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Recreational Kayak


Small solo kayaks suitable for sheltered water, ponds, calm rivers and lakes.

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A sunny summer day on a small lake or pond just cries out for a small boat. A recreational kayak can be just the thing. Intended to be small and easy to handle, not requiring much skill, comfortable and stable, recreational kayaks provide the ideal craft for poking around, watching wildlife, or just floating care-free on a mirror smooth pond.

Making the Petrel Play - a Cedar Strip Kayak

An overview showing the process of building a cedar strip wooden kayak from start to finish.

Making Petrel Play - Project Recap

I hope you enjoyed this series on building the Petrel Play.

Making Petrel Play - Launch - E20

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Hi I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks, welcome the final episode of my 20 part series on making the Petrel Play a strip built kayak.

Making Petrel Play - Fitting Out - E19

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Hi I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks, welcome episode number 19 of my series on making the strip built Petrel Play kayak.

Making Petrel Play - Varnishing - E18

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Hi I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks, welcome episode number 18 of my series on making the strip built Petrel Play kayak.

In the previous episode I did the final prep work including fill coats and sanding. In this episode I'll varnish and varnish and varnish again.

Making Petrel Play - Outer Seam, Final Sanding and Prep - E17

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Hi I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks, welcome episode number 17 of my series on making the strip built Petrel Play kayak.

In the previous episode I installed the outer stems and di the final fiberglassing. In this episode I'll glass the outside seam, do the final fill coats and then final sanding.

The hatch is flush which makes it hard to lift. A little thumb-dent creates a spot to get a finger under the edge to open the hatch.

Making Petrel Play: Outer Stems and More Glass - E16

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Hi I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks, welcome episode number 18 of my series on making the strip built Petrel Play kayak.

In the previous episode I did the final prep work including fill coats and sanding. In this episode I'll varnish and varnish and varnish again.

Making Petrel Play: Joining Deck & Hull - Episode 15

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Hi I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks, welcome episode number 15 of my series on make the strip planked Petrel Play kayak.

In the last episode I installed a hatch, deck line fittings and did end pours, in this episode I'll finish up the hatch and varnish the interior of both the deck and hull before joining them together.

Making Petrel Play: Hatches and Deck Hardware - Episode 14

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Hi I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks, welcome the 14th episode in my series on building the strip built Petrel Play kayak.

In the last episode I glassed the coaming and the deck interior. In this episode I'll cut and install the hatch, install the deck fittings and cheek plates and make end-pours.