There is too much plastic in the ocean already. :n:

Re: Modified Golden Eye or expensive firewood.

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:21 pm
by nzimp
sounds mint.

Re: Modified Golden Eye or expensive firewood.

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:39 pm
by Gilly
Great, can't wait to see the photo's :)

Re: Modified Golden Eye or expensive firewood.

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:53 am
by A ship of Phil's
A picture of the first stages of wiring the panels together.

Re: Modified Golden Eye or expensive firewood.

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:33 am
by nzimp
Looking very nice. I keep thinking htis would be a good project for me and my young boys in the future. Great to follow all the guys that are actually doing it on here.

Re: Modified Golden Eye or expensive firewood.

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:03 pm
by A ship of Phil's
All wired, together, glued and now glassed on the outside.
After watching all the different you tube videos, and reading the manuals from Pygmy and CLC, I seem to be using a range of different approaches to build this kayak.

I built the table out of a single piece of ply that came as part of the packaging for the ply I ordered.
I cut the sheet in haft and ended up with 2 2400*600 sheets of 10mm ply
I then built 2 tables, and placed them side by side for the drafting and cutting of the panels.
I then placed the tables end for end, and ended up with a table 4800*600, which was been the base for building the kayak.

Butt joins for the panels. I discovered I hadn't fully smoothed or rounded the drafting lines for the mid station, which is where the 2 panels are joined. I discovered I had a sharp kink in the panel sides at this point, which I had the smooth out before joining.

I drilled all my holes before joining any of the panels, and this made life easy.

I used 200gm glass, with extra 75mm tape over the central join, and extra layers at the bow and stern.
Not bad for 2 weekends of work.
I try to get the small things done during the week, so I have the weekends available for the big things.

Re: Modified Golden Eye or expensive firewood.

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:05 pm
by A ship of Phil's
The best new toy I bought for this project was the workshop vacuum cleaner ($99). Fantastic for sucking up the dust, etc.
It really helps to keep everything clean.

Re: Modified Golden Eye or expensive firewood.

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:04 pm
by kpofisha
:clap: :clap: :clap:
I'm enjoying the show ... keep it coming

Re: Modified Golden Eye or expensive firewood.

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:12 pm
by Big k
nice work mate you have talent that baby looks goood keep the posts coming :envy: :envy:

Re: Modified Golden Eye or expensive firewood.

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:00 pm
by Gilly
Yes good work and progress keep posting the pics it' good to see how others are doing their work.

Re: Modified Golden Eye or expensive firewood.

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:50 am
by A ship of Phil's
Work has been slowed due to the arrival of 2 Guinea Pigs, who required a home built, a cabinet needed at work, and now I need to fix the rudders from my Tornado Catamaran. Plus I've been told the family is going to Auckland this weekend.

I have got the inside seal coat on, and will be glassing it next.
Following that, I need to design and built the insulated central pod, for storage, fish and rods. Followed by the seat and rear deck.
This part is without plans, so will be a bit slower, but will keep the photos coming.

Re: Modified Golden Eye or expensive firewood.

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:55 pm
by A ship of Phil's
The Guinea Pig Hutch suddenly took priority over everything as Bilbo and Frodo arrived on very short notice. All they seem to do is eat, sleep and shit, but the kids like them.

My other project was a couple of Carbon Rudder tiller bars for my Tornado Catamaran. Very different working with Carbon and foam, but a interesting little project. A friend of my is modifying a 10m yacht, and luckily had some offcuts of carbon, about $30 worth in the photo.

Hopefully will get some work done this weekend, but I have the Tauranga Boat Show, so will be busy there.

Re: Modified Golden Eye or expensive firewood.

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:05 pm
by nzimp
Bilbo and Frodo would have made a good snack while you finished the yak. :devil:
You could have told the kids your public is waiting to see the outcome of your build.

Re: Modified Golden Eye or expensive firewood.

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:33 am
by A ship of Phil's
If Fredo and Bilbo turn out not to be 2 boys, then baby Guinea pigs should make good snapper bait. :devil:

Re: Modified Golden Eye or expensive firewood.

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:21 pm
by Bigred
A ship of Phil's wrote:If Fredo and Bilbo turn out not to be 2 boys, then baby Guinea pigs should make good snapper bait. :devil:
Nah, I tried a baby chicken once - didn't work :tmi:

Re: Modified Golden Eye or expensive firewood.

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:29 am
by A ship of Phil's
Finally got back onto the Kayak last night. Sanding the inside of the hull, prior to glassing.
I brought a very cheap mouse sander, and cut the sides off the base plate so it would fit into the chimes. Works well.

Tauranga Boat Show this weekend, so won't get much work done this weekend.

Re: Modified Golden Eye or expensive firewood.

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:26 am
by Gilly
Bigred wrote:
A ship of Phil's wrote:If Fredo and Bilbo turn out not to be 2 boys, then baby Guinea pigs should make good snapper bait. :devil:
Nah, I tried a baby chicken once - didn't work :tmi:
Can also confirm that venison doesn't work, mate tried it after hunting once and didn't get a single bite.