Canoe and Kayak Building the Light and Easy Way

How to Build Tough, Super-Safe Boats in Kevlar, Carbon, or Fiberglass

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March 25, 2009


Paperback, 256 pages


0071597352 / 9780071597357


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Main description

The first quick-and-easy composite construction method for canoes and kayaks

This book is certain to appeal to any paddler with a DIY bent. Master craftsman Sam Rizzetta presents three attractive innovations: a new building method that makes Kevlar and carbon-fiber boats cheap and feasible for home builders; an ergonomically designed canoe that makes paddling easier and more comfortable; and a foam-flotation installation method that makes canoes and kayaks safe and unsinkable.

Table of contents

Part I: Construction
1 Choosing a design
2 The fabric form method
3 Shop, tools, plans, materials
4 The form
5 Laminating the hull
6 Turning the hull into a boat
Part II: Building in Safety
7 The self-rescue concept
8 Outfitting existing boats
9 Outfitting new boats
10 Testing and self-rescue
Part III: Designs
11 A solo canoe
12 Kayoo, a decked canoe/kayak
13 Wasp an ergonomic canoe
Appendix A Information resources
Appendix B Tools and materials

Author comments

Sam Rizzetta is a boat designer and builder, a master luthier (a builder of stringed, fretted musical instruments), a music historian, a composites fabricator, and author. A canoeist since the age of three, he has designed and built numerous canoes and averages 1,000 miles of paddling annually. His innovative Fabric Form method of boatbuilding is an offshoot of his work in the fabrication of custom composite aeronautical components.

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