The definitive how-to manual for the most popular method of amateur boatbuilding.
Stitch-and-glue boatbuilding may be the most popular method of amateur boatbuilding today. In this method the home builder cuts out marine plywood panels to prescribed shapes, then puts them together with wire stitches long enough to glue and seal the seams with epoxy. Once the epoxy cures, the stitches are removed, and the result is a handsome, strong, watertight boat.
Stitch-and-Glue Boatbuilding lays out the basic building techniques; outlines the shortcuts and pitfalls; shows how to design your own boat or choose a plan to build from; how to select tools and materials; and how to paint, finish, and outfit the boat.
Part One: Building Techniques
4.Epoxy and Fiberglass
5.Fiberglass and Fasteners
6.Tools and a Shop
7.Boat Plans and Designs
8.Drawing and Cutting the Hull Panels
10.Assembling the Hull
11.Gluing the Hull
12.Sheathing the Hull
13.Installing the Deck
14.Furniture and Fitting Out
15.Painting and Varnishing
Part Two: Designs and Building Instructions for Eleven Boats and a Sailing Rig
16esapeake 16 LT, 17 LT, 18 LT, Double, and Triple Kayaks
18.Mill Creek 13, 15, and 16.5 Kayaks
19.North Bay Kayak
20.Oxford Rowing Shell
21.SailRig for Kayaks
Metric Conversion Table
"Praise for Chris Kulczycki's The Kayak Shop. Recommended reading for anyone who wants to paddle a boat of their own creation." Sea Kayaker
"This book should prove to be one of the standards on boatbuilding that will be on every small boat builder's bookshelf." Upper Midwest Kayak Touring News
For 13 years Chris Kulczycki has been a successful designer of wooden kayaks and kayak kits, and the owner of Chesapeake Light Craft, Inc., a business that offers wooden boat, kits, plans, and boatbuilding supplies. Earlier this year he sold Chesapeake Light Craft to a group of investors. In addition to The Kayak Shop and The New Kayak Shop, he has written for SAIL, Sea Kayaker, Cruising World, Ocean Navigator, and Fine Woodworking magazines. In his writing he draws on his many years of experience as an instructor at the WoodenBoat School to anticipate and solve the problems faced by the novice boatbuilder.