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Build Your Own Stitch and Glue Night Heron at CVSW

Jan 16 2016 9:00 am
Jan 21 2016 12:00 pm

Stitch and Glue Night Heron

Build Your Own Petrel or Petrel Play

Sep 28 2015
Oct 3 2015

Meet at the Beach 2015

May 30 2015 10:00 am
May 30 2015 3:00 pm

home made kayaks on the beach in Groton

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.

 

Wooden Canoe and Kayak Building Class at WoodenBoat School

Aug 23 2015 6:00 pm
Aug 29 2015 12:00 pm

Build microBootlegger and Mystic River Tandem

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

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

Jun 14 2015 6:00 pm
Jun 20 2015 12:00 pm

Build Nymph and Night Heron

Registration starts January 2nd.

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

Milling the Cove and Bead on a Router Table

How to Set Up a Router Table to cut Cove and Bead Cedar Strips

Cut the Bead First

I like to cut the bead first because it will not get dinged up with any rough handling. The cove is more delicate due to the narrow edges. By cutting the bead first there will be fewer opportunities for damage between milling the cove and assembling the strip on your boat.

6 mile is 2 minutes in the Mystery Racing Kayak

While the weather is warm enough, I try to get out for a morning work out in some boat. Here I am in my Mystery racing kayak. This was about a week ago. Now the river is starting to ice over.

Noank Pulling Boat Preview Video

A 2 minute preview

I've been putting my new design extensive sea trials as I work on finalizing the builder's instruction manual. I'm really pleased with how the boat is performing, it has very nice glide, decent initial stability and great secondary stability, handles waves gracefully and seems quite fast. I ended up adding a small skeg (as I expected) that allows the boat to track very nicely while maintaining good maneuverability.

So You Want to Build and Sell Boats

Building Kayaks for Cash

I get a lot of calls from people with questions about going into business bulding boats. It can be hard to be realistic about the business while your head is stuck in the boat. Here are some of the questions and some long winded responses.

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