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Stitch and Glue Petrel Prototype Build Started

S&G Petrel Prototypes

 

This build is not going to go too fast as I need to take photographs along the way so we can work up instruction manuals for each of the boats. So far this has involved taking an average of 100 photographs a day. I must say it is a lot faster to build a boat if you don't have to set up a camera and lights every few minutes.

Guillemot Kayaks Kits Available in Europe

Fyne Boat KitsWe are happy to annouce that Fyne Boat Kits in Cumbria, UK are now supplying Kits and

How to Make a Kayak Seat

 

 

A seat is a pretty basic need in a kayak. A good seat is the key to comfortably sitting in a kayak for hours at a time. The seat is the primary contact between the paddler and the boat and as such it is the primary tool for controling the kayak.

End Pour vs End Block

End pour vs end block

The End Pour

 A common question is "what is the end pour good for?" For those who don't know what it is, it originated in making fiberglass kayaks. The boat is stood on end, leaned up against the wall or a try and epoxy is poured into the end. This epoxy fills up the end with a solid chunk of material. This serves a couple purposes.

How to Make a Kayak - Fiberglassing the Inside

I'm using 4 ounce glass on the inside. I did not have a long enough roll to cover the whole deck in one piece so I pieced it together with an overlap at the front and back of the cockpit. I also slipped a strip of carbon fiber in between the layers behind the cockpit.

The "Dookey Schmutz" Award

Sometime back in the mid to early 1990's I read an article in WoodenBoat Magazine about building an icebox. I just did a little research and found the article. It was "Building a Proper Icebox" by Jim Brown in WoodenBoat Issue #99. You can read the article below. This is where I first came across the idea that a thick mixture of powder and epoxy has a name. What Jim said was:

How to Make a Kayak - Cleaning up the Interior

For me cleaning up the inside of the boat is one of the least satisfying aspects of building the kayak. Everything is concave so most of tools have trouble working on the interior surface. On the outside you can use a tool with a straight/flat working face because that face will easily contact the surface to do its job.

Problems with the #Kindle versions of My Books

Note:

As of February 2012, the Kindle files should be updated so the issues discussed below no longer apply. If you continue to experience readability issues with you Kindle additions of The Strip-Built Sea Kayak or Building Strip-Planked Boats, please try reloading the books from Amazon. If you see any other problems, please let me know.

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