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  • Canoe and Kayak Building the Light and Easy Way
  • Stitch-and-Glue Boatbuilding
  • Building a Strip Canoe
  • Building Strip-Planked Boats
  • Canoecraft
  • The Strip-Built Sea Kayak
  • Kayakcraft
  • Building the Greenland Kayak
  • Building Outrigger Sailing Canoes

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    Visit the Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers New Zealand Incorporated website for information on canoeing and kayaking in New Zealand, and a list of their recommended texts.

    By Sam Rizzetta. Softback, 0.66kg, 216mm x 278mm, 239 pages, Plans. Black & White Images. 2009
    How to Build Tough, Super-Safe Boats in Kevlar, Carbon, or Fiberglass.

    This book is certain to appeal to any paddler with a DIY bent includes information and instructions

  • Complete Building Plans for three boats including the innovative ergonomically optimized Wasp Canoe Design.
  • Full Instructions for the use of fabric covered forms to build a boat quickly and easily.
  • Instructions for molding a new boat around your favourite old one.
  • A simple method fro retrofittin and using safety flotation in a canoe or recreational kayak.
  • Instructions for building lightweight paddles and model boats.

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    By Chris Kulczycki. Paperback, 0.58kg, 215mm x 275mm, 246 pages, monochrome drawings, plans and photographs. 2005
    How to Build kayaks and Other Small Boats.

    Building a stitch-and-glue boat brings you as close as you'll ever get to instant boatbuilding. It's the fastest, easiest method yet devised for creating a strong, beautiful, seaworthy craft with your own hands. Now, one of the world's premier stitch-and-glue designers, builders, and teachers gives you the information and guidance you need to build the boat of your dreams in your backyard, basement, or garage.

    Chris Kulczycki explains why you don't need to be a master craftsman with dozens of specialized tools to creat a sleek, responsive small boat. He lays out the basic stitch-and-glue building techniques; outlines the shortcuts and pitfalls; and details the materials you'll need. Then he guides you through each phase of the building process, from cutting plywood panels and stitching them together to gluing the seams with epoxy to fiberglassing, sanding, painting, finishing, and outfitting.

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    By Gil Gilpatrick. Paperback, 0.66kg, 216mm x 278mm, 111 pages, 2nd Edition. full colour photographs and drawings and full-sized plan inside. 2010
    Full-sized plans and instructions for eight easy-to-build Field-tested canoes.

    This revised and expanded edition includes the plans and patterns plus directions for making handwoven cane seats and lightweight paddles.
    The easy step-by-step directions are accompanied by more than 100 photographs and illustrations. Covering everything from safety in the boat to shop repairs.

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    By Nick Schade. Paperback, 0.48kg, 186mm x 233mm, 280 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
    Tens of thousands of hobbyists and professionals have turned out rugged, beautiful wooden kayaks with Nick Schade's classic guide, The Strip-Built Sea Kayak. Now Nick shows you how to strip-build dinghies, canoes and other small boats as well as kayaks. Inside this book you'll find:
  • Complete plans for a canoe, a kayak and a dinghy
  • Step-by-step instructions for any strip-built boat
  • Everything you need to know about materials, tools and safety
  • Tips on how to adapt your favorite boat design to strip construction
  • Photos and ideas for decorative treatments to inspire you

    NZ$43.00 + delivery.

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    CANOECRAFT, An Illustrated Guide to Fine Woodstrip Construction; revised and expanded edition.
    By Ted Moores. Paperback, 0.54kg, landscape 275mm x 205mm, 207 pages. Monochrome photographs and drawings.
    This book is a canoe builder's guide for the whole process of choosing, designing and building a wooden canoe of the finest quality. Many drawings and photographs illustrate the process of deriving plans, and of using tools and wood fastening techniques to guide a first timer through the process.
    This edition of the author's best-selling guide to canoe building is bigger and better than ever. It has been completely revised and expanded to include five new designs and dozens of additional photographs.
    The book now includes a chapter on carving a paddle, and a series of "insider" tips and techniques that will make the experience of building a canoe even more satisfying.

    NZ$75.00 + delivery.

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    THE STRIP-BUILT SEA KAYAK. Three rugged, beautiful boats you can build.
    By Nick Schade. Paperback, 0.54kg, 188mm x 234mm, 216 pages. Published 2009. Monochrome photographs and drawings.
    Although books on strip building canoes abound, this is among the first to adapt the technique to crafting attractive, functional kayaks.
    Using high-quality, computer-generated illustrations and photographs to explain key techniques, the book provides complete plans and measurements for three different kayaks:
  • A simple solo craft for beginners,
  • A high-performance solo kayak for intermediate paddlers, and
  • A tandem design for two paddlers. With its easy-to-follow guidance and instructions, The Strip-Built Sea Kayak makes top-notch kayaks accessible to budget-minded paddlers.

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    KAYAKCRAFT, Fine Woodstrip Kayak Construction.
    By Ted Moores. Paperback, 0.54kg, 280mm x 215mm, 175 pages, monochrome photographs and diagrams.
    This is a very similar book to 'The Stripbuilt Sea kayak" but more recent. The author Ted Moores is a very respected builder of canoes and kayaks, in fact some of his work is displayed in museums in the United States. In this book he takes the reader through every step involved in creating a beautiful strip planked sea kayak. There are plans for three kayaks, a fourteen, a sixteen and a seventeen footer. The instructions and quality of illustrations are so good in this book it is hard to imagine how you could go wrong. There are also several very informative chapters on sea kayak design features.

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    BUILDING THE GREENLAND KAYAK, A Manual for Its Construction and Use.
    By Christopher Cunningham. Paperback, 0.43kg, 185mm x 230mm, 193 pages, monochrome photographs, plans and drawings.2003

    Simplicity, elegance, performance and speed: these are the hallmarks of the Greenland Kayak. Its low profile minimises windage and its narrow beam makes it behave well in rough water, and fast. As its survival from its ancient origins would suggest, the Greenland Kayak is lively, versatile and responsive when judged by modern standards.
    This book leads the reader step-by-step through the process of constructing his or her own kayak, using inexpensive, commonplace materials and woodworking tools. Featured I the book are:

    • Easy-to-follow building instructions supported by hundreds of photographs,
    • complete lists of all the tools and materials needed,
    • detailed primers in wood milling, fastening, rib-bending and measuring,
    • additional instructions for making a Greenland paddle, paddling clothing, float bags, skegs and more,
    • pointers on paddling technique, kayak rolling and kayaks for children.
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    By Gary Dierking. Paperback, 0.53kg, 215mm x 269mm, 171 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings. 2008

    Seaworthy, light, and easy to build, outrigger canoes combine the romance of the Pacific Islands with spartan design and breathtaking sailing performance.
    Noted multihull designer and builder Gary Dierking has designed three traditional Hawaiian and Micronesian outrigger canoes for modern strip-plank or stitch-and-glue construction. Clear descriptions, step-by-step building instructions, complete plans, and hundreds of excellent photos and diagrams show you everything you need to know, including:

  • Tools and materials
  • Setup and construction using strip planking or stitch-and-glue plywood(no lofting required)!
  • Rigging and equipping the boats
  • How to sail an outrigger canoe
    These beautiful boats are easily cartopped and screamingly fast. They draw a crowd on any beach and will leave most so-called high-performance sailboats wallowing in their wakes. Build your own and capture the romance and excitement of the South Seas.

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