Now anyone can make their own, custom-built cae guaranteed to draw raves on land and water alike. The Illustrated Guide to Wood Strip Cae Building is a comprehensive, detailed guide to the process of contructing a high-quality wood strip cae, written especially for the vice boat builder. Sheathed strip boat construction is becoming increasingly popular among both amateur and professional builders. This is a method of producing a light weight, strong, beautiful boat of the sleekest design using materials, tools, and techniques available to the recreational builder. This book offers complete coverage of the procedures and techniques of mold set-up, assembly of the wood strip hull, epoxy resin, and fiberglass application, finishing, and more. All phases of construction are extensively illustrated with color photos and line drawings. For each stage of the building process, a range of alternative methods is presented, enabling the builder to select those which will yield a craft customized to his or her own needs. Source lists for cae plans, building materials, and tools are included. This book is dedicated to helping the backyard boat builder achieve professional quality results in creating a fine cae to use and be proud of for years.
Susan Van Leuven builds canoes and rowing craft at her workshop near Battle Ground, Washington. She exhibits her work at boat shows around the Pacific Northwest.