Stitch and Glue

Boats built from precision cut panels of plywood glued together with epoxy and fiberglass

Pigmy Kayak

Submitted byRandy onSun, 12/23/2018 - 15:04

I am working very hard to get my plane ready to cover by spring. I also have to 'acquire' a kayak for my wife by spring, build or buy. (5'3" 125 lbs.) Not crazy about buying and very limited build time so I am considering a Pigmy kit that I could do part time and have completed by spring.

I don't remember seeing any comments on this forum about Pigmy kits or the quality of completed boats so, all comments welcome and appreciated

Thank you,

Pygmy Osprey Triple/Ddouble

Submitted byMarcel onFri, 12/07/2018 - 06:58


is there anyone, who has build the Osprey triple or double using the plans published in Woodenboat magazine?

I really need some advices.

Advices from someone build the Double/triple from a plan or kit could be very helpful too.

Main question left are:

- Is the spacer height 6.5" for all 3 spacers?
- Have the spacers to be aligned with the sheer line?
- Are the measurements given on the tempory frames (67 1/8; 132 5/8; 187 1/8) referenced to the bow tip or to the plywood plate like the offsets?



CLC Hybrid Night Heron

Submitted byPruhnke onMon, 11/12/2018 - 11:22

I have a kit from Chesapeake Light Craft that I want to sell. I have been storing it for many years and have no time for this project. If anyone could recommend a place or site to sell it through that would be greatly appreciated. I have tried to sell it via Craigslist with no luck.

I live in Spring Grove, IL 60081. I seem to recall a place in either Fort Atkinson or Whitewater Wisconsin that held classes on canoe and kayak building classes. I went to the Chamber of Commerce website for both of these towns but could not find a listing.

S&G Petrel - Fillets and Sanding Them

Submitted bykoineboy onWed, 10/03/2018 - 11:38



I'm building the Petrel S&G kit, and I glassed the hull successfully but not without several "Oh no!" moments.

I wasn't fast enough to lay fillets down the length of the boat and get the cloth in place and wetted out before the fillets kicked. I'm slow.

I want to put in the fillets one day and glass another. If I lightly sand the fillets, can I do this?





My first kayak build

Submitted bytomcoates onFri, 08/31/2018 - 12:58

Hi. I have been poring over lots of kayak building videos and all the information i can for the endeavor of building my own.  I have decided to build the S&G guillemont, not only because the plans are free but what amazing kayaks nick schade has built and the experience he has developing small craft. I hope to use it for some weekend excursions.  So the final details i have questions about are :

1) what thickness plywood can be used for this kayak?

2) can wood flour be used for thickening the epoxy on scarf joints?

Kayak Maintenance

Submitted byadmin onTue, 08/28/2018 - 09:14

A couple weeks ago I took time out from other projects to do some quick maintenance on a few a my kayaks. I had a broken back band, worn out gasket and a big ding to deal with. The video is below.

Probably of most interest to people is dealing with the beat up bottom of my Petrel Play SG. This boat has a single layer of glass on the bottom, doubled up only on the keel line. I take this boat to play in rock gardens where the surge sometimes drops me hard on pointy rocks.

Next steps

Submitted byfrankp onSat, 05/19/2018 - 23:30

I searched the archives and couldn't find any old posts about this, so I'll give some background... Sometime around 2001/2002 I built a Chesapeake Light Craft Northbay.  I paddled it very happily for a few years but had a few changes I wanted to make.  Sometime around 2007 I ripped the deck off and started a strip deck and some other modifications.  Then we had a couple of kids and I put the kayak up in the garage for a whole bunch of years.  

Scaling Up S&G Offsets

Submitted byKenB onThu, 05/17/2018 - 09:12

Thinkin' of a new project.

I've always liked the Cunningham Sea Kayaker S&G ... got the plans ages ago ... a couple of pages full of offsets. I wanna scale up the beam. So ... how do I do it?

One idea ... say I wanna add 2 inches to the max beam. This method assumes the angle of the side panel relative to the bottom panel is unchanged.

Bottom panel: Add 1 inch to the offset at the max width of the bottom panel ... take that number and use it to ratio the other bottom panel offsets.