Complete Plans and Instructions for a Dinghy, a Canoe, and a Kayak You Can Build

Building Strip-Planked Boats


Nick Schade is following up the success of his first book on building kayaks with a new book providing instructions to build almost any kind of small boat using the strip-built technique.

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"Strip-planking" is a method of building boats using narrow, thin strips of wood edge-glued together. It is also commonly known as "strip-building", "woodstrip" or "cedar-strip" for the most common wood used in the process. It is a practical, easy way for inexperienced boat builders to make a wooden boat. While the method is used to make quite large boats, it is particularly well suited for small boats of the car-toppable variety.

This book describes the procedure of building a boat with strips of wood, covering those strips with fiberglass and epoxy and creating a strong, lightweight and beautiful boat from the beginning stages all the way through to completion. It provides instructions to build three very different boat, a pram style dinghy, a small, double-paddle canoe, and a high performance sea kayak. Beyond learning how to build these particular boats, the book provides enough background that you should be able to build just about any small boat using the strip-planked method.

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