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Thin strips of wood covered with fiberglass

12 Foot Nymph

12 Foot Nymph
A minimalist pack canoe for medium sized paddlers

Laminating the Coaming Lip

I make the lip of my coaming (the part that holds on the spray skirt) by laminating a stack of thin laminations around the coaming riser (the vertical part of the coaming).

Applying a Fill Coat

A "Fill-Coat" is what I call the coat of epoxy applied after fiberglassing which is intended to fill in the weave texture of the fiberglass so that it can be sanded smooth.

Strip Planked Bootlegger Kayak Building Videos

In this series of videos I document the building of a pair of mahogany strip-planked microBootleggers. I built these boats for a customer who wanted "book-matched" mahogany strips and a carbon fiber interior built without staples.

paddling the solo microbootlegger

Installing a Solid Outer Stem

There are a couple ways to add an external stem to a kayak. While I typically use thin laminations stacked and bent and glued in place, on these boats I want a solid piece of curly maple.

Joining the Deck and Hull and Taping the Inside Seam

Joining the Deck and Hull

One of the more frequent questions I get is; "How do you put the deck back on the hull?

Smoothing the Hull Interior

The concave shape of the interior is more difficult to smooth than the exterior. The easiest tool to use is a scraper. These scrapers are not card scrapers but more like paint scrapers.

Glassing the Interior of the Coaming

To this point I have only glassed the outside of the coaming. Now that I have applied carbon fiber to the interior of the hul I can proceed to glassing the other side of the coaming.

Laying Carbon Fiber Cloth on the Deck Interior

Laying carbon fiber is not that different from fiberglass accept that it is black, and stays black. Where fiberglass starts white and becomes transparent when saturated with epoxy, carbon fiber stays opaque, so it can be tricky to tell if it is fully saturated.

Smoothing the Deck Interior

Unlike the outside where sanding is easy, the inside can be harder to to smooth. I find scrapers are the easiest way to deal with the concave surfaces.

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