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.
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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 ContentsAcknowledgments 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 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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.
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