How to Build One
Traditionally, the kayak built by the Inuits of Greenland and the baidarka constructed by the Aleut people, was of the 'skin-on-frame' type.
Nowadays, substances like epoxy are used as adhesives, and fiberglass is used as a reinforcement. Fiberglass makes the boat sturdy, reduces its weight, and makes it easy to paddle. Kayaks are built by certain methods like the 'stitch and glue', 'strip built', 'skin on frame', etc. The 'roto molded' and 'fiberglass' methods are more commercial.
Skin on Frame
The skin on frame method, which is also known as the 'wood and canvas' technique, was used by the Inuit and Aleut communities. In this method, the frame is generally built using aluminum and the skin is made of nylon or canvas. In some cases, plywood can also be used instead of aluminum.
The technique is known by different names like the 'wood strip', 'cedar strip', or the 'wood-strip epoxy'. Wood, fiberglass, and epoxy are used to build the boat. The edges of the light wood are glued together to form the basic structure.
The fiberglass and epoxy are then used to cover the boat for a finishing touch. Different patterns of wood can be used for different looks.
Stitch and Glue
The stitch and glue technique is also known as the 'tack and tape' method of construction. In this method, the framework of the boat is prepared from flat panels of plywood. The panels are stitched together with the help of tape, wires, or cable ties.
Fiberglass and epoxy are used to glue the panels permanently. The technique works well with multi-chined and hard-chined designs.
For those who are thinking about building a kayak from fiberglass, creating a mold is the best option. Fiberglass is not only a durable material, but also rust-resistant. Building a kayak rack will help to place the boat properly. It will help to organize space in the house and keep the boat safe and protected.