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Stripping across a Feature Line

The Petrel has a distinct feature line on the front deck where there is a sharp, chine-like angle in the surface of the deck extending forward from either side of the cockpit. The feature does not extend all the way to the end of the boat, but just a few feet from the cockpit.

Continuing to Strip up the Deck

For the deck I wanted the stern to match the bow as well as book matched. I have sometimes done this by getting two consecutive flitch-cut boards using the strips from one board for the bow, and the other board for the stern. The joint in the middle near the cockpit is not very noticable because the wood matches quite closely. I was not able to find flitch cut planks for this boat.

Stripping up the Bottom

Stripping the bottom is much like installing the cheater strips, with the major difference that you need to shape and fit both ends of the strip so the length is correct. Since I am bookmatching these strips I also need to do this while maintaining the grain alignment.

Installing the Keel Strips

On this Petrel I chose to do a "side herringbone" stripping pattern on the bottom. This involves running strips down the keel line and then filling in on either side.

Stripping past the Chine

The Petrel has a hard chine. This creates some issues specific to the boat that must be dealt with. You want the strips to reach the chine evenly. I.e. you don't want the first strip to hit the chine to be high on it at one point and low on it farther down the boat. This would make a situation where part of one strip is on one side of the chine and part on another.

Petrel, my first build

Petrel, my first build

I've really enjoyed building my kayak from start to finish. I took my two daughters out to try it and we had a lot of fun together. It's fun trying a new hobby, and it was a good bonding experience for my girls and me. After perfecting my kayak, it makes me want to build another one. I really enjoyed trying out a new sport and continue to fufill it in the future.

Making Forms for a Wood Strip Kayak

I've started building a Petrel for a customer. I'll be using 3/16" western red cedar, book matching and building without staples. In this video I'm doing one of the first steps necessary to build a strip-planked boat from scratch. I'm cutting the forms.

Ready for Fiberglass

Ready for Fiberglass

Eleven weeks ago I ordered my planes, they came two days later. Before I had time to enlarge my 8'x12' shed to 8'x20'.This is my first boat and your book was a great help.
The wood I used was western red cedar and spruce to which I milled the cove and bead myself. I used some red oak for the stems and plan on using it around the coaming lip. I am waiting on the UPS man for the glass cloth. I cant wait to get this in the ocean, I live on the Outer Banks a Kayakers paradise. Will send finished photos soon.
Mike Hazen Kill Devil Hills NC

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