DK Touring Canoe

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DK Touring Canoe

Post by Spider » Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:02 am

Hi Everyone,

I'm going on a lads and dads canoeing trip later in the year and decided I'd build a canoe as part of the challenge. I came across the DK touring canoe plans and decided to give it a go. The build so far has gone really well. For the first trip we're planning on going 3 up with number one son (11) in the bow, number two son (8) in the middle and me in the stern. Does anyone have any guide on seating positions for the DK or is this something we have to work out on the water?

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Re: DK Touring Canoe

Post by jem » Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:13 am

I usually suggest you take it for a trial run to finalize seating position. But you should have good results with installing the forward seat immediately in front of 1 frame/thwart and the other seat a couple feet aft of the aft thwart.
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Re: DK Touring Canoe

Post by riverrat » Sun Sep 06, 2009 3:24 pm

Hi Spider,

It depends on how you want to fasten your seats - I screwed seat supports through the sides, so I couldn't of have it done after a test run (after painting it). So I just sat in it and made sure there is enough space for legs and enough of width in the aft. Otherwise just between the frames... Also - you place them rather lower than higher - gives more stability...

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Re: DK Touring Canoe

Post by Spider » Mon Sep 07, 2009 4:01 am

Thanks for the tips,

I haven't been able to do much over the last week or so as I've been out of town.

I'll insert images of the project as soon as I figure out how.

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Re: DK Touring Canoe

Post by Spider » Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:16 am

I hope the images of the build to date upload OK.

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Floor Spliced

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Partially Glued

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Glued Inside

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1st Gunnel

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Both Gunnels on

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Re: DK Touring Canoe

Post by woodynfla » Tue Sep 08, 2009 6:03 am

Wow, looking good. I'll be doing this to my Freedom 13 soon...I'll be following your work for sure.
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Re: DK Touring Canoe

Post by Spider » Sun Sep 27, 2009 5:03 am

Thanks for the tips on seat positions. Despite having been away for work for several weeks in the past month I've actually managed to finish the project a month before we're due to go on our canoeing adventure.


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My 8 & 11 year old sons and I are going to go on a 4 day trip down the Glenelg River on the border of South Australia and Victoria in a months time. I'll post some trip pictures when we get back.

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Re: DK Touring Canoe

Post by Tor » Sun Sep 27, 2009 6:22 am

Hey Spider,

We paddled a DK on the Surrey river last year (just a picnic paddle).

One thing I'd suggest is a keel strip or two to aid tracking if you hit a head wind it will be a pain in the "arms". I'm not sure how big the strip needs to be but I'm sure it would help.

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Re: DK Touring Canoe

Post by Spider » Sun Sep 27, 2009 7:12 am

Thanks Tor,

I thought about adding a keel strip during the build and even put aside some timber for the job. I'll go for another paddle next weekend and see how I go.

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Re: DK Touring Canoe

Post by OnkaBob » Sun Sep 27, 2009 7:41 pm

Hi Spider,

That's a nice build - came up very well. 8)

What type of ply did you use? Looks light in colour so I'm wondering if it's hoop pine and, if so, how good it is to work with.

From the last pic it looks like you are another Adelaidean and I must admit to being jealous that you are going to do the Glenelg River as that trip is right up there on my wish list. I hope it goes well and look forward to a report in the "Out and about" section.
Cheers, Bob

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