Cedar strip kayak

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Project by Bruce Martens posted 03-03-2018 09:38 PM 2325 views 7 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project took about 175 hours and actually wasn’t much fun because of all the fiberglass and resin work but the kayak itself is extremely fast and light. 42 pounds with all the accessories included which compares to many carbon fiber commercially purchased kayaks. Ironically the materials were almost as much as a new kayak would cost.

-- It's not the mistakes you make that matter, it's the mistakes you leave.

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#1 posted 03-03-2018 10:04 PM

It’s beautiful and very sharp looking also! I know what you mean about the resin not being fun. But in the long run it’s a build to be proud of.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 03-03-2018 11:11 PM

Looks great! How in the hell do you glass the inside?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 03-03-2018 11:51 PM

That looks amazing. Nice job!!

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#5 posted 03-04-2018 01:05 AM

It was made in two parts like a clam shell so the form could be removed and the inside glassed, so I just had to put one strip along the inside seam from the cockpit opening.

-- It's not the mistakes you make that matter, it's the mistakes you leave.

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#6 posted 03-04-2018 01:33 AM

Great job on the kayak, its beautiful. A wooden strip kayak by far prettier than any plastic creation. Welcome to LJ’s.


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#7 posted 03-04-2018 01:45 AM

Beautiful work! A strip kayak is on my “to build someday” list. I love how they look.

-- Elroy

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#8 posted 03-04-2018 01:57 AM

Amazing work! I’m not certain I’d want to put it in the water after all of the work put into it, it’s too beautiful to risk damaging.

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC ::

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#9 posted 03-04-2018 02:38 AM

Beautiful work. That is a great looking kayak.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 03-04-2018 03:18 AM

I always felt that strip built kayaks or canoes meant art work. I have had plans for one for years, but knew I didn’t have the artistic ability. so I built a skin over frame kayak. I knew about the fiber glass/rosin work from a 12’ sail boat that has been sitting in my garage for 10 years, waiting for that last sanding of the epoxy before painting. Congratulations to you for having the fortitude to complete it. Yours is beautiful.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#11 posted 03-04-2018 04:31 AM

That’s a work of pure beauty and elegant form! Well Done friend.

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#12 posted 03-04-2018 01:28 PM

Welcome to LJs. That’s a beautiful build.

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#13 posted 03-04-2018 01:55 PM

Wow…looks beautiful. Although the cost may be similar to buying, I imagine the satisfaction of paddling in a kayak you built is priceless. Very nice!

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#14 posted 03-04-2018 02:13 PM

You did fast work on that if it only took that many hours. Was this your first?
Great idea doing 2 pieces to glass the inside. What size cloth did you use?
Did you roll or brush? Did you squeegee it off to get to the light weight?

Much of the work we do can be bought cheaper. Not the same quality always. We don’t buy in bulk.

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#15 posted 03-04-2018 03:19 PM

Thanks everyone. This was my first and last, the cloth weight depended on the location, bottom needs more than top etc. I put the cloth in the resin bucket to the point of saturation, applied it to the boat and squeegeed off the excess. After the final sand I coated with Spar varnish.

I came down pretty hard on a rock at low tide because of rough water and just had a little dent and scratches. Hard to believe 3/16th of an inch of cedar and 1/8th inch of cloth saved me from swimming home.

-- It's not the mistakes you make that matter, it's the mistakes you leave.

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