Floridian Mark Nye recently built and launched this 14′ long Petrel Play kayak. Mark spent just under 135 hours, spread over five months,on the construction of this stitch-and-glue kit. He stained some of the hull pieces prior to construction of highlight the hull’s puzzle joints.
This is a Chesapeake Light Craft Petrel SG sea kayak. Construction is stitch and glue, fiberglass over stained Okuome ply. Custom changes to the kit included the soft pad eyes, dragonfly inlay, a carved skeg control housing and turned carrying toggles and paddle bead.
Relying on Nick Schade’s book The Strip-Built Sea Kayak, George Nourse built this Expedition single kayak from a kit by Chesapeake Light Craft. The kayak is a cedar strip-planked hull, covered with a layer of fiberglass cloth inside and out. George gave her six coats of varnish. He paddles primarily on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.
AMI JOY is a Jupiter Point design by Nick Schade of Guillemot Kayaks of Connecticut. I modified the 13′-design to include a little spruce brightwork trim and built AMI JOY over the winter and launched her on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, on the Long Island Sound in Stamford. The boat is built from 4mm and 6mm marine plywood. The design is quite stable even in a bit of chop.
Lofting the plans from Nick Schade's book, The Strip-Built Sea Kayak, Kevin Rautio built this 17′ Guillemot Sea Kayak from Spanish cedar. He spent about a year building it, including the lofting and scratch-building everything, even the strips. Kevin paddles the waters near his home in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. Nick Schade’s book is available from The WoodenBoat Store, www.woodenboatstore.com.
Elizabeth Shay of Pocatello, Idaho, is very lucky to have Paul Shay as her grandfather. Paul built Elizabeth a canoe of her very own, a 10′ Nymph designed by Nick Schade. Paul relied on Schade’s book, Building Strip-Planked Boats, which is available from The WoodenBoat Store, in the cedar-strip construction of Elizabeth’s canoe. You can see how happy she is here to be paddling on Long Island Sound after the canoe’s launch.
James McGorry of Aurora, Colorado, built this 17′ LOA kayak relying on information from Nick Schade’s two articles on building the 10′ Nymph kayak that appeared in WB 199 and 200. He made the hull and outer rail from basswood, and the stems, seat, backrest, and inner rail from mahogany. Then he coated everything with 6-oz fiberglass cloth. On her maiden voyage, James and his girlfriend Shannyn,with her own wooden kayak, went to Moab, Utah, and paddled 10 miles of the Colorado River. The kayak handled beautifully and James and Shannyn are looking forward to many more outings.
A while ago I purchased Nick Schade’s book The Strip-Built Sea Kayak. From it I built his Guillemont. I also liked the look of the Great Auk but liked the speed and ease of ply construction stitch and glue.
I drew up the forms and used these to get the general shape. All went very well. I found some 2.5 mm ply $5 per half sheet 1200 mm x 600 mm. This ply comes from Asia between boxes of food ??
Christoph Harlan of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, kept a blog of the six-month construction of his Night Heron kayak kit that he launched in April. It was his first effort at strip planking, and he only used hand tools, he writes, adding that he learning a lot and wants to build a kayak from scratch in the future. Christoph paddles the 40 lb Nick Schade design around Moraine State Park and the Pittsburgh Three Rivers.
Despite working at times “at a glacial pace” for two years, Stirling Cummings of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, finshed and launched his 18′ Night Heron kayak on a cold windy day in February 2012 on Jordan Lake, near Chapel Hill. Stirling reported that the boat performed wonderfully despite the weather conditions.
Using Nick Schade's book, "The Strip-Built Sea Kayak," Perry Risley built this 17' x 21' Guilllemot kayak and paddle. He made both boat and paddle of ash and Western red cedar with white accents of poplar. He mentions that Michael Earle was a tremendous help to him. He launched it in September 2005, and plans to use in the waters around Mount Desert Island and in the lakes near Bethel, ME. Reach Perry at 57 Highland Ave., Bethel, ME 04217 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Craven made excellent use of scrap lumber in the construction of this Guillemot kayak designed by Nick Schade. He use scrap plywood and particle board for the kayak form and cedar, redwood, and mahogany left over from his other construction projects. The kayak is strip built and covered with 'glass according to the methods explained in Nick's book "The Strip-Built Sea Kayak."
John Rhyne launched this Great Auk design kayak on August 31, 2003 near his home in Tennessee. The design is from Nick Schade's book, "The Strip-Built Sea Kayak." John used pine and Western red cedar in the construction. Write John at 104 Country Walk Dr., Powell, TN 37849 or email him at email@example.com.