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Project by MrFid posted 11-03-2020 05:18 PM 1134 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

October 31st marked the end of a 184 hour journey for me. This started as an idea a while ago, and now here it is.

The pattern is the Guillemot, designed by Nick Schade and lofted from offsets in his book “The Strip Built Sea Kayak”, my own copy of which has gone dog-eared long ago now. If it were possible to dog-ear a YouTube channel, I’d have done that to Nick’s as well. I added a retractable skeg (control box next to cockpit) of his design as well. It weighs 40 lb on the dot. Wood is Western Red Cedar.

I kept track of my hours in a note on my phone, recording each time how long I spent, what task I accomplished, what day it was, and the running total hours.

Working on this boat gave me joy, inspiration, and a tiny bit of frustration at times (though not too much ever).

All in I think I probably have around $1200 invested. Could be slightly less although I was not as meticulous in my record keeping there.

She will explore local rivers, lakes, and ponds with me for a while, but I spend my summers in Westerly, RI where she will live up to her billing as a true sea kayak. I haven’t named her yet… I am not sure I will. I’m not really a ‘namer’; none of my cars have names or anything like that.

I still need a matching paddle, but that I can do later. I have hundreds of pictures from the build, but I only was able to choose six, so most of these are from the end. What follows is copy/paste from my phone. It is my log of hours spent. Enjoy.

I am happy to answer questions big or small as best I can. Thanks for looking.

Kayak hours
4 lofting
1 forms cut out
1 forms cut out bandsaw
1 sanding forms
0.5 sanding forms 2/20/18
0.25 sanding forms 2/24
1 cutting strong back holes 2/25
0.5 cutting strongback holes 2/27 9.25
2 cutting strongback ply & rabbeting 3/17 11.25
0.75 strongback strip cutting 3/19 12
1 boat stands 3/25 13
1 glue up strongback 4/7 14
2.5 spacers and cutting 4/17 16.5
2 end form half forms cutting shaping and thinning piece for stems 4/20 18.5
1.25 inner end stems shaping 4/21 19.25
1 end stem shaping and fitting on end forms 4/22 20.25
0.5 end form taping and shaping small half forms 4/23 20.75
1 form marking dwl and angle line 9/19 21.75
1 strongback marking 11/13 22.75
0.5 strongback work and cutting form braces 11/16 23.25
1 placing 2 forms on strongback 11/23 24.25
2 placing forms 12/8 26.25
1.5 bow stem form placed and more forms 12/8 27.75
0.25 form placed 12/11 28
0.5 forms placed 12/12 28.5
1 forms placed 12/16 29.5
0.5 stern form shaping and placing 12/26 30
0.75 stern form securing 12/27 30.75
1 making fence support for table saw 6/23/19 31.75
2.25 milling strips 6/24 34
1.5 milling strips 7/9 35.5
0.5 taping forms 7/28 36
1 taping and shaping sheer strip 7/29 37
1 sheer strip work 7/31 38
0.75 sheer strip work 8/1 38.75
1.25 stripping hull 8/2 40
2.5 stripping hull 8/3 42.5
0.75 stripping 8/18 43.25
1 stripping 8/19 44.25
0.75 stripping 8/19 45
0.5 stripping 8/20 45.5
1.75 stripping 8/20 47.25
1 stripping 8/20 48.25
1 stripping 8/21 49.25
1 stripping 8/22 50.25
0.75 stripping 8/23 51
0.5 cutting keel line 8/24 51.5
1 stripping 8/25 52.5
1 stripping 8/26 53.5
1.75 stripping 8/27 55.25
0.5 stripping 8/29 55.75
1 stripping 8/30 56.75
0.5 stripping 9/1 57.25
1.25 stripping 9/2 58.5
0.75 stripping 9/3 59.25
0.75 whisky strip 9/4 60
1.5 form supports and deck shear strips 9/8 61.5
1 deck shear strips 9/9 62.5
0.5 deck shear strips 9/11 63
3 deck stripping 9/14 and 9/15 66
1 stripping 9/17 67
1 stripping 9/19 68
1.75 stripping 9/21-9/22 69.75
0.75 stripping 9/25 70.5
1 stripping 9/28 71.5
1.75 stripping 9/30 73.25
1.25 stripping 10/2 74.5
0.5 stripping 10/4 75
0.75 stripping 10/5 75.75
0.5 str 10/6 76.25
0.5 stripping 10/7 76.75
1 removing staples starting scraping 10/11 77.75
1.25 scraping 10/12 79
1 sanding 10/13 80
1.25 cockpit recess strips 10/17-18 81.25
0.5 recess 10/19 81.75
1 recess 10/20 82.75
0.5 recess 10/21 83.25
0.5 recess 10/24 83.75
1 recess 10/27 84.75
1 recess 11/4 85.75
1 last recess strip and unstapling hull 11/5 86.75
1 scraping and sanding 11/7 87.75
1 sanding 11/9 88.75
0.5 sanding 11/17 89.25
1 sanding 11/20 90.25
0.75 cutting cockpit sanding the hole and splitting deck from forms 12/18 91
0.5 coaming riser work 12/29 91.5
1.25 coaming riser 1/11 92.75
1.25 coaming riser 1/13 94
0.5 coaming riser 1/14 94.5
1.5 sanding coaming riser, prep, and epoxying a filet around coaming misc days 4/11 96
1.5 hull bow repair and cutting stem laminations 4/19 97.5
1 epoxy seal coat for deck 4/20 98.5
0.5 stem shaping 4/21 99
1.25 stem shaping and separating forms from hull 4/21 100.25
0.25 stem tip piece fitting 4/22 100.5
0.75 hull gap filling 4/24 101.25
1 hull seal coat 5/3 102.25
0.5 sanding hull and cutting glass 5/13 102.75
1.5 glassing hull and fill coat 5/14 104.25
1 scraping inner hull 5/15 105.25
2 scraping hull 5/16 107.25
1 sanding hull interior 5/16 108.25
2.5 sanding hull interior and filling gaps 5/17 110.75
0.75 sanding down interior hull crack filling 5/18 111.5
2 glass prep on exterior deck 5/18 113.5
2 glassing deck 5/21 115.5
2 scraping deck interior 5/22 117.5
0.5 sanding hull int 5/23 118
1.5 sanding hull int 5/24 119.5
0.5 seal coat interior hull 5/27 120
1.5 gap filling interior and coaming lip work 5/29 121.5
1 coaming lip 5/30 122.5
0.5 coaming lip 5/31 123
0.5 cheek plates fabrication 6/1 123.5
3.5 skeg box work and glassed deck interior 6/4 127
1.5 skeg work and sanding coaming lip and repair 6/5 128.5
0.5 cheek plate work 6/8 129
1.5 glassing hull interior 6/9 130
1 skeg box install and other misc 6/10 131
2 skeg box cleanup and other misc 6/11 133
1.5 skeg control box work and misc fill coats skeg related 6/15-6/16 134.5
0.5 skeg control box glass 6/20 135
0.75 padeye shaping and epoxy work 6/21 135.5
1 foot brace work 6/21 136.5
2 foot brace stud epoxy check plate epoxy 6/22 138.5
1 misc and hatch prep 6/23 139.5
1.5 hatch cutting and sealing 7/3 141
0.75 hatch sealing 7/4 141.75
0.75 hatch sealing 7/5 142.5
1 hatch fitting and sanding 7/6 143.5
1 repairs for edging 7/9 144.5
1 padeyes for hatch shock cord 7/25 145.5
0.5 padeyes 7/26 146
0.5 sanding and attaching padeyes 7/27 146.5
0.75 glassing padeyes 7/28 147.25
1 sanding 7/31 148.25
1 touch ups 8/4 149.25
1.5 touch ups on hatches etc 8/5 150.75
0.75 padeyes for skeg cable 8/14 151.5
1.5 varnishing interior 2 coats 8/15-16 153
1.5 prep for joining deck and hull 8/29 154.5
1.5 finishing prep and joining starboard seam 8/30 156
0.5 joining port seam 8/31 156.5
0.5 tape removal 9/1 157
1.5 prep work and filling gaps in the hull deck joint 158.5 9/3-9/9 assorted
1.5 glassing hull second layer 160 9/12
1 skin coat on hull 161 9/13
3 sanding 163 9/19
1 sanding prep and hull skim coat final epoxy 164 9/24
0.5 roller coat epoxy 164.5 9/24
1.5 skin coat and roller coat deck final epoxy 166 9/26
1 Sanding final coat 167 9/30
1.25 sanding final coat to 220 grit 168.25 10/1
0.75 sanding coaming and awkward bits and attaching skeg cable housing 169 10/4
1 final prep and varnish hull first coat 170 10/7
1.5 final prep and varnish deck first coat 171.5 10/8
0.75 varnish deck second coat 172.25 10/9
0.75 varnish hull second coat 173 10/10
0.5 varnish hull third coat 173.6 10/11
0.5 varnish deck third coat 174 10/13
1.5 sanding and varnish touch coat hull 175.5 10/14
1 sanding and varnish touch coat deck 176.5 10/16
1 wet sanding deck and skeg tapping holes for cable 177.5 10/17
0.5 final coat deck 178 10/19
0.5 final coat hull 178.5 10/20
1 skeg fitting and control cable install 179.5 10/21
0.5 seat carving 180 10/23
0.5 backrest 180.5 10/24
1 backrest and bulkheads 181.5 10/27
0.5 cleaning, masking, rope work 182 10/28
1 bulkhead sealing 183 10/29
0.5 backrest install and sanding and varnishing inside of hatch covers 183.5 10/30
0.5 deck lines and weigh in 184 10/31/20

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.





21 comments so far

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BigShooter

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#1 posted 11-03-2020 05:30 PM

Fantastic! a canoe or kayak has been on my wish list for quite some time. Seeing such a beautiful example has rekindled my desire.

Also I can’t thank you enough for the detail you have provided to us all in your write up.
Great job!

-- Cherish wily thoughts and keep a tight grip on your booze

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Bernard58

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#2 posted 11-03-2020 05:33 PM

Waaw, this is a really beautiful kayak. Beautiful lines and very nicely done. I made a western red cedar strip-built dinghy some 15 years ago and can testify on the degree of pleasure and satisfaction one can have with such a project.
Thanks for sharing and wishing you lots of fun in using it!

-- Bernard Delaey, Belgium - http://www.delaeywood.be

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Andre

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#3 posted 11-03-2020 06:57 PM

That is really nice! Appears very stable:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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pottz

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#4 posted 11-03-2020 07:13 PM

wow is right, looking at your build list that is quite the endeavour.she is definitely a thing of beauty and great pride in doing so.the picture appears your waiting for the snow too melt and set her free! happy kayaking.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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tyvekboy

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#5 posted 11-03-2020 07:34 PM

Nice job on building the kayak.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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woodetal

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#6 posted 11-03-2020 08:49 PM

NICE! I have two Chesapeake Light Craft kayaks that I built. I have a stripper on my list. Still on the list, just other items ahead. All of the epoxy/glass skills I developed have been useful on other projects. Paddle with pride. NICE!

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NaFianna

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#7 posted 11-03-2020 08:56 PM

What a beautiful piece of work. You can be proud of this. Been thinking of attacking a project like this but have not felt confident enough.
Also seeing the state of your workshop makes me feel a little better about mine.
Well done.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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oldrivers

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#8 posted 11-03-2020 09:43 PM

Outstanding, super job and so well done, congratulations.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Eric

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#9 posted 11-03-2020 10:21 PM

Beautiful build, and finish. Nick Schade has some good plans. And if one knows how to read the offsets, the build goes good. I have the same book in my collection. To build one day. You have given my the inspiration again. Thanks for sharing.

Great job, and enjoy it.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Jeff

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#10 posted 11-04-2020 01:09 AM

Very nice build. Enjoy your time using it as well.

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AJ1104

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#11 posted 11-04-2020 01:10 AM

She’s a beauty! I hope she floats as good as she looks. Lol. No kidding you did a great job. Congrats!

-- AJ

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BB1

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#12 posted 11-04-2020 02:27 AM

This is so impressive. Wishing you enjoyable time with your amazing kayak.

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MrFid

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#13 posted 11-04-2020 02:40 AM

Thank you all so much! Really appreciate your positive comments. :)

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#14 posted 11-04-2020 03:43 AM

That is one beautiful ”wheel-less” non-polluting machine… Greenies, eat your heart out…

You just need to wait for the snow to melt and paddle off into the sunset.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Ottacat

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#15 posted 11-04-2020 04:53 AM

I find such builds to be very inspiring. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your beautiful kayak.

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