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Strip Built Boat Plans
Plans for building strip-built boats. "Strip building", (sometimes known as strip-planked, wood strip, or cedar strip) is a fault tolerant method to build a boat. You bend thin strips of wood around forms, gluing the strips together as you cover the forms. You then sand the strips smooth and coat them with a layer of tough, transparent fiberglass cloth and epoxy. The result is a beautiful, strong and lightweight boat.
Nick Schade has been designing and building cedar strip boats since 1986, and is the author of two books on the subject. These original designs draw on the years of experience to create unique high performance designs that move easily on the water as well as look stunning on land.
For more in-depth descriptions of the designs listed below you may look through the strip-built boat design browser.
Full size plans to build the Petrel "Play" recreational sea kayak. The Petrel Play is a strip-built kayak that you can build yourself with these full-size drawings.
The Petrel Play fits in a cross-over space between recreational kayaks and sea kayaks. It is stable and roomy enough for novice paddlers and those who enjoy relaxing paddles in sheltered water. It is also responsive and sea worthy enough to go out in rough open water to surf or play in tide races.
Full size plans to build the elegant microBootlegger Sport recreational sea kayak.
Complete construction drawing with each form drawn out individually and at full size. Units are in both English and Metric, but because most of the design is documented as full size patterns there is very little measuring. Cut out the patterns and trace or just cut out around the lines.
My book "Building Strip-Planked Boats" is recommended as the instructions.
Full size plans to build the Coot pram style dinghy. These plans include all the forms and plywood parts drawn at full size needed to build the boat.
Instructions for building Coot are included in Nick's book "Building Strip Planked Boats"