There are several methods of building wooden kayaks.
The strip built method involves starting with a framework of forms or stations. These forms are covered with strips of wood, generally cedar, although other woods can be used. The hull is constructed first and then the deck. All surfaces are covered with fiberglass cloth and epoxy resin. The resin turns the fiberglass transparent and highlights the beauty of the wood. The cockpit coaming and hatches are built and the hull and deck are joined together. Three coats of epoxy are applied in total. The completed boat is sanded smooth and many coats of quality marine varnish are applied. This forms the first layer of defense against ultraviolet rays and scratches. Graphite powder mixed with epoxy can also be used on the bottom of the hull to ward off scratches. Perimeter lines and bungee cord are then installed to secure your gear and for safety.
The Stitch and Glue method uses thin marine grade plywood to form the hull and the deck. Panels are cut to shape and wired together to form the hull. Glues are used to hold the panels together and then the wires are removed. Fiberglass is once again used to make the boat waterproof and strong. The deck can be built using plywood or cedar strips. This second method makes the boat a "hybrid". It allows the hull to go together easily while letting the builder and client be creative designing a beautiful deck pattern.
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