Strip Built

Boat built using narrow strips of wood, edge glued together and covered with fiberglass

Strip flush on the form?

Submitted bySSpencer onTue, 06/02/2020 - 19:22

I am building a Petrel Play and fitting the sheer strip.  First, as you can see from the picture, the strip is not laying flush against the form (the last form before the stern inner stem).  I am using glue (not staples) and want to know if this looks right.  Do some of you bevel the forms to accomodate this?  Second, I am dry fitting the sheer strin using notched jigs  to hold them to the forms at the sheer line.  The strip bows out a little in between some of the forms.  Is it more important to make tight contact with each form or to get a fair curve by allowing the strip to slightly move

Reliance 20'8" double info

Submitted byJohn W. onFri, 05/29/2020 - 05:18

I have volunteered to complete the above kayak for the family of a man who died before he finished the construction. He stripped and glassed the outside of the hull, and stripped the deck, but that was a far as he got. I've made 7 cedar strip kayaks and a cedar strip canoe, so I'm okay with how to do this, but need some information first. The family did not find his plans. I need to know the locations for the coamings and the hatches, especially the coamings. Can anyone tell me how far from the bow or stern the rear of each coaming is?

starting deck - questions

Submitted byNHrob onThu, 05/28/2020 - 19:52

Well, I finished the hull on a Spring Run build.  Now I am ready to start the deck.  I am going to be doing the sheer strips soon but, I can't seem to visualize how best to join the sheer strips at the tips of the stern and the bow??   It's the first few strips.  After that I can figure it out.

Any pics of the first few sheer strips of the deck?  Would like to see it at the tip of the bow and/or stern.





Submitted byMichael Moberly onWed, 05/20/2020 - 19:04

Here's my question, I am using staples to hold my strips to the forms. I tried holt glue but it would not hold. Can I remove the staples and due a scrapping of the haul and then reinforce the haul with tape as Nick did on one of his builds  before flipping the forms or should I just strip the entire kayak before I start scrapping and sanding. I am still trying out different things to see what works.  Thanks in advance

Inner stems

Submitted bySSpencer onFri, 05/08/2020 - 19:52

Does anybody apply a seal coat of epoxy on the inner stems prior to stripping?  I understand that the strips cover them on the outside, but on the inside I could see some voids developing when trying to apply the glass in the tight stern and bow sections.    Or is this overkill?

Thanks.  I hope everyone enjoys their weekend.


Kicking the tires and dieing to light the fires.

Submitted byTnic onThu, 05/07/2020 - 02:06

Well ok, maybe fire isn't such a good thing around wooden boats.

Anyway, I'm stuck on the wrong side of The Pond until TPTB let us fly home again, but have pulled the trigger on the plans (and companion dvds) for a Laughing Loon, Georgian Bay.  I plan to build his & hers boats for my bride and I.

I'm sure Rob includes all or most of the info I need in the plans, but I won't see that until well, later.  My burning questions right now are;

scarf joints

Submitted byMichael Moberly onTue, 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

Another Option For Holding Strips

Submitted byJohn VanBuren onSun, 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 byKenSpiegel onSat, 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