Kayak Building


For discussion surround the building kayaks and similar small boats

The Forum Slide Show

Submitted byadmin onMon, 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.

SOF: white polyurethane coating

Submitted bytraveler onSat, 03/27/2021 - 19:47

Just finished skinning my SOF kayak with 9 ounce nylon. Have Cory’s Goop polyurethane to apply and want to keep the skin white (on my last one I used rare earth powder pigments and it came out fine, but I do like the look of white better). Have been advised that tinting the goop with titanium dioxide powder will work. Does anyone have any experience with this or other ways to get a decent white tint for two part polyurethane? Am I asking for trouble with a white SOF in terms of longer-term discolouration? Thanks for any thoughts/advice/tips on this.


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started stripping deck ... problems!

Submitted byNHrob onMon, 02/15/2021 - 12:27


  I just started stripping the deck on my Spring Run.   I have glued the first two strips en each side and am having trouble at the bow and stern tips.

How best do you join the strips at the ends?   Are there some good stripping videos that show this specifically?   I fear I am making a mess of it and have stopped for now.  I hope to send pics soon of it.



Bulkheads on Strip-Built

Submitted byStephen Connelly onTue, 01/05/2021 - 09:55

Am preparing for my first strip-build and want to know whether I should be using foam or plywood for the bulkheads. Should I be concerned about the hull compressing and damaging it due to a plywood bulkhead resisting this compression?



Petrel Play forms

Submitted byJohn W. onTue, 12/22/2020 - 05:30

I am cutting the forms for a strip built Petrel Play. I've made 7 previous kayaks, always using an external strongback. The bow and stern PP forms have long extensions designed to run along an internal strongback. Is there any purpose for these extensions when using an external strongback?


SOF Stress skin panel frames

Submitted byAppleHillBoatyard onWed, 12/16/2020 - 10:12

Total newbie; Planning on building a SOF using the "fuselage" frame method. An out of the box idea occurred to me.

Instead of 3/4 plywood frames, would a 1/8" ply, 1/2 solid foam insulation, 1/8 ply sandwich appropriately sealed on the edges provide the strength needed in addition to being lighter and providing more flotation?

I have not seen this anywhere so there is probably a good reason this would not work, but I am just experimenting. 

Thanks in advance. 

Skeg or Not?

Submitted byEuropa onTue, 12/15/2020 - 11:18


Many years ago I built two Pigmy kayaks, Coho and Arctic Tern 14. My wife and I use them as very casual, recreational paddlers. I got the bug to build something with strips, but chickened out on a full boat, so I got a Hybrid Shearwater 16 kit from CLC. I see that they sell as an option on many, (but not all of their boats?) a retractable skeg. We are probably too inexpert paddlers to notice, but we don't seem to need them on our existing Pigmy boats. Is there anything about the design of the S&G Shearwater hull that requires or recommends adding the skeg?

Newbie question on leaving in forms

Submitted bygatorkiter onWed, 12/09/2020 - 14:28

I'm sure you guys have heard this question before, but I can't find the answer searching the forums:

Do people build wood strip kayaks using internal forms left in the kayak, with no strongback, just forms with large center openings? If so, is it more difficult than using an internal strongback?