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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.

Hybrid Kayak Construction sticky icon

Hybrid Sea Kayak

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

Stitch and Glue Construction sticky icon

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.

Varnishing Petrel Play

This video shows the process of varnishing the whole bottom of the Petrel Play in nearly real time. I cut a few times as I moved the camera, and there is a brief section of accelerated time as the varnish drains through the filter.

Pulling Staples, Scraping and Sanding the Petrel Play

What seems like fairly boring tasks, pulling the staples, scraping off the glue, and starting to sand are actually the time your boat makes one of its fastest transitions. I always feel the raw strips, pumped full of staples, looks pretty bad. Just pulling the staples it looks better, and everything you do from now on will make it look better and better.

Fitting Two Stage Tapers

Sometimes when fitting strips on a strip built boat you have space where multiple strips intersect. So, instead of having one simple taper, you have a combination of two different tapers. Here I show the process of creating that fit.