Introduction to Boat Building

Introduction to Boat Building


The “stitch-and-glue” construction method is the easiest way to build a boat, as tens of thousands of amateur boat builders will testify. The approach, which emphasizes the use of epoxy adhesives and strategic fiberglass reinforcement combined with marine plywood, is ideal for first-timers. But like so many things, it’s easy to do but hard to do well. This class is about how to do it well.

The stitch-and-glue techniques date back to the advent of modern adhesives in the ‘60s. The basic process involves prefabricated plywood parts, which are stitched together with loops of wire, then glued with epoxy to create rigid and seaworthy hulls. The process dispenses with lofting, elaborate molds, and much of the complex joinery of traditional wooden boat building.

While the method is beloved of amateurs, in recent decades professionals have seized on this type of construction as a way to create beautiful free-form hull shapes with amazing strength and light weight. While still benefiting from the speed and ease of stitch-and-glue boat building, pros deploy sophisticated techniques that result in optimized structures and glittering finishes.

Whether you’re building your first boat, or looking to learn the advanced tricks that the professionals use to get “showboat” finishes, this one-week class will advance your abilities to work with wood, epoxy, and fiberglass.

Class Date:

All prices determined by Chesapeake Light Craft ( Materials provided by Drift North Paddle Co. Please note - the charge on your credit card statement will show as “Drift North Paddle Co”, “DRIFTNORTHP” or “DRIFTNORTHPADDLECO”.

Definition of ‘Done’: At the end of the week - you will be ready to return home and finish your kayak, canoe or paddle board. This includes final epoxy (if any), varnish and/or paint and outfitting.

Wood Duck 14

  • Dimensions: 13' 9" x 30"

  • Paddler Weight: 200-350 lbs

  • Maximum Payload: 400 lbs

Double Duck

  • Dimensions: 14' x 30"

  • Paddler Weight: 200-400 lbs

  • Maximum Payload: 400 lbs

The Wood Duck Double is a quick and light recreational tandem.

Wood Duck 10

  • Dimensions: 10' x 30"

  • Paddler Weight: 60-200 lbs

  • Maximum Payload: 250 lbs

Wood Duck 12

  • Dimensions: 12' x 30"

  • Paddler Weight: 80-250 lbs

  • Maximum Payload: 300 lbs