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Canoe and Kayak Building the Light and Easy Way: How to Build Tough, Super-Safe Boats in Kevlar, Carbon, or Fiberglass Paperback – March 25, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (March 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071597352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071597357
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sam Rizzetta is a boat designer and builder, a master luthier (a builder of stringed, fretted musical instruments), a music historian, a composites fabricator, and author. A canoeist since the age of three, he has designed and built numerous canoes and averages 1,000 miles of paddling annually. His innovative Fabric Form method of boatbuilding is an offshoot of his work in the fabrication of custom composite aeronautical components.


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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mrkopalj Baricevac on May 13, 2009
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There are some excellent books out on building skin-on-frame kayaks using modern materials -- this isn't one of them. The author is very good at impressing us with his credentials, but lamely wastes most of the book upon a pet project that won't work for anybody looking to build either a seagoing, estuary, lake or river kayak OR a canoe OR small boat.

As for the other half of the full title's implicit promise -- i.e., showing one how to build a BOAT (e.g., a recreational row-boat, or a small tender for a yacht), well that is completely ignored, making this book essentially a rip-off for buyers expecting to get, as it advertises, instructions on BOAT-building ...

I recommend "Building Skin-on-frame Boats" by Robert Morris and also "Building Your Kevlar Canoe" by James Moran for the boatbuilders reading this review, supplemented by articles in Wooden Boat on small craft construction using Kevlar-on-wood-frame technique.

I will leave the recommendations for kayak building in Kevlar (etc.) to those with good experience building/using those vessels.
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I found this book clearly written and a 360 degree approach to the subject. For persons involved in small boats used for recreation, touring or river running the book seems designed to transfer cost effective knowledge that addresses handling, weight, capacity and most importantly safety. All things superfluous have been cast adrift by a guy who has been around watercraft of this type for a long time in many different environments. Clearly the author is intrested in being thought provoking by suggesting his tested solutions but not insisting on only one solution being the only way. I like this because it caused me to look beyond the surface and ask myself why he arrived at some of his ingenious ideas. As I explored deeper, I found that it was because he found benifits that produced simplicity, cost/value and quality.

Above and beyond all the technical details, applications and design aides he supplies, I must say there is a simple joy of boating that comes through. It turns out that Sam Rizzetta; the author, is a canoist, pilot, scientist, artist, musician, luthier, composer and heaven knows what else. The inclusion of some of his compositons was just the ticket to make me feel and share the joy of boating and creating.

If you are willing to recognize that by building light weight, tough and safe water craft, you too will share this joy.. then this is the book to get you there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hart on July 6, 2013
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I bought this book along with composite materials fabrication handbook #1. Between the 2 books I got good understanding of fabrication materials and methods. I am currently in the process of building my own fully decked kayak. I took Sam's design for the "kayoo" hybrid canoe/kayak and adapted it to more of a traditional kayak design. I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in building their own canoe or kayak. I will post pictures once I am finished. Great book!

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Update - There is now a finished picture of my kayak in the customer photos section. It turned out great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SocialDragonfly on February 19, 2013
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This book gives clear and concise directions for the beginner to expert boat hobbyist. The directions are clear and safety tips and tricks of the trade are given. I plan to build the Dragonfly design within two years, and it even gives where to buy supplies for a great price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Eike on April 30, 2011
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I have built a number of canoes, kayaks and pulling boats using conventional cedar strip or stitch and glue methods, but always opted for conventional fibreglass for the fabric. This book clarifies working with the more exotic carbon and kevlar fabrics, as well as presenting not one but two methods of boat building that I had not encountered before.
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