To start with, I bought the following book. I ordered it via Amazon.com but you can also order it directly from the author.
The Strip Built Sea Kayak
Author: Nick Schade
Publisher: Ragged Mountain Press / McGraw-Hill
The authors Home Page, which is very worthwhile visiting, can be found at WWW.Guillemot-Kayaks.com
I highly recommend this book. It covers all aspects of building a strip kayak in sufficient detail for a novice to understand and follow and also contains the offsets for three kayaks (below) so it is great value ! With this book and the materials you can build a sea-going kayak.
I chose to build the Guillemot single as
although it is more challenging for a beginner,
I liked the look of it, and that's very important.
As it started to appear on the building forms,
my expectations proved well founded.
In fact, it looks even better in real life
than on paper. I was a total
novice to kayaks but this probably stood
in my favour as I was not confident enough
to meddle around with the design and so followed
the book more or less to the letter.
This was probably a good thing as at least
I ended up with the boat which the designer
intended. I had no project plan and
no timetable. I worked when I felt
like it and stopped when I didn't.
This made the project very enjoyable. I had
never used cedar before as it's not a commonly
used wood in Ireland, but it was a delight
to make its acquaintance. It is a lovely
wood. Extremely light, with soft splinters
and a very heady aroma when worked.
It also bends easily. What more could you
ask for !!