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Build a “Stitch & Glue” Kayak — NEW

Peter Gengler gave a short lecture & show-and-tell on making “stitch & glue” or “tortured plywood” kayaks for RICKA (RI Canoe & Kayak Association) at the Community Boating Center, Providence on May 16, 7:30 pm.

After making his first Greenland paddle, Peter was compelled to build a Chesapeake kayak kit followed by a yak every other year. Five kayaks later, Peter is a firm believer that “every sea kayaker has at least one kayak hiding within them waiting to be drawn out and built.”

The lecture goal was to show just how easy stitch & glue (or tortured plywood) kayak building is even with a minimal knowledge of working with wood. Forty to sixty hours of 45 minute tasks is all that is required. A very comfortable commitment of three months can yield a boat that fits like a custom pair of pants, weighs under 50 lbs and costs under $400.

The lecture included slides and a show-and-tell session. Two of Peter’s most recent kayaks (shown) as well as plans, tools and books were available for discussion.

Pre-season session
5/16, Monday, 7:30 PM

Community Boating Center
109 India Street
Providence, RI

195 East, Exit 3 (Gano Street). Left on Gano, under highway to end at India Street (facing the park). Right on India Street. Community Boating is on left at the end of the park.

For additional information contact:

John O'Flaherty
Executive Director
Community Boating Center
tel: 401.454.SAIL (7245)