Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #10: Stitching the Rest of the Boat

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 06-26-2020 10:25 PM 799 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I stitched the stern of the kayak together, forgetting that there is a wineglass transom. I also forgot to bevel a curved area on the bow. I unstitched that area and was able to plane it with no big impact.

No big deal, I just snipped the stern stitches and wired in the transom.

View of the hull.

Wiring the Deck

Stitching begins at the front of the coaming area with the deck panel.

Sheer panels are stitched next. My Dad made a timely visit and I draft him into helping me wire the temporary forms to the deck…that was easier than wrestling those into position solo!

Wiring Deck to the Hull
The deck is temporarily wired to the hull to check the fit.

View of transom.

Stern bulkhead and a temporary form.

Temporary forms in the bow area.

It’s neat to see the shape and size of the kayak. It looks like a good fit for my varied uses.

The spring clamp helps achieves the desired shape. The sandpaper keeps the clamp from slipping.

Same trick at the stern.

I’ll build simple cradles to keep from getting a twist in the boat during glue-up. After that, I’ll tack the hull and deck with thickened epoxy.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#1 posted 06-26-2020 11:19 PM

Interesting build…I had never seen stitching on a boat.

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#2 posted 06-27-2020 12:21 AM

Hey hey. This brings back good memories. I built their large canoe many years ago. It will be fun to watch you finish it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 06-27-2020 02:12 AM

Stitch and glue construction allows some amazing designs in small boats. Guys like John Harris, Eric Schade, and Nick Schade have put high performance small boats within reach of amateur builders. Stitch and glue boats are light, rigid, fast, and quite durable. You get a whole lot of boat for the money and effort.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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