My Guillemot L (part one building)

In Guillemot L, Wood Kayak on February 2, 2009 at 11:13 am

02/18/09 Well I have been busy fairing, and sanding on the boat, and today I put a seal coat of epoxy on the deck.  I hope to start laying glass early next week and will have fresh pictures then, there is just nothing new to see yet.  I have learned something new on this yak, building a combing is a pain in the A__!!!  And I am still not even done with it yet.  But I know that it being wood instead of the pre-made glass one I used on my other yak will look good, and the decision to put wooden fittings for the deck rigging will just top it off.  So starting next week watch for “part 2 the finishing”

02/09/09  It has been awhile since I posted anything here, I have been busy with selling excess gear, and working on the combing, skeg, and cockpit recess.  But here are some pics of how she is looking so fardscf2314



02/04/09 As you can tell from the pic below, The deck pattern is done.  I am starting with my cockpit recess.  This is a slow process, so after I glue up one piece in front, and one in back, I work on the skeg and combing, then back to the recess


02/03/09 I have taken a few days off to take care of business (laundry, Anita’s B-day(my sis-in-law)) but thought I would at least post the newest pic of progress



01/29/09 I finished the pattern on the starboard side, glued up a jig to make my combing, and made the blocks for the skeg handle.

01/27/09 Just worked on the deck and laying out the combing.  The pattern is now set.

01/26/09 I took the day off and had a wonderful paddle across Tampa Bay.  What a great day on the water.

01/25/09 It was a quick day today, I just epoxied the skeg parts, and laid out where the pattern and combing fit.

01/24/09 I have come to the conclusion that there is something very satisfing in taking a block plane to your boat to fare it out and producing curls of wood shavings.  I finished the mahogany highlight strip and filled in the other bow quarter panel.



And until you are done there is never enough clamps to fill the job


01/23/09 Well, today I worked on filling in the (what I call front quarter panel) red cedar up front on one side.  Continueing with the mahogany stripe at the stern.  And made some more red cedar strips. And I even sanded the front stem to shape.  It is really taking shape. I forgot my camera at the shop so I will have to post pics tomorrow or when ever I get the camera. 

So I am going to take this moment to let everyone know that the shop I am using isn’t really mine.  It belongs to a friend who is also looking for work and is not using it, not having any jobs.  I have a two car garage full of tools, but since I put in the laundry room, it is not long enough to house my yaks.  So I just haul my stuff over and use Gordons shop.  So incase I forget to mention it, Thank you Gordon.

01/22/09  The weather here is still to cold to work on the yak.  Hahahaha, it may only be 35, but we dont have heaters here in FL.  Well, titebond still works and so do clamps.  So I have my highlight stripe started.  Cold mahogany does not bend well, nor does it take staples, had to use finish nails to hold it in place.



I decided that the red cedar and mahogany was to close in color to be next to each other, so I am going to picture frame the red cedar in white cedar.

01/20/09 Well I posted a question on CLC Boat Forum a couple of days ago and got no feedback.  It looks like there is more help on S&G yaks than strippers.  So I am going to attempt doing my pattern the way I did my first one.  Hopefully I will have pics to show progress tomorrow.  Meanwhile… I have started working on the skeg, but still thinking about how to make the recess for the skeg handle.

01/16/09 YAHOO!!!  I finished stripping the hull today, and glued my stem pieces on.  She looks like a yak, well she really looks like a canoe without the deck, but she will soon be a yak.


And I have all these tiny little nails to pull


01/15/09 Well, it has been awhile since I posted any progress on this yak so it must be time.  Some of the things I have discovered is that cedar does not bend as well as the hardwood I used on my first one.  And short pieces (8ft) are more time consuming than the 16ft long pieces I used on my first yak.  And third… Everything I read, said to use staples in construction.  Well I figured I have this 23 (tiny)gauge pin nailer I use for work and it leaves such a small hole you can’t really see it.  Well it is so small, it won’t even hold the cedar when it is in a bind.  The cedar just pulls off, or the bind of the wood just bends the tiny nails.  I started using 1/2 inch staples today and it is amazing how well it works.  I guess the people that do this for a living might know more about building kayaks than I do.  But I am willing to bet that I can still trim a house or hang doors faster than they can!

I am almost done stripping the hull, and I have the ends shaped for the stem strips.dscf2165

On the bottom I decided to stagger the strips to give it some what of a pattern for I am convinced that the fish that will be swimming by like to look at pretty things too. LOLdscf2168

And as you can see, I have lots of work in pulling staples and scaping glue before I can start fairring the hull into shape.  But at last I can see a wonderful kayak starting to take shape.


01/08/09 Still at the point of watching glue dry after putting on 1 piece at a time.  Not a lot of progress but I do have 3 strips down each side complete from stern to bow.  As you can tell from the next pic, there is no such thing as to many clamps!dscf2162

01/06/09 I finished setting my forms and getting them sanded and taped.  I also started setting my shearlines.dscf21601

12/20/08 I built my strongback and started setting my forms

12/18/08 Okay, it is now time to start my winter project, my next Yak.  Design has been drawn, material gathered and time on my hands with this economy slump.  This yak will be different in the fact it will be mostly cedar and mahogany.  I have decided to make the cockpit a little larger, and this will be my first wood cockpit rim.  I will be posting my progress with pictures as I work on this winter project here in Sunny Florida.


This is the design I am hoping for.  The yellow (including the hull) will be white cedar as well as the cockpit area, the tan will be mahogany, and the purple will be red cedar.  I decided to use ash for the stem strips on the outside of the bow and stern.  I am installing a skeg using the system that a lot of composite yaks use, with a recess handle and cable to operate.  Instead of Carbon Fibre seam tape I used on my first kayak, I am going to try and use a tapestry ribbon.

I would like to put a drawing of a Unicorn on the bow if I can find one that I like, that is what this Kayak reminds me of, maybe a Seahorse

  1. Thank You, can I build one for you?

  2. It was great to meet you all this weekend out on Shell Key, I look forward to following the progress f the Guillimont L, and would love to stop by and check it out as you are building it. I have some questions about the construction and wanted to see the shop!

    hope all is well

    jonathan barnes

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