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Time Lapse Video of Building the Stitch and Glue Petrel Class

Over the course of five and a half days this class converts a pile of okoume plywood parts into beautiful kayaks.

Assembling the Panels and Stitching them Together then Gluing a Stitch and Glue Night Heron

The puzzle joints make assembling the plywood panels very straight forward. There is almost no way to mess up which parts go together because the puzzles will only fit together in one way. The CNC cut cut makes for very precise joints which usually fit together quite easily.

How to Make a Kayak Seat

 

 

A seat is a pretty basic need in a kayak. A good seat is the key to comfortably sitting in a kayak for hours at a time. The seat is the primary contact between the paddler and the boat and as such it is the primary tool for controling the kayak.

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.

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