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Kayak Craft Paperback – January 1, 1999
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The finishing and joinery techniques described will help the builder make a really professional craft.
Moore's instructions are such that the builder does not have to skimp on quality, or take shortcuts in the finished product; rather, the techniques described will allow the builder to build a quality kayak, efficiently.
The published test-panel failures for different thicknesses and materials are helpful in determining tradeoffs between the different layups.
I agree with other comment submissions that state that this is a good reference. I like Nick Schade's approach better, however. Ted's approach is more classical and Nick's more innovative. Also notice that Nick's latest book, Building Strip-Planked Boats (International Marine-RMP), actually moderates back toward a more classic building technique in using beveling of strips instead of cove/bead, and in modifying the epoxy end-pour technique he used to use.
It's just that Nick's first work is the best of anything I have read, even if I don't use all of his techniques. He communicates a passion and clearness of presentation lacking in Ted's book. It was harder to follow the pictures, which were also not quite as clear. Nick's book also seemed very thorough, and easier to understand, especially through the lofting section.
This is still a classic work, however, and should be part of any determined kayak-builder's library.
While there is no book that tells everything on kayak construction this one comes close as an excellent reference for a novice and experienced builders alike.
As a suplementary reading, I would strongly recomment another book by Ted Moores "Canoecraft" with its excellent coverage of wood stripping and, in particular,fiberglassing techniques.
I built several canoes with Ted's fist book and never bought a plan ever .
If you read thuroughly and pay attention it won't be hard.
Don't be afraid of this book . I'm glad I bought it the only way that this book could be better for me is if the very numerous and professional pictures were color . This is a very thorough book with nothing missing .
I look forward to making Strip Kayaks and having great times out in opens waters in Alaska....