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Free Stitch and Glue Kayak Plans
I've decided to make the plans for my Stitch & Glue Guillemot available to internet users as "share ware". If you end up building this boat please send me a photograph of the results.
If you don't want to deal with lofting from the offsets, you can use the PDF at the bottom of this page or order the hardcopy prints from me.
You can read my experiences making this kayak in the journal I tried to keep as I built it. For now the journal will have to suffice for building instructions. After some sea trials I feel that it is a pretty good boat. Not as nice as my strip-built designs, but respectable.
While building it I had some trouble with the shape. I feel the problem lies in my building technique not in the panel shapes. Some forms distributed along the length while the seams cure should help the problem. I'm not suggesting a strong back, just cutouts inserted in the right place until the epoxy cures.
Click on the graphics below to get text files of the offsets
Panel offsets (all units are Inches)
Forms offsets (all units are Inches). These forms may not fit at exactly their design location. Use them as guides for the shape. The hardest part is the ends.
Once you have epoxied the hull it becomes very stiff, especially at the ends. You will not be able to adjust it to fit the deck.
I suggest temporarily stitching the hull and the deck (no epoxy) and then matching them together dry, so you can see the proper shape. Locate the forms so you can reproduce the right shape. This is a very complicated shape for a stitch-and-glue and it will be difficult to make work.
John Coppens has a nice set of pages describing the kayak construction process. His description is in both Spanish and English
These plans are not are NOT PUBLIC DOMAIN. I retain copyright on this design and reserve all rights.
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