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.

Converting a standard tandem to a sectional

Submitted by GreenGuy77 on Sat, 12/07/2019 - 15:29

Hello, and thank you for having me here. This is my first post so if I stray from some house rules feel free to call me out. I have a valley aleut sea 2 kayak. It cuts through the water great and my wife and I love paddling it. Key word paddling.... it’s 21’ long and we live in an apartment. Does anyone have any insight into converting this kayak into a sectional? Is it possible? Will it effect performance? How long will it take to assemble/disassemble? Can it be assembled/disassembles on location? I’m handy with fiberglass. How much special equipment, knowledge, skill etc...

Awlgrip for a Kayak Finish

Submitted by CA139 on Tue, 11/26/2019 - 17:54

Looking for the opinion of people who know more than I for using Awlgrip vs say varnish or gelcoat as a finish for a kayak. Is it a yacht quality finish the best you can get for a kayak? Is it worth it? Is it a good idea? Why or why not?

Frej thoughts

Submitted by JohnAbercrombie on Sun, 11/24/2019 - 11:52

George G asked me about Bjorn Thomassen's Frej design in the 'Basswood' thread.


I've built two Frej kayaks - one 16' and another longer 18' version for possible use on trips.

I like them both - they are quick, roll very easily and handle waves and wind well.

Basswood for strip building

Submitted by JohnAbercrombie on Fri, 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.

Critique This Hull

Submitted by CA139 on Tue, 11/19/2019 - 17:06

I wrote off wood and composite boats some time ago after a potentially bad experience with a build but it seems that there were things I did not know so I am revisiting the topic now that I've gotten some guidance. I would very nicely ask the forum to critique this design with the attached images.

The actual specs are 25 feet long, 30" wide. It has a pair of voids below so you're sitting 6" higher from the bottom on another deck. The front void has a bilge pump and you can flood it for better 'ballast'. You can disassemble it with screws and bolts in the middle.

Spray Deck for Petrel S&G

Submitted by koineboy on Fri, 11/15/2019 - 18:14

I’ve built the Petrel S&G and purchased the skirt CLC advertises as the one that fits the Petrel, but the cord in the skirt is way too thick to squeeze into the narrow gap at 8&4 o’clock on the combing. Any ideas on what skirt fits this boat? Please help!

Double Layer

Submitted by bug_hunter on Tue, 11/12/2019 - 16:20

Hey Guys,

New question, new topic.

I am considering a double layer of 4oz fabric on the hull bottom for some added protection.  I think some call it a football. What is the process.  As an knowledge-less rookie, I would wetout and install the football, let it partially cure, do a little sanding, wetout and install a full sheet covering the entire hull, let it partially cure, place a fill coat, then a final coat.

Any thoughts/insight would be appreciated.