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Although books on strip building canoes abound, this is among the first to adapt the technique to crafting attractive, functional kayaks. Using high-quality, computer-generated illustrations and photographs to explain key techniques, the book provides complete plans and measurements for three different kayaks: 1) A simple solo craft for beginners, 2) A high-performance solo kayak for intermediate paddlers, and 3) A tandem design for two paddlers. With its easy-to-follow guidance and instructions, The Strip-Built ...
Although books on strip building canoes abound, this is among the first to adapt the technique to crafting attractive, functional kayaks. Using high-quality, computer-generated illustrations and photographs to explain key techniques, the book provides complete plans and measurements for three different kayaks: 1) A simple solo craft for beginners, 2) A high-performance solo kayak for intermediate paddlers, and 3) A tandem design for two paddlers. With its easy-to-follow guidance and instructions, The Strip-Built Sea Kayak makes top-notch kayaks accessible to budget-minded paddlers.
AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I The Background1 Why Build A Kayak? Why Use Wood? Why Use Strips? 2 How Design Affects PerformanceStabilityThe Importance of SpeedManeuverability and TrackingVolume, or Interior SizeChoosing the Right BoatSome Proven Designs3 Tools and MaterialsToolsMaterials4 LoftingOffsets for the Hull FormsOffsets for the End FormsDrawing the PatternsMaking Small ChangesPart II The Building Process5 Getting StartedWhere to BuildCutting the StripsCutting FormsThe StrongbackAligning Forms6 Building the Hull & DeckStripping the HullStripping the DeckFinishing the EndsFairing7 Fiberglassing and FinishingFiberglassingThe Coaming UpMaking the HatchesInstalling Cheek PlatesJoining Hull and DeckUsing a SheerclampFinishing Off8 Artistic CreationPatterns from StripsDotted LinesDressing Up the SurfacePart III After It's Done9 Fitting OutThe SeatFootbracesKnee and Thigh BracesBulkheadsDeck LinesHatch GasketsGrab-LoopsRudders10 And a Paddle to MatchMaking the ShaftMaking the BladesRounding the ShaftFiberglassing the PaddleVariations on a ThemeTools for PaddlesMaterials for Paddles11 Maintenance and RepairsYearly Wear and TearBad ScratchesDealing with BruisesPatching HolesPart IV AppendicesA-1 Materials ListA-2 Material & Tool SourcesWoodGlass and ResinOutfitting and ToolsBooksA-3 Sources of PlansA-4 Custom DesigningDesigning Your Own BoatStealing DesignsModifying a DesignMoving the CockpitLast WarningA-5 English and Metric Conversion FactorsA-6 SafetyDangers in the ShopOn the WaterA-7 GlossaryA-8 BibliographyIndex
Posted January 10, 2007
I'm a fan of the outdoors. One year, my wife purchased a simple kayak for me, knowing how I've longed to have one of my own. That simple little boat led me to the bookstore to soak up anything kayak related. During one visit, I picked up this book. Mr. Schade has presented a wonderful reference, and for all purposes, an inredibly detailed instruction guide for constructing your very own wood strip kayak. After one month of reading and studying this guide, what once seemed to be a rather daunting task was made much easier. The instructions are clear, the steps laid out in a logical manner, and several times throughout the book, he has put emphasis not on the appearance of your first boat, but getting it in the water. I have since been working on a kayak of my own. Working on and off when time permits, I've put in perhaps two solid months working on mine, and am a few days from completing my kayak. All that is needed is some basic woodworking tools (the majority of the boat is assembled by hand, with powertools such as a bandsaw or tablesaw used to initially cut the strips from which the boat will be made. This is truely 'old school' woodworking,using block planes, hand saws, and files. Even if you don't wind up building a boat of your own, this book is an insightful look into what it takes to make a beautiful boat by the simplest of means.
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Posted January 26, 2013
I have always wanted to build a kayak or canoe. After reading this book, I had the knowledge to start the building process. This book covers all the aspects of building a kayak. It is geared towards first time builders and explains how to build the boat in terms you can understand. After reading this book, I ordered my plans for a kayak and I have just about completed the hull in only 1.5 weeks of reading the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about building a strip built boat or kayak.