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Sea-Going Kayak (17' Guillemot)

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Project by APLJaK posted 1950 days ago 3210 views 10 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built from local Red Cedar with Alaskan Yellow Cedar (Cypress) highlights. The hull is essentially finished but I still have not finished the fiberglass, joining the hull and final fitting of the boat. I take a lot of flack over this as this has been an ongoing project for a number of years. Shortly after finishing the majority of the stripping of the hull I had my shoulder dislocated. This brought my construction to a screaming halt on this and every other job that I had on the go. Only recently have I been able to return to some light woodworking and only for a very short period of time.

I purchased the book The Strip-Built Sea Kayak by Nick Schade of Guillemot Kayaks and learned how to do lofting. I took the table of offsets for this boat, turned them into CAD files in AutoCAD LT, then sent them to a local drafting supply house to have them plotted out at 1:1 scale. From these, I made the stations from plywood, built a strong back and started building a boat. The cedar was purchased locally as 16’ clear red cedar 2×6’s. I ripped these into 3/4×1/4 strips and put a cove and groove on each using Freud’s purpose built router bit set. This has been a great learning experience and I hope that one day my shoulder improves enough that I can finish the boat and put it to use on the Pacific West Coast!

Completed and launched – finally!

-- APLJaK Woodworking, Okanagan Valley, BC





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SPHinTampa

548 posts in 2270 days


#1 posted 1950 days ago

it will be beautiful when finished. I have always wanted to build a kayak but have been put off by the amount of work it takes.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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APLJaK

61 posts in 1951 days


#2 posted 1950 days ago

Hey Barry,

actually when I look at the Nick Schade’s boats I feel a twinge of envy. I wish my boats looked as nice as his ;-) Thanks for the comments though.

-- APLJaK Woodworking, Okanagan Valley, BC

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mtnwild

3474 posts in 2112 days


#3 posted 1950 days ago

That is a beauty. That will be well worth the wait. Fantastic details on that , besides the overall masterful work. Almost done, be proud! I’m with Shawn, I’ve wanted to attempt one but I know it would take me forever if at all.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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brianinpa

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#4 posted 1950 days ago

Looks great!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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CamMonks

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#5 posted 1950 days ago

Very nice! I’m working on a 15’ cedar strip canoe, and it’s nice to see pictures of the finished product, helps keep me motivated! Beautiful kayak.

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ND2ELK

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#6 posted 1950 days ago

Very impressive. Your are doing a beautiful job on this piece. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Peter Oxley

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#7 posted 1950 days ago

Oh, it’s going to look so great with glass! I have the plans for the same boat, but haven’t even started building.

-- http://www.peteroxley.com -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --

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WoodSpanker

519 posts in 1976 days


#8 posted 1950 days ago

Heh… don’t know if I would trust anything I built in the ocean! lol :)

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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NY_Rocking_Chairs

493 posts in 2181 days


#9 posted 1950 days ago

Awesome looking. I cannot wait to get the canoe done so I can do one of these.

-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com

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rikkor

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#10 posted 1950 days ago

Very cool. I retire next week and I am planning to build a rowboat. I hope it looks half as nice as yours!

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Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 1950 days ago

Great looking Kayak. Thanks for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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bhking

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#12 posted 1906 days ago

Do you still have the autocad file, I bought that book too, with the intention of lofting the boat, but have been dragging my feet. I just bought some northern white cedar, and will try to mix in a little walnut for contrast. I particularly like the design with the offset triangles in the book.
-bhking (at) gmail.com

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crosseyedcarver

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#13 posted 1614 days ago

How beautiful!

-- Tim, Tallahasse FL

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a1Jim

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#14 posted 1614 days ago

Looks wonderful a great job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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ericc

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#15 posted 1614 days ago

This is an amazing piece of work!

-- - Eric

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