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Meet at the Beach 2016

Jun 4 2016 10:00 am

Once again we will be gathering at Bluff Point. For more years than I care to remember wooden kayak enthusiasts have met at the beach at Bluff Point State Park in Groton, Connecticut. We will be gathering again this year. Come see what builders have made over the winter. Test paddle kayaks that you are interested in building. Talk to other people who like wooden kayaks.

The Process of Building a Wooden Kayak

Like any project, you can build a kayak quickly, or you can take pains with every step. While I am a big advocate of working quickly so you can get the kayak finished and start paddling, when I build custom boats for clients, I work with a bit more patience. This video shows some of the steps I took to make a bespoke kayak for a client. Many of the steps shown here are the hard way to do things. 

Fine Strip-Planked Boat Class at WoodenBoat School - Nymph Canoe and Night Heron Kayak

Sep 11 2016 6:00 pm
Sep 17 2016 12:00 pm

Build Nymph and Night Heron

Registration starts January 4th.

If you can't make this September class, take a look at the one in June.

Fine Strip-Planked Boat Class at WoodenBoat School - microBootlegger Kayak and Mystic River Tandem Canoe

Jun 12 2016 6:00 pm
Jun 18 2016 12:00 pm

Build microBootlegger and Mystic River Tandem

Registration starts January 4th.

If you can't make the June class, take a look at the one in September.

Smoothing the interior of a strip planked boat with a scraper and sandpaper

Smoothing the interior of a strip built boat is always a challenge. A random orbital sander usually doesn't fit the curved surface well and risks digging horseshoe shaped divots in the wood. What I find works well for me is a really sharp paint scraper shaped to match the surface, and hand sanding with very rough sandpaper.

Fitting a Cockpit Recesss

 There are a variety of ways to install a recess around a cockpit. Some people like to install the recess first and then fit the strips to the existing shape. I have found it is more efficient and the results are better if I strip the deck first and then cut a hole to accept the recess.

Guillemot Kayaks Bucket Hat

Guillemot Kayaks Paddling Bucket Hat
$39.99

This nylon "boonie" hat will keep the sun off your ears and face while paddling. Khaki green with a adjustment strap to snug up on all sized heads it also includes an adjustable chin strap to keep it from flying away in a stiff breeze. "Guillemot Kayaks" is embroidered on the front in case you forget how to spell the source of your boat design.

The wide brim is effective at keeping sun out of your eyes and saltwater off your glasses. The light nylon won't take up much room in your drybag

Guillemot Kayaks Cap

Guillemot Kayaks Cap
$15.99

Keep the sun off  your baldspot with a black cotton military style cap with the Guillemot Kayaks logo embroidered across the front. One size fits all with a velcro adjustment on the back. Suitable for on the water or on the beach, the size can be adjusted so it doesn't blow off in a wind.

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