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.

Easy and Cheap Long Board for Sanding

Submitted by John VanBuren on Sun, 07/05/2020 - 10:27


    I am in the process of closing the "football" on a Wee Lassie II canoe I am building. And I found myself in need of a longboard sanding device.  

    Since this is the first Strip-Built boat I have built I decided I did not want to spend a lot of $ on a longboard. (I am unsure if I wat to build more boats using this process.)  And I did not want to take the time to get the pieces and build one.

Huge screw up

Submitted by Brad Grimm on Thu, 07/02/2020 - 21:20

Yesterday I made a grievous error on my Waters Dancing Trillium 21.  My workspace is small, so I took the deck and hung it from the ceiling of the garage.  Seemed like a great solution to get it out of the way temporarily.  But I forgot to figure in the garage door opening.  The result is a full fracture on one side of the stern deck.  See photos.  EDIT:  Turns out I can't post pics, so here's a description:  The fracture is adjacent to the stern hatch opening, on one side only.  It is full thickness and the edges are separated, ie. completely broken.

foot brace installation

Submitted by John W. on Mon, 06/22/2020 - 15:12

I love Nick's videos and they are full of great stuff, but Joe Greenley has a Youtube video in which he glasses studs to the hull and the foot braces slide onto the studs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAv_rZlFUf8 It looks like a really simple idea.

Does anyone know what the stud is or where it can be purchased?

Modified whitewater kayak for the intracoastal

Submitted by elitopus on Mon, 06/22/2020 - 09:40

Hi all

I’m relatively new to kayaks, but not new to boating. I’ve been sailing my whole life, and have a few sailboats including a wood lightning. 

I’ve been using a too small for me kayak up to this point, and have been looking for an inexpensive upgrade. Eventually I’d like to build one of the plywood kit kayaks, but for now my budget is somewhat limited. 

I know you guys are knowledgeable on hull design, and different hull shapes for different applications, so I thought I’d ask this question here. 

Home-making a keel vs. adding a rudder to Old Town Loon

Submitted by Lyn on Sun, 06/21/2020 - 02:19

The keel of my old, Old Town Loon kayak is pretty flat, so the boat sways markedly from side to side. I use it on mountain lakes and quiet rivers, where tracking matters more than quick turns.

To improve tracking, I might jerry-rig a keel by duct-taping a strip of wood or plastic molding to the hull. I might blow-dry the tape to soften and set it.

Am I misguided? Or might such a keel last a while? A taped keel would, at least, put no drill holes in the bottom of my boat. And if it didn't help, might I peel it all off and clean up with Goo Gone and Dawn dish detergent?

Pic upload problem

Submitted by JohnAbercrombie on Fri, 06/19/2020 - 18:00

When I try to upload an image, I get a message:

1 Error has been found 


The file could not be uploaded

Images are the usual 100-200kB size 640x480


It's the first time that's happened for me in a while, but I know other users have reported similar problems.

Petrel Play Chine line

Submitted by SSpencer on Tue, 06/16/2020 - 19:43

I've stripped just beyond the chine line on the Petrel Play and now want to mark it and cut it (as Nick does in his Episode 4 video "Stripping the Sides."  I have used the jig he shows to mark the outside of the sides according to the diagonal mark on the forms.  Given that I can't reach the diagonals on form 2 and 14, I'm not exactly sure where I should align the chine cut at the ends of the boat.  Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, Steven

Epoxy disaster!

Submitted by pifferl on Thu, 06/11/2020 - 09:01

Boy I messed this up!  I was putting on the epoxy, using a MAS 2:1 epoxy.  After I was finished and I was marveling at the job, I noticed that there were a few spots that were missed.  I had very little epoxy left so when I poured it out there was not enough to align with a mark on the graduated plastic cups I was using, so I eyeballed the ratio.  Bottom line, the ratio was bad and now wherever I put this last bit of expoxy is soft 4 days later.  Areas where I did not hit with this mis-ratio’d batch is OK.

Robobevel Review

Submitted by John VanBuren on Mon, 06/08/2020 - 07:00


    I have been using a Robobevel tool for a few months now. I am building a Wee Lassie II canoe, which is a 13' 6" one solo canoe with lots of curves. 

    I find that once I mastered the use of the tool that it works very well. It is well made and the ergonomics as excellent. The little plane that I bought separately is a high-quality tool that performs well.

    Listed below are a few lessons I learned on how to be effective with the tool:

      Adjust the plane to take a fairly deep cut. The goal is to shape the strips not smooth them.