Stitch-and-Glue Boatbuilding: How to Build Small Boats

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  • Plans and assembly instructions for eleven boats, including nine kayaks, a skiff, and a rowing shell
  • Step-by-step photographs and drawings
  • The information you need to choose the right materials for your boat

Your guide to the most popular method of amateur boatbuilding

Building a stitch-and-glue boat brings you as close as you’ll ever get to instant boatbuilding. It’s the ...

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Overview

  • Plans and assembly instructions for eleven boats, including nine kayaks, a skiff, and a rowing shell
  • Step-by-step photographs and drawings
  • The information you need to choose the right materials for your boat

Your guide to the most popular method of amateur boatbuilding

Building a stitch-and-glue boat brings you as close as you’ll ever get to instant boatbuilding. It’s the fastest, easiest method yet devised for creating a strong, beautiful, seaworthy craft with your own hands. Now, one of the world’s premier stitch-and-glue designers, builders, and teachers gives you the information and guidance you need to build the boat of your dreams in your backyard, basement, or garage.

Chris Kulczycki explains why you don’t need to be a master craftsman with dozens of specialized tools to create a sleek, responsive small boat. He lays out the basic stitch-and-glue building techniques; outlines the shortcuts and pitfalls; and details the materials you’ll need. Then he guides you through each phase of the building process, from cutting plywood panels and stitching them together to gluing the seams with epoxy to fiberglassing, sanding, painting, finishing, and outfitting.

Praise for Chris Kulczycki’s The Kayak Shop:

“Recommended reading for anyone who wants to paddle a boat of their own creation.”

—Sea Kayaker

“This book should prove to be one of the standards on boatbuilding that will be on every small boat builder's bookshelf.”

—Upper Midwest Kayak Touring News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071440936
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/17/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 269,722
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Kulczycki is the author of The New Kayak Shop and the founder of Chesapeake Light Craft, the largest boat kit and plan manufacturer in the world. More than 10,000 boats have been built from his plans.

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart One: Building Techniques1. Stitch-and-Glue Boatbuilding2. Plywood3. Dimensional Lumber4. Epoxy and Fiberglass5. Fiberglass and Fasteners6. Tools and a Shop7. Boat Plans and Designs8. Drawing and Cutting the Hull Panels9. Scarf Joints10. Assembling the Hull11. Gluing the Hull12. Sheathing the Hull13. Installing the Deck 14. Furniture and Fitting Out15. Painting and VarnishingPart Two: Designs and Building Instructions for Eleven Boats and a Sailing Rig16. Chesapeake 16 LT, 17 LT, 18 LT, Double, and Triple Kayaks17. Jimmy Skiff18. Mill Creek 13, 15, and 16.5 Kayaks19. North Bay Kayak20. Oxford Rowing Shell21. SailRig for KayaksAppendix AAppendix BAppendix CMetric Conversion TableIndex

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