Build Your Own Skin-on-Frame microbootlegger Sport Kayak

Location: Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking - Manchester, CT
Dates: Saturday, January 19, 2019 - Thursday, January 24, 2019

The Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking is accepting registrations for this class held in Manchester, CT: call 860-647-0303 or 
visit this page for details.

Instructor:  Nick Schade

Tuition & Materials:  

  • Tuition: $795
  • Materials: TBD
Skin-on-Frame microbootlegger Sport
Skin-on-Frame microbootlegger Sport
Skin-on-Frame microbootlegger Sport
Skin-on-Frame microbootlegger Sport

Instructor and Designer Nick Schade writes:

I am really pleased to offer a new class. In this class we will build the Skin on Frame microBootlegger Sport. While I do not yet offer the plans, I am able to lead people through the building of this unique, fun sea kayak.

The original kayaks created by the Inuit peoples of the Arctic were assembled from driftwood and seal skin. We will update the process with CNC-cut frames and Polyester fabric, but lashing together small pieces of wood is still a great way to quickly and efficiently construct a very capable watercraft.

Boatbuilding Instructor Nick Schade
Nick Schade

The SOF microBootlegger Sport is based on my strip-built version. It is 15.5’ long, 22” wide and weighs about 36 lbs. The whole kayak can be assembled in a week.We will lash lightweight wood stringers onto pre-cut marine plywood frame using artificial sinew to make a robust frame. We will then wrap the frame in heat-shrink polyester fabric and sew it in place instead of sealskin. Finally, the fabric will be sealed with paint to make it waterproof. The result is a lightweight, flexible kayak which is strong, comfortable, fast and efficient.

At the end of the class, the kayak will be complete and ready to launch.

Note:  Boat kits for classes are specially prepared at CLC and delivered directly to the classroom.  These kits include essential supplies and may have certain parts pre-assembled.  Because of the particular nature of these kits, discounts and other promotions do not apply.   


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