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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 – April 15, 2009
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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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Update - There is now a finished picture of my kayak in the customer photos section. It turned out great!
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.
The kindle version is a complete waste of money. Dimensions in some of the illustrations are illegible on my kindle voyager. However, I was able to read them on a large HD monitor when I downloaded the book through Kindle for PC.
The author has a very annoying habit of failing to set the stage. He proceeds step-by-step through his build-process without giving the overview that would help me understand what he's telling me and what I should be getting out of the description to come. So I plod through paragraphs or pages before I understand the big picture - - the framework he should have created - - and then I have to go back and reread those paragraphs or pages to understand how the subsequent details fit into that framework. For example, chapter 9 describes rough-cutting the hull to approximate the sheerline. (The illustration - - when viewed on my desktop PC's monitor - - shows the cut being made well proud of the sheerline.) Chapter 10 goes off on a tangent about model building. Chapter 11 starts by saying it is crucial that I make sure the sheerlines are level: "Before working further, the hull must be leveled..." In chapter 12, I finally realized what I need to understand as I transition from the rough cut to installing the gunwales.
There also are various paths (the most significant being the choice of no-deck canoe vs close-deck kayak). The book is actually misleading about material that pertains to those paths. It took several reads through chapters 11 (no deck) and 12 (closed deck) to figure out how much of the discussion in the no-deck chapter was actually a prerequisite for the closed-deck chapter). (The tangent into model building should have been an appendix.)
All of which is a long way of saying that this is a book that needs to be read with pen in hand (and, therefore, in hard copy). I do hope the paperback version has wide margins, because I'm going to fill them up with explanatory notes.
And I will fill up those margins, because I plan to use many of these techniques to build my next kayak.