Kayak Building


For discussion surround the building kayaks and similar small boats

The Koryak - a rarely made skin on frame kayak

Submitted byPaul Montgomery onFri, 10/23/2020 - 18:26

I was asked to make the frame only of a Koryak, and if you haven't heard of it, it's not exactly your typical build. I will probably do a saran wrap test before I deliver it - just to see if I can actually keep it upright. Anyway, here is the video of it:

Looking for polyester fabric

Submitted byKenSpiegel onMon, 10/12/2020 - 21:35

I'd like to protect the keel of the Outer Islander I'm building with perhaps a 4" width of polyester fabric because of its abrasion resistance.  I've tried all the usual glass distributors I can find and they're not carrying it anymore.

Thought I'd ask the global community?  Looking for a way to protect this two year project's bottom from the inevitable scrapes to come once it hits the water.

Thanks all.

Ken Spiegel

We're lucky we have wood kayak chores

Submitted byJayBabina onMon, 10/12/2020 - 13:39

In this time of lock-downs and reasons to stay home, how lucky we are that we have pastimes like wood boats. I have two boats that are long over-due for a re-varnish job. I also have a coaming that needs repair or an overhaul. I also have a few woodworking jigs and fixtures that have been on the bucket list for quite a while. Its not hard for me to stay busy.  Hopefully we'll all be back to almost normal next year some time.

Stay healthy.



Skin on frame boat for kids

Submitted byShawn onTue, 09/22/2020 - 19:33

I would like to build a skin boat for my 9yr old son.

I cannot find the plans for the “sea flea” by Tom Yost, but I was thinking of scaling down the multi-chine Sea Bee.

if I reduce the scale of the boat to 10’ 4” long, with 19” beam, payload would theoretically be about 125lbs (20lb boat, 65lb paddler, plus cargo)

Does anyone have thoughts or experience on this, or maybe another recommendation?

Great Salt Lake

Submitted byPruden17 onWed, 09/02/2020 - 08:50

I remember meeting up with Scott Baxter to paddle the Great Salt Lake. That was back in ooooooh, 2006, I think. The water is heavy with all the salt dissolved in it so it does not react in typical watery fashion. What it does do it offer amazing reflections from all directions because it lays so flat...like a mirror. Follow the link to Scotts Youtube post and see how beautiful it is on the big salty.

Using a circsaw to make table saw cuts

Submitted byPruden17 onWed, 09/02/2020 - 08:22


The link takes you to Paul Montgomery's archived post which takes you to Paul's website. The jig he made is very useful if you don't like having to set up your table saw each time you need to use it. I will be fixing one up for myself.

Kayak Forum Issues

Submitted byadmin onFri, 08/28/2020 - 16:54

I apologize for the forum going dead for a few days. I didn't notice right away, but I have spent the last two days tracking down issues. Something infected my directories on my web host with some malware. Two days plus $250 later we are at least back online.

I am trying to update the Kayakforum CMS to the latest version but there is something weird about the configuration and the automatic update system is puking on the project. I could do it the old fashioned way by copying various files into various directories, but it would make life better if the automated system worked.

What Grit for Final sanding of a Strip Built boat?

Submitted byJohn VanBuren onWed, 08/19/2020 - 04:46


    I am at the stage in building my first Strip Built boat where I will be moving on to final sanding of the hull prior to the initial coat of epoxy. At which grit do you folks stop when sanding the bare Cedar Hull? I have just about finished the fairing of the hull with my ROS and 50 Grit.

Thank you,

John VB