Kayaks You Can Build - By Ted Moores & Greg Rössel

An Illustrated Guid to Plywood Construction
Kayaks You Can Build Front Cover
Kayaks You Can Build Front Cover
Kayaks You Can Build Introduction
Kayaks You Can Build Sample

When you are taking on a new project such as building a stitch and glue kayak, it is really nice to have a lot of information about how to do the build at your disposal. Ted Moores and Greg Rössel created this richly illustrated book which is chock full of great techniques for making stitch and glue kayaks.

Starting out with a bit of historical context into kayaks, the book gives some insight into choosing a kayak, and setting up your workshop before diving into the process of turning sheets of thin plywood into rugged, beautiful boats. Ted and Greg provide very detailed techniques illustrated with full color photos. Starting with putting together the plywood panels, through assembling the deck and hull. They then go into details of how to apply fiberglass and epoxy, what it takes to do sanding quickly and efficiently, and then on into fitting out and finishing. Interspersed through are cheap tricks, cautions, advice on how to be lazy, and safety tips.

This hardcover book finishes up with 3 build journals showing how the above techniques come into play to build 3 different kayaks including a strip-built/stitch-and-glue hybrid. While this book does not specifically address any of the Guillemot Kayaks designs, it does provide a wealth of information that would be useful for anyone building any of our stitch and glue or hybrid designs.

About the Authors:

Greg Rössel grew up cruising on the waters of New York Harbor and spending time in the boat yards on the south shore of Staten Island where economics (more than anything else) made wooden boats the craft of choice. He makes his home in Maine where he specializes in the construction and repair of small wooden boats. Since graduating at the top of his class in boatbuilding technology from Washington County Vocational Technical Institute, Greg has had a multifaceted career. For several years, he was an assistance restorer for a major private collection of antique runabouts and airplanes. Then he spent another couple of years as an instructor and assistant director at Maine Maritime Museum’s Apprenticeshop program. All the while, he was building his own shop at home in Troy, Maine, and tackling a wide variety of small-boat construction and restoration projects. For over 30 years, Greg has been able to work for himself full-time, aside from a few odd jobs like setting up a wooden Whitehall factory in Mexico, custom lines taking and documentation for museums and other customers, and writing over 200 articles for WoodenBoat, and other publications. Since 1987, Greg has been an instructor at WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine, teaching lofting, skiff building and the “Fundamentals of Boatbuilding”. 

Ted Moores is a Canadian boat builder, author, and educator. His book Canoecraft has sold over 300,000 copies worldwide. Moores began his canoe building career in 1972, working with Greavette Boat Works of Gravenhurst, Ontario. He opened his first business, Sundance Canoe Company, in 1972. He sold Sundance a year later and founded Bear Mountain Boats in 1977. In 1983, Moores released Canoecraft, a how-to manual for home canoe builders, which has been called "the definitive guide to wood-strip canoe construction." In 2010, woodworker and actor Nick Offerman appeared in the video Fine Woodstrip Canoebuilding, a visual companion piece to Canoecraft. He has also worked as an instructor for WoodenBoat School and the San Francisco Maritime Museum.

Moores has been an important figure in the development of the Canadian C4 and C15 racing canoes, supplying over 85 sprint canoe clubs nationally. A canoe built by Moores was presented as a wedding gift from Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau to celebrate the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.