Photographer's Note

This is one of my stich & glue kayaks built from a kit.
This one is a 17ft Chesapeake hard chimed. I also have two multi-chimed boats, a 20 footer that holds three and a 17 ft. 6 in. single both kits were made by Pygmy Boats.

Stitch and Glue

Stitch and Glue kayaks are built from thin panels of plywood, cut into specific shapes, tied together temporarily with copper wire (the stitch) and then epoxied together (the glue). These boats are typically covered with a light layer of fiberglass cloth and resin on the outside, and often on the inside as well.

Because the final shape of the boat depends on the shape and number of panels used in construction, they are typically built from plans or kits rather than someone's "kitchen table" design. These boats can be finished "bright" or natural, or painted. It is quite common to see them with painted hulls and bright finished decks. Because the boat is built from plywood panels, it will have sharp chines or very noticeable "multi" chines hulls.

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Additional Photos by Tom O'Donnell (gunbud) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 5926 W: 8 N: 8034] (34066)
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