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How to Make a Kayak - Fiberglassing the Inside

I'm using 4 ounce glass on the inside. I did not have a long enough roll to cover the whole deck in one piece so I pieced it together with an overlap at the front and back of the cockpit. I also slipped a strip of carbon fiber in between the layers behind the cockpit.

How to Make a Kayak - Cleaning up the Interior

For me cleaning up the inside of the boat is one of the least satisfying aspects of building the kayak. Everything is concave so most of tools have trouble working on the interior surface. On the outside you can use a tool with a straight/flat working face because that face will easily contact the surface to do its job.

How to Make a Kayak - Fiberglassing the outside

Cleanup

I tend to drip a lot of epoxy on the floor while I work, so I start by cleaning up whatever crud has accumulated so it does not become petrified. After sweeping the floor, dust off the boat.

How to Make a Kayak - Staining with an Edge

Two Tone Staining

Although I used different color woods to make a pattern on this boat, after looking at it for a bit I decided the contrast could use a little more "pop".

How to Make a Kayak - Scraping, Sanding and Fairing and Dust Control

Scraping

I first scrape the boat with a heavy duty paint scraper. This removes the any glue drips and starts to knock the corners off the strips.

Making the Coaming Recess for a Strip Kayak

Cutting Out the Cockpit

I made a paper pattern to define the size and shape of the cockpit recess area. The one I used here shows what remains on the deck, where I could have a paper pattern that constitutes the shape of the recess. Either way works.

Removing Staples from a Strip Built Boat

The Staple Remover

There are lots of ways to remove the staples from a strip-built boat.

Building the Night Heron Videos

I'm building a Night Heron kayak using cove and bead western red cedar. I'm taking some video as I go. I hope you find the following helpful.

Stripping the deck of the Night Heron kayak using Cove and Bead cedar strips

Sheer Strips

Like the hull, I used strips taped to the bottom of a bench plane to make consistent width strips with the bead removed.

Cove and Bead Strips on a Night Heron

Starting a New Build

I'm starting on a Night Heron. This one is being made with 3/16" western red cedar strip. I'm using cove and bead strips this time to help make the build go a little faster. I'm not bothering to book match and I am stapling.

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