This will be my first model build log but not my first build. To be honest I shy away from build logs because my photography skills are sadly lacking and usually I just get on and make the boats and I've made a few - some kits and a couple of scratch builds. Scratch building is to me much more enjoyable - being able to produce the 3 dimensional object from a pile of numbers and lines is very satisfying. I'm currently building 2 boats, a Whitehall tender from the plans that came with a Midwest kit and were given to me by an acquaintance and an Artesania Latina Bluenose which is reinforcing my dislike of kits.
So what is this Ganymede Kayak all about then? It's not a long story but it's a story nonetheless. A couple of years ago I made a 15ft Chesapeake Light Craft (CLC) Skerry. I'd had the plans for over a year and the previous winter I'd made excuses to not get started on the full size boat but I did make a 1:10 scale model of the boat which I gave to the local school PTA to be raffled off. Here's both the scale and full size boats.
Earlier this year I made another CLC boat, a Chesapeake 17 LT kayak - another gratuitous photograph and there may appear a scale model of it this winter.
While I was looking on the internet for kayak plans (I'd pretty much made up my mind that the 17 LT was going to be the one) I came across some free plans for this 13', simple to build, stitch and glue Ganymede kayak on the Guillemot Kayaks site. Now, Nick Schade of Guillemot Kayaks designs and builds some beautiful strip plank kayaks so if he has designed this little boat it'll be nice. The full size boat looks like this.
I downloaded the 2 A4 pages (it's a .pdf file) and promptly forgot about it.
A few weeks ago a member of the school's PTA asked me if I'd be able to help out at an after school club. Our local village school has a very active headmaster and had just been given a fairly substantial sum of money to help things along but the donor wanted the money spent primarily to help the children learn English and maybe some other things but as a club, not extra lessons. When I asked what they might want me to do she said "Help the children build a model boat of course!". I agreed, but what boat? The children are under 11 so it needs to be simple, few parts and doable in a few weeks. I had a look at what I had on the computer and lying in a dusty corner was Ganymede - 6 pieces of plywood, some copper wire and some epoxy.
Will it work at scale? If you follow along we'll find out together.
The free plans are, as mentioned earlier 2 pages of A4 paper and Nick had very kindly given all of the measurements in both feet and inches (he's an American but I won't hold that against him ) and centimetres so the first thing was to transfer all of those measurements - the table of offsets, onto my ageing 2002 AutoCad LT. I set the Cad measurements to millimetres and then used Nicks centimetre offsets as they were - an instant 1:10 scale drawing. I've asked Guillemot Kayaks if it'll be OK to use the free plans for this project but haven't yet had a reply. Here's a screen print of the side panels on AutoCad.
I've got some 1.2mm thick plywood in stock so the intention and the subject of this build log is to do a trial run with that but I'll probably use 0.8mm ply for the childrens' boats as it'll be easier to cut (decent scissors will do it). I was in Marmaris today and I got the .dxf AutoCad plans printed out, just 2 copies and picked up some thin copper wire for stitching the panels together and in the next day or so I'll start cutting plywood. This shouldn't be a long build but as it's very much a prototype, later on there'll hopefully be some pictures of boats made by 8 - 10 year old Turkish kids in probably their first attempt at model boat building.