How to Build a Kevlar Canoe

Thwart and Yoke Installation

The bow and stern thwarts are cut to the angle of the gunwale, and then screwed in place (from the outside gunwale into the dowel).  In this installation, the dowels were turned from cherry wood and oiled.

The yoke was cut from a 1X6 plank of cherry stock.  It was thoroughly sanded and oiled prior to cutting to size.  The cuts were made at the same angle as the sides of the canoe (about 10, for this canoe).


To assure proper placement of the holes, a jig was made with a pilot hole in the jig.  Once the hole is started through the outer gunwale, the jig is removed and the hole completed through the yoke.  The heads of the 3 #8 stainless steel bolts are countersunk into the outer gunwale.

Note the small wedge used to provide a flat, parallel bolting surface underneath the yoke.


Now, all we have to do is add the pads (just like the book says)




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