Chris Kulczycki avec Stitch-and-Glue Boatbuilding: How to Build Kayaks and Other Small Boats (International Marine-RMP)
In Stitch-and-glue boatbuilding the home builder cuts out marine plywood panels to prescribed shapes, then puts them together with wire stitches long enough to glue and seal the seams with epoxy. Once the epoxy cures, the stitches are removed, and the result is a handsome, strong, watertight boat. This book lays out the basic building techniques.
From the Back Cover
Your guide to the most popular method of amateur boatbuilding
Building a stitch-and-glue boat brings you as close as you’ll ever get to instant boatbuilding. It’s the fastest, easiest method yet devised for creating a strong, beautiful, seaworthy craft with your own hands. Now, one of the world’s premier stitch-and-glue designers, builders, and teachers gives you the information and guidance you need to build the boat of your dreams in your backyard, basement, or garage.
Chris Kulczycki explains why you don’t need to be a master craftsman with dozens of specialized tools to create a sleek, responsive small boat. He lays out the basic stitch-and-glue building techniques; outlines the shortcuts and pitfalls; and details the materials you’ll need. Then he guides you through each phase of the building process, from cutting plywood panels and stitching them together to gluing the seams with epoxy to fiberglassing, sanding, painting, finishing, and outfitting.
Praise for Chris Kulczycki’s The Kayak Shop:
“Recommended reading for anyone who wants to paddle a boat of their own creation.”--Sea Kayaker
“This book should prove to be one of the standards on boatbuilding that will be on every small boat builder's bookshelf.”--Upper Midwest Kayak Touring News
Chris Kulczycki is the author of The New Kayak Shop and the founder of Chesapeake Light Craft, the largest boat kit and plan manufacturer in the world. More than 10,000 boats have been built from his plans.