Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #17: Stitching the Hull and Deck Together

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 07-03-2020 05:05 PM 1061 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the deck and hull fully cured, it was time to wire them together permanently

A stick of wood laid across each end provides enough clearance to thread the stitches in place. I rolled each end of the wire so they wouldn’t slip out as I settled the two halves together.

There are copper stitches about every four inches. You can pull the boat together with packing wrap instead, but I prefer the precision of copper wire stitches.

The hull and deck are tacked together with a bead of epoxy thickened with silica. The bead is run between the stitches only, so they can be removed before applying the interior fillets and fiberglass tape.

Continuing the bead of epoxy at the bow.

Video of the Hull and Deck Joined

Here's a link to a video of the hull and deck tacked with epoxy and stitched tight. The stitches function as clamps while the epoxy cures. I’m pleased with the way the boat came together. I need to wait until tomorrow for the epoxy to full cure before removing the stitches and filleting/fiberglassing the interior hull-to-deck joints.

Filleting and fiberglassing the interior hull-to-deck joints.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#1 posted 07-04-2020 12:13 AM

I just found this blog, it’s very interesting. It seems like a faster way to get on the water then then building a strip kayak you’re doing an excellent job I can’t wait for the next episode!

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#2 posted 07-04-2020 06:20 AM

Thanks! A stitch and glue kit is very fast indeed. However, there’s nothing like the beauty of a strip boat…a labor of love. The build of this boat will be about half of my work hours on this project. Fitting it out for all my different uses will be just as many hours and that’s where the ingenuity comes in…my favorite part of a project=customizing it! My first customization will be to make removable coamings and deck that will make the boat seaworthy in steep Lake Superior chop when paddled as a tandem.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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