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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 a Strip Built Kayak - 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 a Strip Built Kayak - 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.

Making Petrel Play: Glassing the Hull Interior - Episode 12

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Hi, I'm Nick Schade of Guillemot Kayaks. Welcome to Episode 12 of my series on making the strip built Petrel Play kayak.

In the last episode I made the coaming of the kayak. In this episode I'll be scraping and sanding the interior of the hull before applying a layer of fiberglass, wetting it out with epoxy and then adding a light fill coat.

Making Petrel Play: Making the Coaming - Episode 11

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Hi, I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks. Welcome to Episode 13 of my series of videos on making the Petrel Play, a strip built kayak.

In the last episode I cleaned up the hull interior and then fiberglassed it. In this episode I will do the same to the deck, with the added excitement of glassing the coaming lip.

The cleanup of the deck interior proceeds in the same manner as the hull. I start with good sharp paint scrapers.