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The Strip-Built Sea Kayak: Three Rugged, Beautiful Boats You Can Build / Edition 1
     

The Strip-Built Sea Kayak: Three Rugged, Beautiful Boats You Can Build / Edition 1

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by Nick Schade, McGraw-Hill
 

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ISBN-10: 007057989X

ISBN-13: 9780070579897

Pub. Date: 03/31/1998

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780070579897
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
03/31/1998
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
284,746
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments


Introduction


Part I The Background


1 Why Build A Kayak?


Why Use Wood?


Why Use Strips?


2 How Design Affects Performance


Stability


The Importance of Speed


Maneuverability and Tracking


Volume, or Interior Size


Choosing the Right Boat


Some Proven Designs


3 Tools and Materials


Tools


Materials


4 Lofting


Offsets for the Hull Forms


Offsets for the End Forms


Drawing the Patterns


Making Small Changes


Part II The Building Process


5 Getting Started


Where to Build


Cutting the Strips


Cutting Forms


The Strongback


Aligning Forms


6 Building the Hull & Deck


Stripping the Hull


Stripping the Deck


Finishing the Ends


Fairing


7 Fiberglassing and Finishing


Fiberglassing


The Coaming Up


Making the Hatches


Installing Cheek Plates


Joining Hull and Deck


Using a Sheerclamp


Finishing Off


8 Artistic Creation


Patterns from Strips


Dotted Lines


Dressing Up the Surface


Part III After It's Done


9 Fitting Out


The Seat


Footbraces


Knee and Thigh Braces


Bulkheads


Deck Lines


Hatch Gaskets


Grab-Loops


Rudders


10 And a Paddle to Match


Making the Shaft


Making the Blades


Rounding the Shaft


Fiberglassing the Paddle


Variations on a Theme


Tools for Paddles


Materials for Paddles


11 Maintenance and Repairs


Yearly Wear and Tear


Bad Scratches


Dealing with Bruises


Patching Holes


Part IV Appendices


A-1 Materials List


A-2 Material & Tool Sources


Wood


Glass and Resin


Outfitting and Tools


Books


A-3 Sources of Plans


A-4 Custom Designing


Designing Your Own Boat


Stealing Designs


Modifying a Design


Moving the Cockpit


Last Warning


A-5 English and Metric Conversion Factors


A-6 Safety


Dangers in the Shop


On the Water


A-7 Glossary


A-8 Bibliography


Index


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The Strip-Built Sea Kayak: Three Rugged, Beautiful Boats You Can Build 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
DFPhotography More than 1 year ago
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