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Building the Hybrid Kayak

The perfect blend of stitch & glue plywood construction with a beautiful strip-planked deck.

June 23 – June 29
Brooklin, Maine
Eric Schade
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This is a six-day course ending Saturday


Join designer and long-time WoodenBoat School instructor Eric Schade for an exciting week of hybrid boatbuilding.

In this course, you will build several of Eric’s popular designs – Chesapeake Light Craft’s Wood Duck and Shearwater. But instead of just decking the kayaks over in sapele plywood, Eric will guide you through the process of building a beautiful, custom strip-planked deck.  This combination is a great stepping stone to more complex boatbuilding projects.

The sturdy, plywood hull goes together simple enough, and sheathed with fiberglass, provides a light, strong and protective hull.  You’ll learn all the techniques required to deisgn and build a beautiful stip-planked deck made up of “bead and cove” strips of cedar and other highlight woods.

During the week, Eric will discuss finishing options, and how to outfit the kayaks.  On Saturday, 2 lucky students will have a chance to win the boats for the cost of materials in a raffle!

If you are interested in building your own kayak or want to learn the ins-and-outs of stip-planked construction, this is the course for you!


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