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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 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:
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
A very well written DIY book that is comprehensive in the detail given..
I owned this book for 4-5 years and read it twice a year during those years before I got the courage to loft the numbers and build the boat.
Nick's book was wonderful, and I highly recommend it for anyone who is building or thinking of building a kayak (or even a canoe).
This book along with Ted Moores Kayak Craft guided me through construction of a kayak that turns heads every time I use it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert L. Mckee
Well-documented, and nice to read.
However, one very important part is documented very poorly: how to make the cockpit coaming. Read more
I am always looking for more details in boat building. This is a good book and I recommend it. I too like color pictures but to see on in person takes your breath away. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David N. Self
Probably the foremost book on the subject. Very well written tooPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Used this book and lofting tables to build my 17 foot Guillemot. Lovely kayak, now about 12 years old and still a thrill to paddle. Read morePublished 6 months ago by CSCadeau