Strip Built

Boat built using narrow strips of wood, edge glued together and covered with fiberglass

Another Option For Holding Strips

Submitted byJohn VanBuren onSun, 04/26/2020 - 08:08


     I am in the process of building a boat out of strips and I am using an inexpensive yet effective of holding the strips in place.

I am using old bicycle tubes with the valves cut off and the tube cut to make it a nice long elastic. I have found that the very skinny road bike tires work well. I simply clamp or tie one end off. Then wrap the tube firmly around the pre-glued strip. I dry fit each strip first. I also use latex surgical tubing, but I had to buy that. And I have a good supply of old bike tubes. 

Keyhole Cockpit for Outer Islander?

Submitted byKenSpiegel onSat, 04/18/2020 - 11:05

My first post - I've been learning from this forum for a few years, just glassed the hull exterior of my first build which is Jay Babina's Outer Islander.  I love the process of strip building and could not be doing it without this forum and all the support from the great builders I have plans from.  I've read all the threads from past years debating ocean vs keyhole cockpits.  The situation is, I promised this 'first' kayak to my wife.  The next one, which I have already milled strips for, will be for me, and will be an ocean cockpit.  This one, however, just needs to be a keyhole cockpit

reading offset chart

Submitted byMichael Moberly onSat, 04/04/2020 - 15:10

Hello, I am new to this site and kayak building. I read Nick Shades book "strip built sea Kayak" several times over and I plan on building the Great Auk. But the more I read about how to Draw the sections, the more confused I get. I am sure for most it is a simple thing to read the offset chart but apparently not for me. I am having a problem understanding exactly how one transfers the numbers on the offset chart into a section drawing. Wood working I know, boat building not so much.  any help would be appreciated thanks in advance

Basalt and flax fabric

Submitted bytv onFri, 04/03/2020 - 08:01


My epoxy and glass fiber supplier,, also sells basalt and flax fabrics for epoxy composites. Has anyone used either of these for wooden boat building? I'm looking for something opaque for the inside, and these two are cheaper options, than carbon and/or aramid. The flax is especially appealing because it is a natural material. Unfortunately, this also means, that it will rot. 

Any kind of feedback is appreciated. 

Curvy Masking Tape

Submitted byJimD777 onMon, 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?

Epoxy Shrinkage (blunder?)

Submitted byJimD777 onSat, 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.

Basswood for strip building

Submitted byJohnAbercrombie onFri, 11/22/2019 - 17:51

I'm building my current project (Njord by Bjorn Thomassen) with strips mostly from 'boards I'll never use' and leftovers around my garage shop.

I had a piece of basswood which I added to the stock for cutting into strips.

Those basswood strips came in handy when dealing with some areas where the strips had to twist a lot - the transition from the 'flat' rear deck to the area forward of the cockpit, near the sides of the deck.