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The California 100 Video

What a great race and group of people! I will be back next year!

Thank you to Tom Gomes and Cebolla Mendez for sharing your images!

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Second Training Run on Pudingstone Res

Second Training Run on Pudingstone Res

This is the second run I was able to do on Pudingstone Res. Managed to do 7.8 miles at 4.7 mph. Much smother than Newport. Training for the California 100 River race on the Sacramento river. https://youtu.be/-7ZQTMxxiqw

Attaching the Coaming to Skin On Frame Kayak

Attaching the Coaming to Skin On Frame Kayak

Here I am attaching the cockpit coaming to the skin on frame kayak. I do not show the process of using a socket wrench to drive the screws from underneath. https://youtu.be/ALyEPwfjvnE

Footrests

Footrests

Adding the footrests to Whiplash. Thank you, Splinter, for your brave sacrifice and dedication to the cause. Who knows, maybe someday you will have a new skin. If you have not yet donated to the cause it is not too late. Check the goal on the right and get to it.

Spoiler Alert: Whiplash is Done!

Spoiler Alert: Whiplash is Done!

So, I still have several videos to make, but I could not wait to post the pictures of how Whiplash looks today. If you want to wait till you see the rest of the videos then you should have already left. It will be about 2 weeks before the videos are done since I am...

Last Framing Step. Setting the Bow Board!

Last Framing Step. Setting the Bow Board!

Almost done with the frame as I install the bow board along with the gunwales, stringers and keelson. This is the kayak I will use in the California 100 river race on the Sacramento river on June 11.

Lashing The Frames

Lashing The Frames

Lashing the frames is such fun. Again and again. I think there are 59 lashing points on Whiplash. They are what holds the boat together. The artificial sinew has a 75 pound break strength which I found out when it broke into my lip. So cool, too bad it was off camera....

Setting Frames and Stringers for Whiplash.

Setting Frames and Stringers for Whiplash.

Now you get to see how cool it is to set the rest of the frames in place and add the stringers. Looks like a kayak more and more every day, or so. Hey, this is a fundraiser! Hit the button over on the right and throw a few bucks at it!

Mounting The First 4 Frames

Mounting The First 4 Frames

Here I am mounting the first 4 frames onto the brackets. I have been leveling everything as I go through each step but this is the first place where it truly matters. Featuring cameo by Corina. This is the kayak I will be using in the California 100 river race on the...

Building the Strongback and Brackets.

Building the Strongback and Brackets.

I set up the strongback and built and placed the brackets for the kayak. You don't get to actually see the making of the strongback and the stands since I was lazy that day. Breaking News! The kayak is now called Whiplash. Calling it the CA100 is confusing with the...

Cutting the Frames

Cutting the Frames

Time to cut the frames out for the CA100 skin on frame kayak. This is a little nerve racking for me as it brings me much closer to seeing the shape of the kayak. https://youtu.be/19c51JMS3Cw

Drawing The Templates for Skin On Frame Kayak CA100.

Drawing The Templates for Skin On Frame Kayak CA100.

Here I am showing the process of drawing out the templates for the CA100. I am using the points I got from laying out the curves in the other video to set the corners for the kayak's shape.   https://youtu.be/cJVQHdhLYpw

Making the Stringer Scarf Joints For CA100.

Making the Stringer Scarf Joints For CA100.

Here is the video of me making the scarf joints for the stringers, gunwales, and keel for the skin on frame kayak I am making for the California 100 river race on June 11, 2016. Here I also test out Titebond 3 waterproof wood glue. https://youtu.be/5hrpUBdCi7A

Laying Out The Lines For The CA100.

Laying Out The Lines For The CA100.

So, here we are laying out the lines for the CA100. This is the kayak I will use in the California 100 river race put on by Rivers For Change. After this the next step is to layout the points and cut the frames.   https://youtu.be/uG9h4kQNzdc  

Water Light Kayaks

Water Light Kayaks

Welcome to Water Light Kayaks. This is my new venture that is frankly, innitially spawned out of my desire to document my preparations for participating in the California 100 race on the Sacramento River. I build and maintain websites for a living (as NCM Marketing...

100 Miles In 1 Day? Oh Yeah!

100 Miles In 1 Day? Oh Yeah!

I'm doing what? I haven't done a physical challenge in a while that I was intimidated by or made me wonder if I could actually complete it. So, just watch the video, I hate typing.   https://youtu.be/GpJHzKDOpEo