Kayak Building


For discussion surround the building kayaks and similar small boats

The Forum Slide Show

Submitted by admin on Mon, 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.

Kit to purchase

Submitted by UHBlackhawk on Fri, 03/27/2020 - 20:29

As with many other it appears I will have some time off. Looking to build a kayak. I’ve been thinking for some time. This is my first build.

1. I live on the Hudson River. South of Newburgh. I can see the River from my front door. Boat landing less than a mile away.
2. Good size basement for building.

3. Good shape. Not much kayak experience. Quite a bit of canoe experience. When I was younger I raced war canoes and lead long canoe excursions into parts of Canada.

4. Looking for something I can obviously use on the Hudson but maybe longer excursions.

Help me choose my next boat

Submitted by Brad Grimm on Wed, 03/25/2020 - 01:31

Glad to be back on this forum, it was instrumental to my success in 2000 - 2001 when I built two Pygmy Arctic Terns.  

Since then my wife and I have switched to a tandem fiberglass kayak for our week long trips.  We still love the Terns but the tandem is a better choice for us now.  The problem is our tandem is a 105 lb beast and the crossbars on top our campervan are 8.5 feet off the ground.  Even with a Hullivator (on order) it's bound to be a struggle.

SOF - mixing fabric weights

Submitted by traveler on Wed, 03/18/2020 - 07:45

About to start skinning a 16 foot fuselage frame, touring style skin on frame kayak, primarily for light duty overnight tripping. Trying a few things to keep the weight down while ensuring respectable durability, and was thinking that I might shave a couple of pounds off by using a heavier fabric only on the bottom up to the gunnel (e.g. 9 ounce poly or 12 ounce nylon), and a light fabric (3 ounce Dacron) for the  deck, where presumably there wouldn't be much stress/abrasion risk. Would staple both top and bottom halves along the gunnel and cover with a lightweight cedar rub strip.

Curvy Masking Tape

Submitted by JimD777 on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 08:12

A very pedestrian type of question, but since you guys are good with ingenious, outside-the-box suggestions, I'll ask anyway :) I need to mask off my cockpit coaming for painting.  Of course, Big Box has all kinds of Blue tape and Frog tape, but I want something flexible enough to make the  curve at the front of the coaming, like about a 3" radius. Thin foam strips?

Coaming Size

Submitted by bug_hunter on Thu, 03/05/2020 - 15:08

Afternoon All,

I'm in the middle of my first wood strip kayak build.  About to put he fiberglass on the hull.  

I came across someone selling a couple spray skirts, and thought it might be a good idea to size the coaming to fit a standard size skirt.  Anyone have an idea of the dimensions of the Seals brand Inlander 1.7 and the Inlander 7.0 skirt?  I tried to contact Seals, and they are non-responsive.  Hard to believe a company can stay in business with that type of customer service.

Thanks a lot,


Epoxy Shrinkage (blunder?)

Submitted by JimD777 on Sat, 01/18/2020 - 21:47

I'm building a small stripper. I used 3/16" pawlonia strips for the hull, and WRC for the deck. As is my usual sequence, I stripped the hull, flipped it, stripped the deck, removed the deck, faired the hull interior, and fiberglassed the hull interior. I replaced forms 15, 12, 10 6, and 3 back in the hull at points I had pre-marked, before the epoxy was fully cured. I noticed that the forms fit well low in the hull, but there was a gap at the sheer, so I stretched tape across the hull to bring it in tight. One day later, the tapes strips were slack, and the forms fit snugly in the hull.