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There are several reasons to build a kayak. Maybe you are a wood worker who wants to try a project completely different from furniture, or possibly you are an experienced kayaker who wants a unique, high performance boat, or it could be you are a novice woodworker and kayaker, but you want to gain experience in both. Whatever your reason, you will find building a sea kayak to be unlike anything you have done before. If you are used to building chairs, think of a chair in which you can cross an ocean. If you are used to roto-molded plastic or fiberglass kayaks, imagine gleaming varnish and wood cutting through the water ahead of you in a rugged boat that is lighter than most boats you have previously paddled. If you are a rank-beginner, you can enjoy the satisfaction of creating your own introduction to kayaking.
My book starts with background information about how design affects performance, choosing materials, and selecting tools. Then it comprehensively covers building a boat from setting up shop, through creating forms, working the wood, fiberglassing and varnishing. Instructions for fitting out the finished kayak, making a wooden paddle complete the project. Along the way you will learn how to raise the boat above a simple way to get on the water to a stunning work of art.
Over 200 illustrations showing every step of the building processes make it feel like you are watching over my shoulder as I build a boat. I hope you can virtually build a boat by looking at just the drawings and photographs. The text is comprehensive enough that you should be able to build the boat without looking at the figures. The combination of the two will make the project very clear.
I came to design and build my own kayaks because I wanted the best performing boats available and decided I could make something better than I could buy. With the help of my book, so can you.
Informative, interesting, clearly written with love and involvement, but it's not given me the confidence to build my own, by myself. Read morePublished 5 months ago by steve kiddy
An excellent guide to building your own strip-built Sea Kayak the author takes you through the process a step at a time. Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2012 by acb
You want to try your hand at strip-built wood kayaks? This book by the owner of Guillemot Kayaks provides detailed plans, step-by-step instructions, pictures, all the knowledge you... Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2012 by Mark
Gift purchased for kayaking brother-in-law, a new hobby in his late fifties! Lovely and practical book.Published on 10 Aug. 2010 by Briony Holyoake