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Old 12-08-2012, 09:12 AM   #1
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Gang,

I am thinking of building a kayak this winter from a kit. Poked around on line and there are some really pretty boats out there. Not looking for data on brands, etc right now.

You guys have spent a lot of time in your 'yaks and on the water and I am curious about what you think of wooden boats. Seems to be more popular up North and in the Northwest. Probably would do more cruising than fishing.

I have a sit on top 'yak, a paddle board so have some experience with paddle craft. I have built a few small wooden boats in the past as well -- though not expert by any means.

Thoughts? Pitfalls? Watch outs?

Thanks
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:22 AM   #2
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I ran into a couple in rocky bayou in niceville with a beautiful sit in wood kayak the guy built. It was was awesome. He told us the wood he used by I don't remember, no clue if it waa from a kit. Only hesitation I'd have is how salt water would be on the components. Good luck tho.
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They are gorgeous boats when done right. I am thinking of glassing the inside and out, though not sure how much this would detract from wood. Cypress jon boats I used to build used fiberglass tape on all the joints and the rest was varnished with multiple coats
They held up really well but were not in salt water and were stored in a dry shed
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Wood kayaks are much lighter and faster than plastic ones. They are a lot of fun to paddle.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:18 AM   #5
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Try finding a book by Ted Moore "KayakCraft". A good "how to book" of plans and techniques.

I too want to build one of cypress and cedar. I think using monel staples via an air nailer would workout well.
And then a thin LineX clear coating.
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While you are looking, check these sites.


www.jemwatercraft.com/
On this one, look to the upper right & click on the “Tutorials” & “Forum” tags.
On the forum, be sure to look over the “Builders Log”.
My dream is to build his “Sabalo SOT “ with a mirage drive.




www.southernpaddler.com/phpBB3/

This one has lots of chitchat about Yaks, Pirogues & Canoe building & other general bragging.

As for books, try, “Stitch-and-glue Boatbuilding” by Chris Kulczychi, “Ultralight Boatbuilding” by Thomas J. Hill & “Building Classic Small Craft” by John Gardner. (This one is mostly plans but still has lots of good info).

You may also want to check out “www.Woodenboat.com”.


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This guy may be able to help you out too.

http://www.lostangler.com/blog/
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Cool, thanks guys.
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Here's a company that sells both kits and plans. These are for stitch and glue.
http://www.pygmyboats.com/boat-kits.html

Pretty boats and not cheap at all!
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Here's a company that sells both kits and plans. These are for stitch and glue.
http://www.pygmyboats.com/boat-kits.html

Pretty boats and not cheap at all!


Pigmy yak kits & plans are very good.
When I was in Colorado, I built the Coho HI from the kit.
http://www.pygmyboats.com/boats/coho-hi-kayak-kit.html

Because it was my first build, I had many questions & bothered the pi$$ out of their engineers & a couple of local guys who had also built their boats.
It also took me about twice e as long to build it as they said.

I can’t tell you how well it performed because when my bud’s & I took it out for it’s maiden voyage & sea trial, some guy offered me more money for it than I felt I could afford to turn down. So I only got to paddle it for about 10 minutes. In that time however, my buds & I were very well impressed & it looked like it would be a great touring/paddling boat but would suck for fishing.

Having said all that, if I were to build another yak it would be a SOT & it would be the Sabalo from Jem watercraft.
Here is a link to it.
http://www.jemwatercraft.com/Sabalo.php
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