Overview

Tired of struggling with that heavy plastic kayak? Are you looking for a lightweight boat but not willing to take out a second mortgage to buy it? What if I told you that you could build a boat weighting less than 35 lbs for $300 to $500? You can and in my new book I will show you how.

This style was very popular in the 1950's and 1960's and many boat plans appeared in magazines such as Popular Mechanics and Popular Science. Even though it is ...
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Fuselage Frame Boats

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Overview

Tired of struggling with that heavy plastic kayak? Are you looking for a lightweight boat but not willing to take out a second mortgage to buy it? What if I told you that you could build a boat weighting less than 35 lbs for $300 to $500? You can and in my new book I will show you how.

This style was very popular in the 1950's and 1960's and many boat plans appeared in magazines such as Popular Mechanics and Popular Science. Even though it is no longer fashionable in the magazines, the fuselage style of construction is still probably the most cost effective way to build a small boat. Recently I have seen a renewed interest in this type of boat construction. People are rediscovering the advantages of Fuselage style Skin Boats. Fuselage frames boats cost very little to build. A sheet of marine plywood, a lightweight wood such as cedar for the stringers, a few yards of a synthetic fabric for the skin and something to waterproof the skin. Materials for a basic 17' kayak cost around $300. Adding a seat, deck rigging and adjustable footrest would add another $100 to $150 dollars depending on your preferences. For somewhere around $400 you can build a high performance, 30-35 lbs boat. A composite construction canoe or kayak of similar weight would cost thousands of dollars.

This book will walk you through the process of building your own Skin on Frame canoe or kayak. I start by addressing the space needed to build a boat as well as tools needed. There is a detailed section on laying out the frames from a table of offsets. Progressing to how to assemble the frame, skinning the boat and through all the steps to preparing your boat for launching. Included are offsets for three of my boat designs. The StoneFly canoe, Curlew, a 15' Sea Kayak and new sea kayak design Pouco Barta.
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Editorial Reviews

Kirk Fredricks
I recently received this book in the mail after a couple weeks of anticipation while it made its way to the east coast of Canada. I sat down and started reading it, and by 1AM that night, I finished it. For a non-fiction book, that speaks volumes on how good it is.

I have about a dozen manuals on kayak construction, a hobby I've been practicing for several years. This is one the best books I own on the subject.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013756953
  • Publisher: Kudzu Craft
  • Publication date: 1/9/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 727,075
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

I have loved the water since I was just a kid. I have also been fascinated with wooden boats for about as long. Building a wood boat has been something I almost always wanted to do. I got in mechanical design and found that mechanical and technical drawing, designing, etc. came easy to me.

The wood boat bug bit me again and I rebuilt a Chris Craft Sea Skiff. Then I built a small DK-13 kayak. When I sold my lake house to a friend of mine, I gave him the kayak. I sold my Sail Boat with the plan of building another once my new shop was finished.

I decided to build another kayak first. The sailboat would be a big project and a kayak would give me a chance to get out on the water while I worked on the sail boat. The search for the 'perfect' kayak lead me to modify an existing design. That lead to me designing one from scratch.

Then I discovered Skin on Frame boats and read everything I could find. I designed and built one, then another and other.
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