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Strip Built


Thin strips of wood covered with fiberglass

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A strip built boat is made of small strips of wood so if you were wondering where the name came from, now you know. The method is often called cedar strip, because the wood used is typically cedar. It does not have to be. Any straight grained, light-weight wood can be used. I have used redwood, pine, and mahogany as well as Alaskan cedar, western red cedar, northern white cedar, and atlantic white cedar.

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The strip built sea kayak.

The Strip-Built Sea Kayak

"Three Rugged Beautiful Boats You Can Build"

By Nick Schade
Published by Ragged Mt Press, a division of McGraw-Hill


 

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Strip planked kayak

Strip building is the craft of turning a pile of thin strips of wood into a high-performance, durable boat.

Making Petrel Play: Fiberglassing the Hull - Episode 9

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Hi, I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks. Welcome to Episode 9 of my series on building Petrel Play, a cedar-strip kayak.

Making Petrel Play: Fitting the Cockpit Recess - Episode 8

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Hi, I’m Nick Schade, the designer, builder and owner of Guillemot Kayaks. Welcome to episode 8 of my series on making the Petrel Play strip built kayak. 

Making Petrel Play: Scraping and Sanding - Episode 7

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Hello, I’m Nick Schade the owner, designer and builder at Guillemot Kayaks. We are up to episode 7 of my series on building the Petrel Play. I am making this kayak using the strip built method.

Making Petrel Play: Stripping the Deck - Episode 6

Episode 6 Transcript

Hi I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks. Welcome to Episode 6 of my series of videos on building the Petrel Play.

Making Petrel Play: Stripping the Bottom - Episode 5

Episode 5 Transcript

Stripping the Bottom

Hi, I’m Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks. Welcome to episode five of my series on building the strip-built kayak the Petrel Play.  In the last episode we stripped up the side of the kayak, in this episode we will strip across the bottom.

I hope you enjoy.

Making Petrel Play: Stripping the Side - Episode 4

Video Four in a series documenting the making of a strip built kayak. In the last episode I made the inner stems out of pine and tapered and installed the sheer strips.

Making Petrel Play: Making Inner Stems and Installing the First Strips - Episode 3

Video 3 in the series documenting the making of a strip-built kayak. Making the inner stems and installing the first strips