The Strip Built Sea Kayak: Three Rugged, Beautiful Boats You Can Build

The Strip Built Sea Kayak: Three Rugged, Beautiful Boats You Can Build

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By (author) Nick Schade

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  • Publisher: Ragged Mountain Press
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 234mm x 14mm | 360g
  • Publication date: 1 April 1998
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 007057989X
  • ISBN 13: 9780070579897
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, photographs, glossary, bibliography
  • Sales rank: 56,196

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Strip-building - assembling a pile of thin wood strips into a functional hull - has been a popular canoe-building method for many years. Now, boatbuilder Nick Schade, an engineer by training and a self-professed sea kayaking addict, has refined this time-tested method to build the more complex shapes of sea kayaks. The method is simple, forgiving, allows a liberal amount of design flexibility, and requires a minimum number of tools. It's also relatively inexpensive: about $500 to $600 for one of the designs discussed here - one-quarter the price of a factory-built model. In "The Strip-Built Sea Kayak", Schade presents full plans for three elegant designs inspired by the grace and seaworthiness of the Inuit and Aleut skin boats. Profusely illustrated instructions provide the details that will guide you through the process.A complete novice will be able to construct a finished kayak after reading nothing but this book. And for an experienced builder, the techniques here can be expanded to create the perfect boat for you. Strip-building is the most flexible, forgiving, and attractive way to build a small wood boat. Professional sea kayak builder Nick Schade presents complete plans and measurements for three kayaks: Great Auk, a fast, stable, comfortable single for beginners; Guillemot, a beautiful, high-performance single for intermediate and skilled paddlers; and Guillemot Double, a spacious kayak for two. Here's all the information you'll need to build a sturdy, elegant sea kayak, from setting up shop to making a paddle. 'Nick Schade has managed to raise the craft of strip-building to the art of graphic design in wood' - "Sea Kayaker".

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Nick Schade, an engineer by training, is a boatbuilder and writer whose articles have appeared in Sea Kayaker and Atlantic Coast Kayaker. As an impoverished college student, he designed and built his first kayak when he realized that the price of a factory model was beyond his reach. And he's been at it ever since: More than 300 of his sea kayaks are being paddled and built worldwide. Nick divides his time between shops in Connecticut and New Hampshire and paddling the shores of New England.

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"Nick Schade has managed to raise the craft of strip building to the art of graphic design in wood" Sea Kayaker

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Strip-building--assembling a pile of thin wood strips into a functional hull--has been a popular canoe-building method for many years. Now boatbuilder Nick Schade, an engineer by training and a self-professed sea kayaking addict, has refined this time-tested method to build the more complex shapes of sea kayaks. The method is simple, forgiving, allows a liberal amount of design flexibility, and requires a minimum number of tools. It's also relatively inexpensive: about $500 to $600 for one of the designs discussed here--one-quarter the price of a factory-built model. In "The Strip-Built Sea Kayak," Schade presents full plans for three elegant designs inspired by the grace and seaworthiness of the Inuit and Aleut skin boats. Profusely illustrated instructions provide the details that will guide you through the process. A complete novice will be able to construct a finished kayak after reading nothing but this book. And for an experienced builder, the techniques here can be expanded to create the perfect boat for you. Strip-building is the most flexible, forgiving, and attractive way to build a small wood boat. Professional sea kayak builder Nick Schade presents complete plans and measurements for three kayaks: Great Auk, a fast, stable, comfortable single for beginners Guillemot, a beautiful, high-performance single for intermediate and skilled paddlers Guillemot Double, a spacious kayak for two Here's all the information you'll need to build a sturdy, elegant sea kayak, from setting up shop to making a paddle. "Nick Schade has managed to raise the craft of strip-building to the art of graphic design in wood."--"Sea Kayaker"

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Part I The Background 1 Why Build A Kayak? Why Use Wood? Why Use Strips? 2 How Design Affects Performance Stability The Importance of Speed Maneuverability and Tracking Volume, or Interior Size Choosing the Right Boat Some Proven Designs 3 Tools and Materials Tools Materials 4 Lofting Offsets for the Hull Forms Offsets for the End Forms Drawing the Patterns Making Small Changes Part II The Building Process 5 Getting Started Where to Build Cutting the Strips Cutting Forms The Strongback Aligning Forms 6 Building the Hull & Deck Stripping the Hull Stripping the Deck Finishing the Ends Fairing 7 Fiberglassing and Finishing Fiberglassing The Coaming Up Making the Hatches Installing Cheek Plates Joining Hull and Deck Using a Sheerclamp Finishing Off 8 Artistic Creation Patterns from Strips Dotted Lines Dressing Up the Surface Part III After It's Done 9 Fitting Out The Seat Footbraces Knee and Thigh Braces Bulkheads Deck Lines Hatch Gaskets Grab-Loops Rudders 10 And a Paddle to Match Making the Shaft Making the Blades Rounding the Shaft Fiberglassing the Paddle Variations on a Theme Tools for Paddles Materials for Paddles 11 Maintenance and Repairs Yearly Wear and Tear Bad Scratches Dealing with Bruises Patching Holes Part IV Appendices A-1 Materials List A-2 Material & Tool Sources Wood Glass and Resin Outfitting and Tools Books A-3 Sources of Plans A-4 Custom Designing Designing Your Own Boat Stealing Designs Modifying a Design Moving the Cockpit Last Warning A-5 English and Metric Conversion Factors A-6 Safety Dangers in the Shop On the Water A-7 Glossary A-8 Bibliography Index