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Boat Building Techniques


Information about boat building techniques

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Building the Petrel SG
Working on the deck of the Petrel SG in class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. This is day 3 of a 5 day class.

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Hybrid Sea Kayak

Hybrid construction could mean any method of building a boat which combines two different building techniques.

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Stitch and Glue Sea Kayak

This method of building boats use pre-cut plywood panels that are "stitched" together along their joints and then glued. The shape of the boat is determined by the shape of the panels. The 2 dimensional flat panels are bent when they are stitched along their curved edges to the adjoining panel. The shape of the curve between the adjoining panels determines the 3 dimensional shape of the finished boat.

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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 the Petrel Play - a Cedar Strip Kayak

An overview showing the process of building a cedar strip wooden kayak from start to finish.

Making Petrel Play - Project Recap

I hope you enjoyed this series on building the Petrel Play.

Making Petrel Play - Launch - E20

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Hi I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks, welcome the final episode of my 20 part series on making the Petrel Play a strip built kayak.

Making Petrel Play - Fitting Out - E19

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Hi I'm Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks, welcome episode number 19 of my series on making the strip built Petrel Play kayak.

Making Petrel Play - 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 Petrel Play - 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.