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Aleut and Greenland inspired kayak designs
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Featuring Building Plans and Kits for the home builder
If you love to paddle. These are the ultimate boats for you.
My boats are extremely light-weight, and take very little energy to paddle.
They respond quickly and handle unlike any boat you have ever paddled.
Their beauty will move you, even when you are not on the water.
Whether you stalk solitude or wildlife, whether you paddle for adventure or fitness,
|Let me build a Custom Boat for you.|
Disko Bay Greenland style sea kayak
Solo Portage set-up as tandem
|Wee Robbie double paddle canoe|
Laughing Loon Building Plans
I reveal dozens of tricks to make strip building easier, more than any books on strip building I've seen, and I've seen them all.
Let me guide you through the strip building process and you will have fun!
Wood strip building is easy enough for a beginner and yet is also the choice of professionals. A boat is created by gluing wood strips, edge to edge, over hull forms called stations. The wood hull is then covered, inside and out, with transparent layers of fiberglass and epoxy. This allows the beauty of the wood to show through. Wood-strip building produces a wood cored fiberglass boat. The fiberglass and epoxy layers on both sides of the wood core create a stress skin panel, which is very rigid and strong. Such a hull does not need internal ribs for strength and can be very lightweight.
"The wood strip method of building allows me to design and build boats with complex hull shapes. I don't have to compromise my hull design to the limitations of a less flexible building material or to the convenience of a manufacturing technique. All my designs use the wood-strip building method."
Rob Macks- designer / builder,
Laughing Loon Canoes & Kayaks
For a sampling of the information I provide to make strip building easier!
Strip Building Classes
Follow these links to see my Canoes Follow these links to see my Kayaks
Boats Built from Laughing Loon Plans
"Your directions were very easy to understand.
Everything worked well, with no problems."
Thomas Templeton, PA
"You have an exceptional product!"
Mike Dye, Wisconsin
"I did a lot of research on all things related to boat building before I started and I ran across your suggestions related to achieving a transparent lay-up for fiberglass. Your suggestions were significantly different than the instructions from (a major kit company) but the more coatings I did with epoxy, the more sense your suggestions made. So, I followed your suggestions as closely as I could and the results were impressive - completely transparent and only the slightest hint of the cloth weave. "
"Thank you for sharing your expertise. You can rest assured that others are using your ideas."
"How well written your plans are and how well thought out is the design.
George Bush, Oregon
Tigara (Norm calls his Panache) is a sweet boat, a tribute to your skill as a designer. She tracks beautifully and carries a big load..she is very easy to Eskimo roll.
Norm Sanders, Toss Head, NSW, Australia
Recently I had the opportunity to read a well established, West Coast designers instruction plans for building a kayak and I must say that your booklet is many heads above his for the information you supply for the customer and the manner in which you approach the whole process, and I'm greatly appreciative of your effort to make the whole endeavor a successful one."
Mucho grazias, Jim Gabrielle
Building the Baidarka Bow and Stern Video!
Rob Macks shows you, step by step, how he builds his baidarka bow and stern parts to get you started on the right foot, stripping your own baidarka kayak. This applies to the bow and stern for any of Rob's Star line of baidarkas, such as the Shooting Star, Fire Star, North Star, or Twin Star.
New Updated version of Rob's Kayak Building Instruction Book!
This book comes with of all of Rob's Kayak Plans.
OR, buy it separately, and use it to build any designers stripper kayak, faster and easier.
All the great innovations Rob pioneered are included, such as stapleless stripping using hot glue, bending strips with a heat gun and magnetic hatch covers!
Buy the Laughing Loon Building Instruction Book for Kayaks for $25 plus shipping
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