Friday, March 27, 2009

Continuing as a SkillsUSA Project

I've diverted a little from my original intentions for this bog in that it will no longer cover news solely pertaining to my own personal PakYak, but will now encompass the SkillsUSA Engineering Design team for Terre Haute South and it's endeavors as we go throughout the process of producing five more PakYaks. There will be an opportunity down the road to purchase four of these boats if anyone is interested, from the way things are shaping up right now they're going to be a lot nicer(cleaner) looking that my original. Just incase I've got anyone's ears perked, we will more than likely be asking somewhere in the one thousand dollar range for one boat.

Now on with the news. On Monday got a call form Aker-Shorter, the upholstery business that is going to be sewing the skins, and I received some good news that she had a working mock up ready to test on my existing frame. Bellow is one of the pictures, there are more in the gallery.
From PakYak
As you may be able to tell, the skin is much tighter now. I'm very pleased with the way that this skin is turning our, already the frame is much stiffer/sturdier than before. With these new results, I've also ordered all of the proper fabric materials necessary to create a finished skin, we'll hopefully get to see how that goes down next week.

Then on Thursday Cody, Brennan, and I stayed after school to start of the frame pieces of the next five kayaks. We were able to get all of the wooden pieces at least cut and all of the 20" stringer pieces drilled, roughly 260 cut and 130 of those drilled. Once we had a jig set up for drilling it was just a matter of sticking the piece in and pulling down the lever. Bellow are the results of Thursday's work, there are more pics in the gallery too.

From PakYak
From PakYak

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