Strip Built

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

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

What Grit for Final sanding of a Strip Built boat?

Submitted byJohn VanBuren onWed, 08/19/2020 - 04:46

Hi!

    I am at the stage in building my first Strip Built boat where I will be moving on to final sanding of the hull prior to the initial coat of epoxy. At which grit do you folks stop when sanding the bare Cedar Hull? I have just about finished the fairing of the hull with my ROS and 50 Grit.

Thank you,

John VB

is the 'upload' feature working on the kayakforum?

Submitted byhoward onFri, 08/14/2020 - 07:30

i am trying to sort out if its a problem with me/my computer or the site.  i have been trying to upload a picture of latest work but keep getting an error message when i try to upload

thanks for any help.

Panthera 507

Submitted byJohnAbercrombie onMon, 07/13/2020 - 23:42

Without picture uploads there's not much to say, but I thought I'd mention that I'm putting the finishing touches on a Bjorn Thomassen Panthera.

Hope to have it on the water in a couple of days.

I wanted a rudder boat for day paddles and possible short trips, so built a short (507cm) version of Panthera ('High Deck' variant, I like room for my feet...).

Perhaps some kayak sailing; I've planned the attachment points for the stays and mast step.

West Clear over MAS?

Submitted bydaviddewitt onFri, 07/10/2020 - 10:39

I am in the process of building a CNC Vember and used MAS LV epoxy for the layup and initial fill coat.  This is the second boat I have built using MAS recently.  While I love the ease of wet out, the bubbles are driving me crazy. On this particular boat I applied an initial seal coat and let the boat cure overnight.   The layup was performed at a constant 75 degrees (as measured by a digital thermometer sitting adjacent to the boat).   The first fill coat was applied by brush (using Nick’s suggested technique) according to the cotton swap test.

Foot Brace + Seat

Submitted bybug_hunter onWed, 07/08/2020 - 22:23

Hey Guys,

Moving along with my Resolute build.  Working from KayakCraft (no kit).  Used redwood, poplar and walnut.  Done stripping, and getting ready to put the glass on the deck, and thinking ahead to the interior.  Given that this is my first kayak, I can use some help in fitting it out.  I am looking for a reasonably priced, and comfortable seat, and some foot braces.  Any suggestions and recommendations would be apprecaited.

Thanks,

Greg

Easy and Cheap Long Board for Sanding

Submitted byJohn VanBuren onSun, 07/05/2020 - 10:27

Hi!

    I am in the process of closing the "football" on a Wee Lassie II canoe I am building. And I found myself in need of a longboard sanding device.  

    Since this is the first Strip-Built boat I have built I decided I did not want to spend a lot of $ on a longboard. (I am unsure if I wat to build more boats using this process.)  And I did not want to take the time to get the pieces and build one.

Petrel Play Chine line

Submitted bySSpencer onTue, 06/16/2020 - 19:43

I've stripped just beyond the chine line on the Petrel Play and now want to mark it and cut it (as Nick does in his Episode 4 video "Stripping the Sides."  I have used the jig he shows to mark the outside of the sides according to the diagonal mark on the forms.  Given that I can't reach the diagonals on form 2 and 14, I'm not exactly sure where I should align the chine cut at the ends of the boat.  Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, Steven

Epoxy disaster!

Submitted bypifferl onThu, 06/11/2020 - 09:01

Boy I messed this up!  I was putting on the epoxy, using a MAS 2:1 epoxy.  After I was finished and I was marveling at the job, I noticed that there were a few spots that were missed.  I had very little epoxy left so when I poured it out there was not enough to align with a mark on the graduated plastic cups I was using, so I eyeballed the ratio.  Bottom line, the ratio was bad and now wherever I put this last bit of expoxy is soft 4 days later.  Areas where I did not hit with this mis-ratio’d batch is OK.