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John's Night Heron

These pages contain photos taken during the construction of my Night Heron sea kayak.  I wanted a kayak that would be fast, easy to roll and fun to play in.  I also like the Greenland style of the Night Heron.  I built his boat from plans by Guillemot Kayaks.

Page 1: Stripping (you're here!)
Page 2: Fiberglassing
Page 3: Cockpit and Hatches
Page 4: Varnishing and Deck Rigging
Page 5: Launching! 

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The internal stems were made from laminated cedar strips.  I find it easier to use laminated strips than to carve a single piece of wood.

The laminations make a nice, fair curve without a lot of planing.

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This design has a fairly hard chine for a strip boat.  I'm using bead and cove strips that are about 0.23 inches thick and 3/4" wide.  On the chine area, I'm using 1/2" wide strips.  

The strips were cut from decking lumber purchased at Home Depot.

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The Night Heron has a relatively flat bottom, with a lot of volume towards the ends.

A block plane and a piece of 60 grit sandpaper glued to a scrap strip made quick work of fitting the ends of the strips. 

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The bow and stern will have  external stems made of mahogany.


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The Night Heron is only 20" wide.

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Another view.

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I'm building without staples, except in some temporary strips.
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The strips near the shear on the deck take some radical twists, and it took a combination of clamps, screws, tape and hot melt glue to hold them in position until the wood glue dried. 

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Sometimes I just have to stand back and admire the boat.  


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The Night Heron plans. 

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The deck is covered!  This striped deck pattern is similar to a boat I saw in an R2K2 photo.  


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The entire boat is Western Red Cedar, except for the mahogany stems.  The light colored wood on the deck is from a single board of sapwood.  The dark accent strips are 1/8" wide strips from a chocolate-colored  board.    The hull is from light tan boards.  

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Created November 23, 2003