While I am new to the group, I have a bit of experience with strip
kayak building (in addition to a bit of woodworking and cabinet
making as well). The first piece of advice i can offer is to try to
find a copy of Nick Schade's book "The Strip Built Sea Kayak" which
is available on his web site www.guillemot-kayaks.com (perhaps in a
local library but I wouldn't hold my breath there). In his book he
has a few different designs from which you can choose. The plans
are very reliable (my father and I worked together on the Great Auk
and I have also done the Guillemot Expedition - the Guillemot only a
little longer) and fairly straight forward to build. The best part
is after you spend the $20 on the book, you get the plans for 3
boats for free. The book is also a great reference for any
questions you have on the "how" of strip building. You will
probably be able to come up with some more efficient methods than he
presents what with your woodworking/cabinet making experience.
Good luck on your first boat. Beware, once you start, you're likely
to find that you can't stop and will soon end up with 5 boats!
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> Hello group,
> I am new to strip-building, I have 4 years exp. in general
> woodworking, and cabinet making, and want to try my hand at
> a kayak.
> I have done lots of research about the process, and am ready to
> it a whirl. I want to build a kayak, that I can use in the in-land
> waters of tampa bay, for fishing, and paddling. So a general type
> kayak would probably suit my needs.
> Not knowing which design to chose, I am reluctant to plunk down
> bucks on a set of plans.
> If someone can direct me to a good proven design, or to a set of
> lower cost (free would be nice) plans for starters I would
> appreciate it greatly.
> Thanks in advance!