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Installing Cheek Plates in the Kayak Cockpit

While many people mount these hip-braces or as I call them "cheek plates" so they extend from the deck and are attached to the hull at the bottom as well. I prefer to just have them attached to the deck. In this way I don't get a hard spot in the hull that might cause cracks as the boat flexes.

Feed-Through Kayak Deck Fittings

I've got mixed feelings about deck lines. All those pieces of string running around the deck mess up the beauty of the wood, but if you should end up swimming next to the boat for some reason, having something to grab onto may save your life. I am even more ambivalent about hatch hold-down systems.

Picture Books...

I put together a couple small photo books showing an overview of the building process for my Nymph canoe and Petrel kayak. I orginally made these to bring to shows to help explain to people how I make my boats. I got a fair number of requests from people who wanted a copy of the books, so I've put the books up on Lulu.

Fine Strip-Planked Boat Construction at CVSW

Aug 29 2011 2:42 pm
Sep 3 2011 2:42 pm

In this class we will build two of Nick's popular boat designs. Each boat is quite different cedar strip boats. Nymph is a sweet little double paddle canoe. It is lightweight and fun to paddle. The Night Heron is an elegant sea kayak. These two boats will give people a well rounded experience in using the woodstrip method of constructing small boats.

Overview of Making the Cockpit Coaming

Preparation

The hole pretty much defines the shape so cutting the hole accurately is step one.

Carbon/Kevlar, Carbon Fiber and Glass on the Petrel Interior

You don't need to see more sanding, but that is what needs to happen before glassing the inside so I kept the sanding footage to a minimum in this video. Next I added a fillet in the chine. The Petrel has a hard chine aft of the cockpit, while it doesn't need a fillet adding one will strengthen the corner and make it easier to lay in the fabric.

Putting an Accent Strip on a Stained Hull

Like the feature line on the deck, I wanted to have a bright maple accent along the sheer line between the deck and hull.

Suggested Tools for Strip-Planked Boatbuilding Classes

The workshops where these classes are held are generally very well equipped, however there may not be enough of every tool for everyone, so to get the most out of your time in class, it is a good idea to bring whatever tools you can.

Applying Fill Coats - Light and Heavy

I'm applying two different sort of fill coats in this video. One is quite light and the other is heavier. The hull will eventually get another layer of fiberglass, after I have joined the deck in place.

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