Most of my computations, receipts, notes and drawings for this project have been kept in this notebook.
In it is my rough sketch of a long, light and sturdy boat hook. The hook is a scrap of hard oak and the shaft is of glued cedar. At just over 8' it should store well in the boat and float handle end up if dropped overboard. We'll see about that.
I had thought about lashing the parts, but dowelled things instead. I gave it a flat blunt nose for more pushing off surface. Some progress pics:
|Rough cut with jig saw.|
|tapered with jack plane and belt sander|
|Finessing with files.|
|Rough cut for scarf.|
|Joined, dowelled and coated with "soup".|
The kayak paddles I've put it on have worn very well. It also won't give you blisters like varnish can. Easy to apply, it simply wipes on and buffs off after 20-30 minutes. These pictures show it wet, but after a few coats there is a nice satin sheen developed.
Well, back to the long epoxy parts.