Kayak Building


For discussion surround the building kayaks and similar small boats

scarf joints

Submitted by Michael Moberly on Tue, 04/28/2020 - 10:00

Ok, I have a question. How many scarf joints are to many? I cut up a piece of Red Cedar 2x4x15 and out of that whole board I got maybe five  3/4 X3/16 strips. The board had a couple of nots that fractured during the milling process. I can forget about any type of grain pattern and spend a day or two Scarfing joints or should I just scrap that piece and start over.  Did I mention I am building the 18 ft guillemot L

Not enough fiberglass hardner

Submitted by UHBlackhawk on Sun, 04/26/2020 - 09:02

Well, day 1 of my wood kayak build and I made a dumb blunder. Read the manual twice. Reread the instructions. Then dutifully pumped twice on the resin once on the hardner. The application looked really good. I'm thinking I got this.

Day 1, still tacky. I'm thinking it's maybe a little cool in the basement (it's between 65-70) so I get a space heater.

Day 2, still tacky. I reread the directions again. I followed them. Then it dawns on me. I put a restrictor on the hardner container so 2-1 is one pump of each. Instead of 2-1 I mixed 4-1. What an idiot.

Another Option For Holding Strips

Submitted by John VanBuren on Sun, 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 by KenSpiegel on Sat, 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

Klepper Deck Fabric Repair

Submitted by TomSwango@gMail.com on Sun, 04/12/2020 - 22:38

I recently noticed that I have a small, about the size of a quarter, hole in the deck fabric of my klepper aerius 2000. I have no idea how to go about repairing it and would appreciate in help, directions, or suggestion on how to handle this.  thank you

reading offset chart

Submitted by Michael Moberly on Sat, 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 by tv on Fri, 04/03/2020 - 08:01


My epoxy and glass fiber supplier, timeout.de, 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. 

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.