The definitive handbook for kayak builders.
Kayaks are growing in popularity as a fun, low-impact way to explore the wilderness or paddle on local waters.
Combining easy-to-follow instructions with 472 color photographs, Kayaks You Can Build takes the reader, step-by-step, through the entire construction cycle of building a plywood kayak.
This simple construction process demands neither special skills nor a woodworking shop.
This book includes:
This book includes day-to-day building journals for the three most popular kayak kits. A typical stitch and glue kayak kit contains pre-cut plywood planks, epoxy and hardware.
Drawing on more than thirty years of boatbuilding and teaching experience, Kayaks You Can Build enables the first-time builder to assemble a kayak with truly professional results.
Ted Moores is the bestselling author of Canoecraft. In 1972, Moores pioneered the woodstrip/epoxy boatbuilding system for canoes and, since then, has promoted the fine art of wooden-canoe and kayak construction.
Greg Rössel builds and repairs small wooden boats and is an instructor at the Wooden Boat School in Maine. Rössel is the author of Building Small Boats.
Hints for saving money, saving effort or saving your health... for the wooden boat builder this is an essential reference work.
A well-illustrated, step-by-step guide that practically anybody, with the right tools, can follow... the writing is lucid, good-humored and easy to follow. The book's glossy color photographs are tasteful and accurate to the instructions... methodical and straightforward.
This book should be required reading for those thinking of building their own kayak. Recommended for comprehensive public library collections.
Full of thoughtful, helpful advice... With this excellent guide in hand, building a unique, custom kayak is within reach... the next best thing to the authors' personal instruction.
Numerous tips and tricks of the trade... breaks the process into manageable, day-by-day steps.
Details rarely covered in other texts, such as finishing varnishes, deck fittings, rudders and steering gear... little gems of information.
Does double duty as an inspiration to build beautiful kayaks and as a shop manual for their construction... The authors put a consistent emphasis on doing good work by the most efficient means and their approach is gratifyingly holistic... Its value is in giving prospective kit buyers a clear picture of what the project involves. It also sets a first-time builder up with a level of workmanship to shoot for. The generous helping of color photographs, especially the close-ups, is quite valuable in this regard.