By Chris Kulczycki
From coast to coast, domestic boatbuilders have grew to become to Chris Kulczycki for every little thing they had to find out about making their very own kayaks from high-grade marine plywood and epoxy. within the Kayak store, a long-time renowned typical, Kulczycki supplied particular instructions and plans for construction 3 sea kayaks: a high-performance unmarried, an day trip unmarried, and a traveling double. the hot Kayak store info 3 new Kulczycki designs which are extra dependent or even more desirable for today’s paddlers. The construction directions also are up-to-date, with new sections on paint and polish, seat development, energy instruments, laptop courses for newbie designers, and tips about construction multi-chine and round-bottom boats. the recent Kayak store deals the easiest, such a lot sophisticated designs and construction tools in one, available quantity. (20010122)
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ABOVE: This preliminary plan of a sea kayak consists of a deck plan (top), a profile (middle), and a body plan (bottom). RIGHT: Conventions and symbols used in boat plans. In addition to the plan sheets you’ll need the scantlings and/or the bill of materials. The scantlings detail the materials from which the parts of the boat are made, and the bill of materials lists all the materials you’ll need. On kayak plans both lists may be combined, or the scantlings may be incorporated into the building directions.
MODIFYING PLANS Every paddler has his or her own idea of the perfect boat. An advantage of building your own boat is that you can accommodate your personal wants and needs. Modifications, if well thought out, will make your boat ideally suited to your paddling style. But before deciding on a design change, consider that a boat’s designer has put substantial thought and experience into the design. Ask yourself whether the changes you are thinking about will affect the strength of the kayak. Will it still be as seaworthy?
LEFT: An engineer’s scale, on architect’s scale, and a calculator are handy when working from small-scale plans, such as those in this book. A marking gauge is used for laying out wire holes. Once you’ve made a measurement, you’ll need to mark it. Some craftsmen use only a knife or a scribe to make the mark because they leave thinner lines than a pencil does. I prefer to use a sharp pencil because the line is easier to see. A draftsman’s mechanical pencil is best because it never needs sharpening, but I’m always losing mine.