Guillemot Kayaks Newsletter
has been a busy winter for me here in Groton. My new book is about to
be released, I've just about finished my new workshop, I've upgraded my
website, and I'm still teach classes and preparing new boats to bring
The New Book is Done!
I just received a couple cases of the new book directly from the printer. It looks great. I am now accepting and shipping orders.
"Building Strip-Planked Boats" picks up where "The Strip-Built Sea Kayak"
left off, including my latest techniques to turn a pile of thin strips
into a rugged, practical, beautiful boat. Instead of sticking to just
kayaks, I have included a dinghy, a canoe as well as the inevitable kayak.
contains information for the first time builder as well as techniques
to take the experienced builder to the next level. I'm excited to see
it, I've put a lot of time and effort into this book and I think you
will like it.
My old website configuration was getting a little long in the tooth. I
found people were having a hard time finding things and I have to admit
it was a little disorganized. Take a look at the new website, where you will find a blog, and updated gallery of boats (including the ability to post your own pictures), and an improved product catalog.
Probably the most interesting part of the blog is I'm using it to post my latest ideas about building techniques.
Shop Tips: Trimming Strips to a Line
There are often situations where you need to trim a group of strips to
follow a line, such as a chine or keel line. You could start by
eye-balling the taper on each strip and hoping when you have finished
installing them all that you have a smooth, fair line or, you could
install a temporary strip then fit each strip one-at-a-time against
that strip, but the easiest is to start by not doing any special
Install all the strips in the area, with them over-hanging
the desired line. Then draw the line where you want to trim, cut just
above that line with a saw and then trim down to the line with a plane.
first trick is to establish a smooth, fair line. Some plans will
include reference lines on the form patterns to help define where the
line is. For example if you are trimming to a keel line, the plans may
include a center line on the forms. Otherwise you can just identify an
angle in the shape, such as a chine that you will be working on.
Strip Building Workshop
you prefer seeing something done before you are ready to give it a try
yourself? This one day workshop will give you the chance to see the
process from stripping through fiberglassing first hand. You will have
a chance to ask questions, get your hands a little dirty, and witness
how the whole thing is done.
The class is in the workshops of the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. They will handle all registration. If you would like to schedule a workshop or boatbuilding presentation in your area, please contact me.
Date: May 2, 2009 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, Manchester, CT
|New Plans: Matunuck Surf Kayak
know some people have been waiting a long time, but the plans for the
Matunuck Surf Kayak are now available. This kayak is specifically
designed for playing on surf breaks. It is much like a surf board that
you sit inside.
The plans include a complete instruction manual published by Chesapeake Light Craft.
New Plans: Sea Island Sport
The Sea Island Sport is great little sit on top kayak suitable for
fishing or casual paddling. It has an efficient, easy to paddle shape,
and a roomy, comfortable seating area that lets your legs stay
This stitch and glue design includes a full instruction manual published by Chesapeake Light Craft.
have been designing kayaks and other small boats for over 20 years. I
take pride in being an enthusiastic user of my boats, going out all
year long even during New England's cold winter, so I know what works
and what doesn't in real, practical terms. A lot of people have
theories on how boats should be designed and built, we have
on-the-water experience using what we make and can stand by our
product with confidence.
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