Sep 18, 2018

Inspiring Read: Boat Building with Merchant and Makers

Building a BoatI've wanted to build a boat ever since I sunk my small dingy on the Trinity Lake as a kid. Once I have the space, I will fashion a sea-worthy vessel and take it out to brave the ocean, or at least a sizeable pond.   The exceptional craftsmen over at Merchants and Makers know what quality is. Their articles highlight some incredible craftsmen that carry on traditions for generations (for example, check out their piece on Wheelwrighting). While I love to read about craftsmen, a piece that really inspired me was from an interview with Yvonne Green, Principle of the Boat Building Academy in Dorset. I've always loved the extreme detail that goes into a handmade boat, from the materials to the techniques there's something incredible about being a maker that can build a boat. Boats are so complex, and require so many different skills to construct; which essentially makes it my unicorn, the something I must one day create.

Boat Building AcademyOnce I have the time, I will build an 18ft stitch and glue sea kayak. This boat has been on my mind for years. As an avid water rat, slicing through the water in a svelt kayak is one of my favorite pastimes, doing it in a custom handmade boat would be the closest to Nirvana that I can imagine.

Guillemot Stitch and Glue Kayak

So go ahead and read the interview, and then leave a comment on the boat you plan to build one day.


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EAB on Jan 15, 2015:

Planning to built a skin-on-frame wherry soon.
Have already built several small boats, including a skin-on-frame kayak using Dacron.
My skin kayak:


Essay on Wood & water:


Drew on Dec 29, 2014:

David, here is the link to my webpage input together showing the process. Hope it helps.


David on Dec 28, 2014:

Thanks for the feedback guys!  Drew, I'd love to see some pictures of your build, and definitely would love to hear about the trials and errors! I'm a big belivever in letting others let me know what not to do!  Bruno, that is an incredible boat!  In another life I may be that ambitious!  Cheers!

bruno on Dec 26, 2014:

A friend of a friend has been working on a  boat for years now (over 10, I think). I think it's now seaworthy. Here's the Kickstarter:


Drew on Dec 24, 2014:

I built a 12' stitch and glue kayak a couple of years ago. Lots of research, then lots of trial and error. It was a fun little project. Best of luck when you start the madness.