The Journey of a Kayak Build #1: A little about the project


This is part 1 in a 3 part series: The Journey of a Kayak Build

  1. A little about the project
  2. A Little Prep Work
  1. The Lofting Process

I have wanted to build a Kayak for some time now, and I finally have a shop that I can build in. I have spent a few years reading up on boat building and have purchased a handful of books for reference. In those books are a few that have been written by "Nick Schade" who has been a Naval Architect and has designed a number of Kayaks over the years, his plans can be purchased through Chesapeake Light Craft. 

There are other online companies that sell plans for not just Kayaks but larger boats. I have spent hours going through a number of those sites, just did not find anything that appealed to me. The books of "Schade" has a few plans in them and the lines looked good. So that is what I have ended up with for a build, in a Striped Planked Style.

This is going to be a long process here, and I will add chapters as I get further along in the build. I have no idea what I am getting into as for the time this will take.

Thanks for reading and following along, comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Oh, those Horses I posted last week were built to set this on and allow me to bend the strips in place without anything moving on me. And if any of you have built one or even built boats, please feel free to chime in if you see I might be doing something wrong. Thanks

Up next a Little Prep.

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Thanks Steve. Yes, it does. I struggled yesterday with the Lofting, finally that light bulb went off. I was making it harder than what is actually is. 

I'm not sure how long this is going to take, I would like to say around 500 hours, but I may be a hundred off either way. Nice thing is, I'm Retired.

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Ive built a couple of boats. I’ll keep an eye on you. 😉

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

following along 😍😎👍


Paul, thanks. you were one I was thinking of as I was writing this. At some point I would like to build a bigger one, but need to start small.

Tony, thanks. it is going to be fun.

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Definitely following this one Eric!  Should be a really great project for a retired fella.  Maybe I can tackle a boat in 20 years or so...
Kenny, thanks. A good project for sure, and I will be able to get out on the water in a different way and enjoy nature. It would be neat to take down a river, but to many rapids up to Class III around here. So, I think I will stick to the Lakes.

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Yeah I have spent years on our rivers in a kayak fishing for smallmouth here and there's no way I'd take a wooden one on the majority of those floats.  It would be a lake boat for me for sure.
This is an adventure that should bring a lot of new skills to you, making it all the more interesting & fun to do. Stick with it and you'll experience the gratification of learning and accomplishment. 
Have a great time.
Well the kayak season will be over in a few months I presume so you better hurry!

Plenty of jigs involved, you'll be in your element!

Wake me up when you're done Eric. Just kidding, I'll be following along.

"Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

OldTool, thanks. Yes, many new skills are ahead of me, but it will be fun.

Splinter, thanks. There is still time in the season. but if not a good Winter project.

Duck, thanks. I'll have to wake myself up when I get this thing done.

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I'll be following along.  Looks fun, Eric.

Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

Rich, thanks. It is going to be a fun project for me. Always wanted to build a boat and this will be a good way for me to get my feet wet.

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Maybe a boat builder should not say "get my feet wet"?  

--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

That is a valid point Nathan.

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With a kayak you pretty much have to get your feet wet.  It’s above the knees you want to keep dry.
i will tell story we decide to rent a pontoon one vacation at beach i was doing fine till i hit a sand barge so i jumped out was only 3 inch deep started to push boat off sand while my mom gave it gas before i knew it i was hanging off edge of boat 🤣


Ahh mothers!
They brought you into this world and they sometimes try their darndest to take you out 🤠
Pontoons are fun too.

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