one of the simplest way to build boats.
These are designed to make boat building an
the price of resin is dependent on the
price of oil, solid
GRP boats are becoming more expensive.
The price of
wood on the other
even if using epoxy in the
construction, building a Wooden Boat is increasingly becoming a popular
is a bewildering array
of wooden boat kits available from the simplest small boat to the large
will find something to
suit all needs and skill levels.
main advantage for the
home builder is that kits eliminate the need to for lofting. All those
parts are pre-cut ready for assembly.
suppliers these days use
computer controlled routers to cut the sections which, should eliminate
What you get with your boat
wooden boat kits will
supply everything needed.
will usually say what
extras you will need to finish with a usable craft.
time needed to build your
boat will be greatly reduced by having the work of cutting out done for
suppliers will often give
a building time. However, bear in mind that these times will vary
first time builder, working on the kitchen table will take considerably
than a skilled person in a fully equipped workshop.
of the simplest of
designs can and often are among the most beautiful.
the joy and fun of
messing about in your own boat will be greatly enhanced by knowing you
the Ilur dinghy with a new NC cut
Francois Vivier Naval Architect
Wooden Boat Kit Construction
two most common Wooden
boat kits methods of construction are stitch
and glue and
simplest kits use the
stitch and glue method.
need less skill, are
quicker to build and can produce a just as strong a boat as traditions
stitch and glue can
vary in complexity, from the very simple hard chine boats to quite
multi-chine and lapstrake.
of the simplest require
only four pieces to be glued together.
Just because they are simple
to build doesn't
mean that they are
not good to look at.
methods have their
advantages and disadvantages.
for a truly
beautiful boat, strip planking is for many the way to go.
planking will however
mean a lot more pieces and a lot more joints to glue.
it may not be the
quickest method the individual steps are not difficult. And it does
allow for a
lot of individual creativity.
will however, be a lot
more finishing to do. All those strips will need faring to give a
first real experience of boating on my own was as a young teenager in a
on frame canoe.
can still remember being
lost in the moment, the feeling of serenity and peace as I slid among
shallows looking out for fish and bird life.
was only a small lake, or
I should say lough as it was in Ireland and only half a mile from home
there was a road running around three sides but for me in my canoe it
Atlantic, the North West Frontier, it was heaven.
last canoe experience was
on a beautiful sea lough on the west coast of Scotland, with three
though the years may have
dulled my imagination that was an equally magical experience.
first experience was in
what is usually called a canoe the latter in what is referred to as a
where the distinction
between kayak and canoe lies is rather blurred.
there are 3 types
The Kayak which has a
closed cockpit and the paddler
uses a double ended paddle.
The open canoe which
includes the American Indians
style which is normally larger than a kayak and where the paddler
using a single bladed paddle.
Canoe which is similar to the kayak
but which tends to be less streamlined, beamer, more stable and more
least that is the basic
distinction as I see it however, there are hundreds of
to suit different conditions and uses.
rushing into choosing
a canoe it's vital you know what to look for.
a canoeing club will
give you the perfect opportunity
to try before you buy a wooden boat kit, usually they will allow you to
the essentials such as the boat, paddles and safety
from being a magical
experience canoeing is a great water sport which will keep your body
new to kayaking who is thinking of building their own, would do
well to join a club.
will not only allow you
to borrow the essentials such as the boat, paddles and try out the
talk to experienced kayakers and decide which style of boat to go
is a huge choice of
plans and wooden boat kits available, to suit all levels of both
However, building your own
boat is wonderfully
when someone compliments you on your creation.
what better way to spend
those dark, cold winter evenings.
building your own
wooden boat kit will cost a fraction of the price of a ready built
are three main types of
home building methods.
Wood strip or 'strippers',
of them can be made with
common hand tools, though some power tools will make your work a lot
cost will depend on
whether you buy a complete kit, or you choose to buy a set of plans and
forget to allow
for essential gear such as paddles and buoyancy aids.
might also want to equip
yourself with a wetsuit, neoprene shoes and perhaps a trailer or roof
if you are considering
touring in your kayak a spray skirt, bilge pump, spare paddle, compass,
radio, navigation charts and camping supplies are among the host of
you will need.
essentials that you will need when building
if you want a boat
that is seaworthy and one to be proud of don't
you will need plenty
of room so you can work all round her and good ventilation for when
epoxies, paint or varnish. And don't forget about getting her out
she is fully built.
time and effort you put
into building your own kayak will be well worth the effort when you
her, push away from land, take that first stroke and float free.