10 Kayak Building Tips
If you are interested in building your own kayak, then you will definitely need to know these 10 kayak building tips if you want to do it both right, and where you can have the best kayak that is possible for your budget.
- Make sure you have enough and all tools you will need. Some things to take note of that you will surely need include wood, screws, nails, a carpenter hammer, a drill, painting supplies, and a screwdriver. If there is anything else that you feel you need, it can’t hurt to have!
- Decide what you want your kayak for. If you are planning on racing it, then you will want to pick a design plan later that will accommodate this!
- Buy the best possible wood that you can afford. For a kayak, you are going to definitely be better off getting one big piece of wood. This will avoid the problems that come along with piecing it together such as leaks and such, but it will also be more difficult to work with as you will have a harder time cutting and hollowing it. Make sure you get a wood that isn’t full of splinters, etc.
- Design a plan of your kayak before you start building it. Ask questions such as how big it needs to be to fit you, and whether it should be a one or two seat kayak.
- Have someone who has done this before give you advice. There are things other experienced builders can tell you that I can’t, considering your needs may be different. So make sure to get a buddies advice on building the kayak.
- Make sure you always drill holes before screwing or hammering into the wood. This may seem like a very meaningless task to an amateur, but you will only anger yourself if you end up splitting a piece of wood that you have already spent time cutting!
- Use all water proof materials. Everything that is going to be on the boat should definitely be water resistant. A few things include a polyurethane marine paint, and rust free nails and screws.
- Make sure everything is secure before moving onto the next step of your kayak. Things to triple check include screws and nails, because you will definitely be screwed if you mess this up.
- Have a source of water handy to make sure those plans you based your kayak off of work! You will want to check not only that the kayak floats, but also that it is tall enough from the water that no water will be able to get to it.
- Make sure to pick a paint color that you won’t regret later. This means stay away from super bright, tacky colors that you could ever have a chance to want to change.
Posted on: Oct. 03, 2010