Cedar Strip Kayak Building: A Weekend's Work
Cedar Strip Kayak Building: Cockpit Recess

Cedar Strip Kayak Building: I still have a lot of wood

Building the cedar strip Shooting Star baidarka. Photo Copyright ©2006 Andrew Elizaga

After putting the final deck strips on I still have a lot of wood. Almost all of it is northern white cedar, which I will use for the cockpit recess. Right now I have a little gap in the strips around the cockpit area that I need to fill. I've decided on an "ocean" sized cockpit, 22 x 18 inches. That's a large ocean cockpit (the Anas Acuta cockpit is 20 x 15.5 inches), but it shold give me some extra room in back for layback rolls and along the sides for side-sculling and balance braces. The cockpit opening in my skin-on-frame Greenland kayak Misterie is 24 x 18 inches.

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