Kayak Building


For discussion surround the building kayaks and similar small boats

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.



Free Guillemot S&G - offsets vs free PDF plans, and a qtn.

Submitted by Myrl Tanton on Sun, 10/27/2019 - 20:09

HI guys, 

I've cut out the panels for Nick's free S&G.   years ago I build a Hybrid S&G hull and strip deck.   So I'm going to build two more,  a slightly larger one for me (deck height only) for better foot room. and leg room, and one for my daughter.   I've got the panels cut, and they look pretty good to my eye.  

At this point  have one comment and one question.

Installing Kajak Sport skeg box

Submitted by JohnAbercrombie on Sun, 10/20/2019 - 18:07

The install of the KS System 4 'rope control' skeg is 'on hold' right now as the 'Optional Adapter Box' is back-ordered.

So that's my first bit of info: Unlike the KS cable control skeg 'kit' which had everything I needed for an install when I bought it a few years ago, the newer System 4 line control kit doesn't include the 'box' which goes inside the kayak and is required to make the control box waterproof.

Make sure you include it with your order!

newbe ?? on varnishes and bubbles

Submitted by Will_S on Wed, 10/16/2019 - 14:10

While I've built 5 S&G boats, I know very little about how to varnish them; I just blindly did as I was told. That's no longer satisfactory. Lately I've been reading forums, etc, about the subject but I still have a couple unresolved questions. And I think the answers would be of interest to other builders.