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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

by Nick Schade, McGraw-Hill
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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 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: 301,832
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Part I The Background
1 Why Build A Kayak?
Why Use Wood?
Why Use Strips?
2 How Design Affects Performance
The Importance of Speed
Maneuverability and Tracking
Volume, or Interior Size
Choosing the Right Boat
Some Proven Designs
3 Tools and 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
7 Fiberglassing and Finishing
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
Knee and Thigh Braces
Deck Lines
Hatch Gaskets
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
Glass and Resin
Outfitting and Tools
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

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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