The following photos show some details of my hybrid approach of doweled deck beams and traditional running lashing. Doing lashings like everything else in kayak constructions can be done in a number of different ways. Aside from the lashing patterns themselves there is also the local vs. the running lashing approach. Running lashings seem to be favored where the lashing material is rawhide. Where string was available, lashings were more likely to be tied off at each joint. Another factor in the decision of which way to go was the strength of the lashing material. Weaker string would take multiple turns at each joint which favors tying off the string. Running lashings favor a stronger binding medium like rawhide since a break of the lashing anywhere along its length would make the whole run unravel.
|A view of the lashings from below the deck beam. The lashing makes its way through the gunwales and comes back again, taking off to the right after looping around its incoming arm from the left.|
|And finally, a side view of the arrangement. Note that the deck beams sits about 3/4 of an inch below the top of the gunwale.|