Kayak Building


For discussion surround the building kayaks and similar small boats

Modifying my Avocet series to fit my age

Submitted by sbaxter on Fri, 09/20/2019 - 14:17

I have modified my Avocet series of boats to fit my needs as I get older. The cockpits are longer for starters. I used to tune my boats for reasonably high speed now I am tuning them to 3.5 to 4.5 knots. To do that I have made my boats less full (I used to design very full boats keeping them full almost to the tips with gentle curves which gave me very good high speed efficiency) reducing bow width by about 2.5 inches at waterline and overall and stern width by about 1.2 inches. I made the boats about .5" wider at the widest point.

Building on External Strongback

Submitted by JimD777 on Fri, 09/20/2019 - 10:25

I recently purchased plans for a kayak. The plans call for building on an internal beam. I have built 8 kayaks on an external ("ladder") strongback, and exactly one on an internal beam, and I didn't like it. The form templates have a cutout marked for the beam, and no rocker measurements.

I think that I have a way to figure it out:

1. Find the form with the least distance between the beam cutout and the bottom edge, and mark it "0 rocker". Example: Form Nine, 16 mm=0 rocker

Coating for keel protection

Submitted by Mac50L on Sat, 09/07/2019 - 06:20

In the past I've used an epoxy produce, available locally, with carborundum in it. It is a bit like putting on very thick treacle but it does work. To apply, a small container of water and a well wetted finger melding the lumps along the keel. The area to be covered should be masked off and the rest of the hull covered with a plastic sheet. It is  also a good idea to have a sheet on the floor too. All of this to stop leaving a white layer all over everything looking like a bad paint job.

Does the moderator moderate?

Submitted by Mac50L on Fri, 09/06/2019 - 00:07

Does the moderator ever remove posts or posters?

Take a couple of recent ones, trout moving and inflatable kayaks.

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mrsraihan is obviously blind to the words "Kayak Building" and is selling inflatables and SOT kayaks. Selling. She is blind to the word WOOD and keeps going on about plastic. Jim doesn't even mention kayaks.

Another repair example

Submitted by howard on Mon, 08/26/2019 - 04:14

i was commenting on repairing a stern strip and thought i would share another repair job i did recently...not because the repair was of particular note...but the mode of accident was something that i thought folks could benefit from.

in a nutshell, when test fitting a boat on land, make sure you really have a soft surface underneath you.  in this case, i was on land with my petrel and put the boat on the grass to sit in and check the cockpit fit....and 'snap!'.

Repairing Stern Tip

Submitted by gdewitt on Sun, 08/25/2019 - 16:57

How is the best way to repair the damaged "tip" (not sure of the proper term) of the stern?  I did not build this kayak.  I won it in a $10 raffle and have greatly enjoyed it ever since.  I'm sick over this damage and want to fix it, but I do not want to make things worse.stern damage

Try out kayaks - esp LL Night Star

Submitted by johntarr@icloud.com on Thu, 08/22/2019 - 10:54

I think this is a long shot, but is there anyone near the Eastern Shore of Maryland, or in the greater DC area with a Laughing Loon Night Star who would be willing to let me try it out? I my looks perfect on paper, but I’d like to know before dropping that kind of money and time on it. 

Best Inflatable multipurpose Kayak

Submitted by kayakclimber on Tue, 08/13/2019 - 07:50


I’m looking for a tandem inflatable kayak for me and my girlfriend. I would need it to be tough (sometimes my 15 kg dog will come with us) and as multifunctional as possible. 

I’ve seen the advanced elements convertible elite


and the Bic Yakkair