Kayaks You Can Build: An Illustrated Guide To Plywood Construction (英語) ハードカバー – 2004/8/31
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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:
- A short history of the kayak
- How to choose the right kayak for your needs and skill level
- Setting up your work area and how to build a work table and cradle forms
- Details of all the necessary tools, materials and supplies
- Tricks of the trade from ensuring the boat stays twist-free during construction to laying fiberglass cloth the easy way for a great finish
- Minimizing exposure to toxic fumes and dust
- How to avoid and correct mistakes.
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.
Writing is lucid, good-humored and easy to follow. The book's glossy color photographs are tasteful and accurate... methodical and straightforward.--Dana Wilde"Bangor Daily News" (03/07/2005)
Full of thoughtful, helpful advice... excellent guide... the next best thing to the authors' personal instruction.--Diana Mumford"Wave Length Magazine" (12/01/2005)
This book should be required reading for those thinking of building their own kayak. Recommended for comprehensive public library collections.
Hints for saving money, saving effort or saving your health... for the wooden boat builder this is an essential reference work.
Numerous tips and tricks of the trade... breaks the process into manageable, day-by-day steps.--Tod Riggio"Woodshop News" (11/01/2004)
Details rarely covered in other texts, such as finishing varnishes, deck fittings, rudders and steering gear... little gems of information.--Patricia Coppard"Victoria Times Colonist" (01/09/2005)
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.--Christopher Cunningham"Sea Kayaker" (08/01/2005)
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.--Dana Wilde"Bangor Daily News" (03/07/2005)
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.--Diana Mumford"Wave Length Magazine" (12/01/2005)
However, given plans or a kit this book will provide basic and detailed techniques, and special tricks that will help you build a very good boat. I will read it very carefully before building my next.
The organization makes it especially useful as a reference book. A little over half of it covers the techniques for building and finishing stitch and glue kayaks. The remaining portion is a step by step log of the actual building of Chesapeake Mill Creek, a Pygmy Coho, and a Bear Mountain Enterprise. The Enterprise is a hybrid with a stitch and glue hull and strip built deck.
The authors are very much on appearance rather than performance. There is much detail on varnishing. Note that the three kayaks built here do not have a hatch on the front deck (They didn't want to clutter their beautiful staining and varnishing.)so don't look for guidance on laying out your deck rigging.
This is by far the most complete reference I've seen on this type of boat construction.