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.

First time flush hatches

Submitted byKenSpiegel onSat, 10/24/2020 - 21:39

This is my first try at flush hatches.  I understand that there is a spacer ring and a lip ring below it that the gasket will rest on.  I've seen some people use two 1/8th inch spacers followed by the lip ring that has the smaller inner diameter for the gasket to rest on.  I have plenty of 1/4" ply and was thinking of one ring of 1/4" for the spacer and one for the lip ring.

The Koryak - a rarely made skin on frame kayak

Submitted byPaul Montgomery onFri, 10/23/2020 - 18:26

I was asked to make the frame only of a Koryak, and if you haven't heard of it, it's not exactly your typical build. I will probably do a saran wrap test before I deliver it - just to see if I can actually keep it upright. Anyway, here is the video of it:

Looking for polyester fabric

Submitted byKenSpiegel onMon, 10/12/2020 - 21:35

I'd like to protect the keel of the Outer Islander I'm building with perhaps a 4" width of polyester fabric because of its abrasion resistance.  I've tried all the usual glass distributors I can find and they're not carrying it anymore.

Thought I'd ask the global community?  Looking for a way to protect this two year project's bottom from the inevitable scrapes to come once it hits the water.

Thanks all.

Ken Spiegel

We're lucky we have wood kayak chores

Submitted byJayBabina onMon, 10/12/2020 - 13:39

In this time of lock-downs and reasons to stay home, how lucky we are that we have pastimes like wood boats. I have two boats that are long over-due for a re-varnish job. I also have a coaming that needs repair or an overhaul. I also have a few woodworking jigs and fixtures that have been on the bucket list for quite a while. Its not hard for me to stay busy.  Hopefully we'll all be back to almost normal next year some time.

Stay healthy.



Is there a supplier in the USA for DIOLEN fabric

Submitted byAVoit1964 onWed, 09/23/2020 - 11:34

Hi everyone!

As far as the Internet is concerned, after a long search I am under the impression that DIOLEN as a Laminate-Cloth seem completely 'incognito' in the USA!

Is there anyone that knows of a US Supplier for this fabric?

It is easy to find in the UK.

(Exemple -  https://www.easycomposites.co.uk/#!/fabric-and-reinforcement/kevlar-ara…)


NOTE for the curious:

Skin on frame boat for kids

Submitted byShawn onTue, 09/22/2020 - 19:33

I would like to build a skin boat for my 9yr old son.

I cannot find the plans for the “sea flea” by Tom Yost, but I was thinking of scaling down the multi-chine Sea Bee.

if I reduce the scale of the boat to 10’ 4” long, with 19” beam, payload would theoretically be about 125lbs (20lb boat, 65lb paddler, plus cargo)

Does anyone have thoughts or experience on this, or maybe another recommendation?

Recommendations for Cartop Carrier For Kayak

Submitted byjessicaherron onThu, 09/10/2020 - 05:13

I just bought an Old town Dirigo 106 kayak, and want to carry it on the top of my 2019 Toyota Highlander. The Highlander comes factory-equipped with rails on the top going from front to back, but I will need to also add on some additional rails going from side to side in order to carry the kayak on top without harming the finish. I choose HandiRack Universal Inflatable Bars. So the question (finally!) is whether or not someone can recommend a make/model/source of the additional rails.