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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 Petrel Play: Stripping the Bottom - Episode 5

Episode 5 Transcript

Stripping the Bottom

Hi, I’m Nick Schade at Guillemot Kayaks. Welcome to episode five of my series on building the strip-built kayak the Petrel Play.  In the last episode we stripped up the side of the kayak, in this episode we will strip across the bottom.

I hope you enjoy.

Making Petrel Play: Stripping the Side - Episode 4

Video Four in a series documenting the making of a strip built kayak. In the last episode I made the inner stems out of pine and tapered and installed the sheer strips.

Making Petrel Play: Making Inner Stems and Installing the First Strips - Episode 3

Video 3 in the series documenting the making of a strip-built kayak. Making the inner stems and installing the first strips

Making Petrel Play: Cutting Strips and Setting up Forms - Episode 2

Video 2 in a series documenting my build of the Petrel Play. In this episode I cut the strips and set up the forms.

Making Petrel Play: Introduction - Episode 1

This is the introduction to my series of videos documenting my building of a strip built Petrel Play. In this episode I describe the design, how I came up with it and what makes it special.

New Video Series on Making the Petrel Play

I've just started a new series of videos documenting the Petrel Play build I did last fall. I will be covering the whole process from buying the wood through launching the kayak. I hope to be able to release a new video every week or so. Be sure to subscribe to my Youtube page so you are kept up to date on the latest releases.