Kayak Building


For discussion surround the building kayaks and similar small boats

The Forum Slide Show

Submitted byadmin onMon, 04/02/2018 - 11:37

So, I got the slide show working. I've placed it on a couple different pages. The slideshow currently shows a randomly selected set of 10 images at a time. There are more than 10 images available, and the next time you refresh the page a different selection of 10 images will be displayed.

You can add images to the slide show by following this link: Add Slide Show Image. It will have you upload an image and ask for a description. You can only add an image if you are a registered user.

Skin on frame boat for kids

Submitted byShawn onTue, 09/22/2020 - 19:33

I would like to build a skin boat for my 9yr old son.

I cannot find the plans for the “sea flea” by Tom Yost, but I was thinking of scaling down the multi-chine Sea Bee.

if I reduce the scale of the boat to 10’ 4” long, with 19” beam, payload would theoretically be about 125lbs (20lb boat, 65lb paddler, plus cargo)

Does anyone have thoughts or experience on this, or maybe another recommendation?

Recommendations for Cartop Carrier For Kayak

Submitted byjessicaherron onThu, 09/10/2020 - 05:13

I just bought an Old town Dirigo 106 kayak, and want to carry it on the top of my 2019 Toyota Highlander. The Highlander comes factory-equipped with rails on the top going from front to back, but I will need to also add on some additional rails going from side to side in order to carry the kayak on top without harming the finish. I choose HandiRack Universal Inflatable Bars. So the question (finally!) is whether or not someone can recommend a make/model/source of the additional rails.

Great Salt Lake

Submitted byPruden17 onWed, 09/02/2020 - 08:50

I remember meeting up with Scott Baxter to paddle the Great Salt Lake. That was back in ooooooh, 2006, I think. The water is heavy with all the salt dissolved in it so it does not react in typical watery fashion. What it does do it offer amazing reflections from all directions because it lays so flat...like a mirror. Follow the link to Scotts Youtube post and see how beautiful it is on the big salty.

Using a circsaw to make table saw cuts

Submitted byPruden17 onWed, 09/02/2020 - 08:22


The link takes you to Paul Montgomery's archived post which takes you to Paul's website. The jig he made is very useful if you don't like having to set up your table saw each time you need to use it. I will be fixing one up for myself.

Kayak Forum Issues

Submitted byadmin onFri, 08/28/2020 - 16:54

I apologize for the forum going dead for a few days. I didn't notice right away, but I have spent the last two days tracking down issues. Something infected my directories on my web host with some malware. Two days plus $250 later we are at least back online.

I am trying to update the Kayakforum CMS to the latest version but there is something weird about the configuration and the automatic update system is puking on the project. I could do it the old fashioned way by copying various files into various directories, but it would make life better if the automated system worked.

What Grit for Final sanding of a Strip Built boat?

Submitted byJohn VanBuren onWed, 08/19/2020 - 04:46


    I am at the stage in building my first Strip Built boat where I will be moving on to final sanding of the hull prior to the initial coat of epoxy. At which grit do you folks stop when sanding the bare Cedar Hull? I have just about finished the fairing of the hull with my ROS and 50 Grit.

Thank you,

John VB