a kayak- do it yourself?
Why building a wooden sea kayak?
- exactly the desired model with ideal dimensions, esp. interesting
for smaller and/or lighter kayakers or for people with special
- saving of expenses compared to buying ready-made
- light-weight, therefore the boat becomes easier to handle
e.g. loading the boat onto the car when the beefiness has dwindled
away after a joyful trip
- Timber has the „golden touch“ no plastic boat
can compete with
- being creative, seeing something grow and, most importantly,
having fun building
To meet typical concerns:
"A wooden kayaks breaks so easily"
Timber is a very robust and yet flexible material.
It is used since medieval times for the fabrication of boats.
For whom that's not enough: modern glues and varnishes work wonder.
Coating timber with fibreglas and expoy resins (so-called sandwich-building)
reenforces enormously the folding, compressional and tensile properties.
"Only for experienced craftspeople"
You don't have to be a certified carpenter! Some crafty
aptness, but mainly patience and fun experimenting are required.
There is always something to fiddle about, and what looks like a
goof-up at first sight, does not have to be one.
"Only with a super-well-equipped workshed and
No, ultimately you can get by with a pencil, some
hand tools (saw, rasp, drill), a scale or single-use syringes and
sanding paper. However, the room has to be long enough. A few power
tools ease the work load, see tools.
Keep plenty of band-aid ready!
Also availabe are building kits which contain ready-made parts and
all needed 'ingredients'. This is also a possibility to get into
boat building Link to kit sets.
Otherwise, there are certainly friends around, willing
to help out with tipps, tools and muscle power. Also, just ask around
in kayaking clubs, relatives etc.
At this, I would like to express
my gratitude to all who have helped to fulfill my dream of a self-
built kayak. A very big THANK YOU !!.
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