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Plywood covered with Fiberglass

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Taping up the Stern
Working on taping up the deck-hull joint on a stitch and glue Night Heron at the WoodenBoat School.

Turn plywood into a beautiful sea kayak in 6 days

Sea kayaking is the sport of taking a small boat out on to the big ocean. You could buy an ordinary plastic kayak, or you could build your own which will be lighter, faster and more fun than buy.

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Stitch and Glue Sea Kayak

This method of building boats use pre-cut plywood panels that are "stitched" together along their joints and then glued. The shape of the boat is determined by the shape of the panels. The 2 dimensional flat panels are bent when they are stitched along their curved edges to the adjoining panel. The shape of the curve between the adjoining panels determines the 3 dimensional shape of the finished boat.

Refinishing Neglected Kayaks

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I'd neglected my personal stitch and glue Petrels a long time and the varnish had pretty much burned through.

If I had taken better care of them I could have just given them a light sanding, applied a coat or two of new varnish and been on my way.

But this stuff is dead. It needs to come off. Where its powdery the varnish is already gone and the epoxy is exposed.

Pulling Staples, Scraping and Sanding the Petrel Play

What seems like fairly boring tasks, pulling the staples, scraping off the glue, and starting to sand are actually the time your boat makes one of its fastest transitions. I always feel the raw strips, pumped full of staples, looks pretty bad. Just pulling the staples it looks better, and everything you do from now on will make it look better and better.

Paddling at Deception Pass

This year after the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, Washington with Chesapeake Light Craft, I volunteered to drive the Ford Flex back to Annapolis towing the Outrigger Junior on the trailer, caravaning with Joey Sch

Making the Coaming on the Stitch and Glue Night Heron

If the Stitch and Glue Night Heron has a PMLTB - Piece Most Likely to Break - it has to be the coaming riser. This is a strip of plywood about 3/4" wide by about 6' long that is bent into egg-shaped ring.