The Strip-Built Sea Kayak: Three Rugged, Beautiful Boats You Can Build

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Strip-building—assembling a pile of thin wood strips into a functional hull—has been a popular canoe-building method for many years. Now boatbuilder Nick Schade, an engineer by training and a self-professed sea kayaking addict, has refined this time-tested method to build the more complex shapes of sea kayaks. The method is simple, forgiving, allows a liberal amount of design flexibility, and requires a minimum number of tools. It's also relatively inexpensive: about $500 to $600 for one of the designs discussed ...

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Overview

Strip-building—assembling a pile of thin wood strips into a functional hull—has been a popular canoe-building method for many years. Now boatbuilder Nick Schade, an engineer by training and a self-professed sea kayaking addict, has refined this time-tested method to build the more complex shapes of sea kayaks. The method is simple, forgiving, allows a liberal amount of design flexibility, and requires a minimum number of tools. It's also relatively inexpensive: about $500 to $600 for one of the designs discussed here—one-quarter the price of a factory-built model. In The Strip-Built Sea Kayak, Schade presents full plans for three elegant designs inspired by the grace and seaworthiness of the Inuit and Aleut skin boats. Profusely illustrated instructions provide the details that will guide you through the process.

A complete novice will be able to construct a finished kayak after reading nothing but this book. And for an experienced builder, the techniques here can be expanded to create the perfect boat for you.

Strip-building is the most flexible, forgiving, and attractive way to build a small wood boat. Professional sea kayak builder Nick Schade presents complete plans and measurements for three kayaks:

  • Great Auk, a fast, stable, comfortable single for beginners
  • Guillemot, a beautiful, high-performance single for intermediate and skilled paddlers
  • Guillemot Double, a spacious kayak for two

Here's all the information you'll need to build a sturdy, elegant sea kayak, from setting up shop to making a paddle.

"Nick Schade has managed to raise the craft of strip-building to the art of graphic design in wood."—Sea Kayaker

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Sea Kayaker
''Nick Schade has managed to raise the craft of strip building to the art of graphic design in wood''
Sea Kayaker
&'grave;Nick Schade has managed to raise the craft of strip building to the art of graphic design in wood''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070579897
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/31/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 190,807
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Schade, an engineer by training, is a boatbuilder and writer whose articles have appeared in Sea Kayaker and Atlantic Coast Kayaker. As an impoverished college student, he designed and built his first kayak when he realized that the price of a factory model was beyond his reach. And he's been at it ever since: More than 300 of his sea kayaks are being paddled and built worldwide. Nick divides his time between shops in Connecticut and New Hampshire and paddling the shores of New England.

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Table of Contents

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2007

    It all looks so easy...

    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

    Excellent manual to building your own strip built boat.

    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.
    Dale

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