42″ strip kayak, ready for finish coats!

Brendan Sullivan finished his awesome 42″ strip kayak and is ready for the finish orders from his sister, since she is the lucky recipient of this beautiful hand crafted kayak. We’ll be looking forward to the final decision on the finish. Thanks for the photos Brendan, keep up the great work!

94″ Mahogany Panel canoe

The Mahogany 10 panel stitch and glue canoe has gone through many changes since its first design a couple years ago. Originally it was meant to be an easy to build canoe kit for the customer, several pictures on this blog, but it was more than a handful for most first time builders, and I have found it is not easier than the strip canoe, in fact much more tedious. It is a very different canoe than the others. We had more demand for a large canoe that could be used as shelving over bars, or standing up in a boat house as bookshelf. Sold several as lights. The original design was the 82″ which had two piece panels that could be shipped inexpensively, but now with the larger CNC machine capable of cutting a full 96″ , we have settled on this size. It won’t be sold as a kit unless someone really wants to tackle it. It is a beautiful canoe when completed, much larger than all the others, beamier, deeper and heavier. This one I used heavy seat framing and large thwart, larger deck caps and toe rails. Going to Keven in Auburn Hills, Michigan in his beautiful lake side house.

Canoe and kayak from the Plans Book

Gary did an outstanding job of building the 54″ canoe and the 42″ kayak, coming up with some creative ways to make the seats and other parts. Looks great! Just in time for Christmas.

Hi Ray. Photos of my 2 projects from your book. Really enjoyed building them.   Gary from PA.  Merry Christmas!

Jack Simmon’s Lobster Build

The old boat builder fast asleep

Thanks Jack Simmons from Vancouver, Washington. He has built numerous beautiful boat models including several of our canoes. There’s a post I did on Jacks other kits further below. Nice work Jack.

Nice job on 42″strip kayak

Bob from Sheridan, WY did an outstanding job on the kayak, adding his own touches to the plaster seat. I asked him about the finish and he replied: Ray, Finish is 7 coats (sanding between every 2) of  Behr oil based spar urethane. Used it on my boats for years, works good, just needs time to sand and build coats. Did not epoxy hull. I did put deck on top of sheer clamp. That way it could hang over to be trimmed and shaped later. I also put extra decking panels (the wide ones) under the seat area to clean it up.


Great job on 42″ Strip Kayak

Chad Tompkin’s from Farfax, Virginia did a great job of building the 42″ Strip Kayak. He also made a short video of assembling the kayak, which should be helpful for anyone starting to build one. Chad commented:

Thanks, Ray.  It was a lot of fun and helped me get through the lock-down in our area.  I’m picking up some precut cedar strips on Monday for a bigger project.  I hope to take on a full-size kayak after that.  Thanks for making this product.  Take care, Chad

Canoes with the dark stain

Just built another 96″ canoe light with the big 7″ LED lights. Stained the dark color, it looks old and like it belongs. I also put in the narrow light deck, which personally, I like better than the full width version. You’re able to see the ribbing and inside of the canoe, especially after I put so much work into the ribbing. This one is going to a mountain home in Minnesota. Narrow deck showing off more of the ribbing and inside of the canoe. I build these and hate to see them go. More and more customers are asking for this stain. Early American #230 by Min wax.