|Betsie Bay Kayak
P.O. Box 1706
Frankfort, MI 49635
BETSIE BAY KAYAK
Why a BBK Is NOT Like
Current BBK kayaks are produced
using a proprietary process unique to the industry. Weve never actually sold a stitch
and glue kayak - not once. While kit boats may have the outward appearance of a BBK,
the similarity ends there.
For example, our kayaks are molded in special fixtures utilizing infrared heat and
vacuum. A BBK is not a plywood boat with fiberglass cloth applied to the outside,
like a kit or homebuilt. It is a pressure-molded composite of S-glass and plywood
engineered for maximum strength-to-weight ratio.
Stitch and glue kayaks have seams where the plywood panels touch and are then rounded
off to form the chine. When a stitch and glue seam is broken in destruction testing,
it usually fails by the plywood delaminating at the edge. The epoxy fillet holds,
but the plywood edge splits:
BBK chines are solid epoxy composite. This produces a chine which is much more impact
resistant than soft plywood with a thin glass coating:
Our seam locks the plywood edges
together for much greater strength. Incidentally, our process allows us a finished
seam exterior without sanding the fiberglass. Homebuilders have to sand the fiberglass
exterior and tend to take the most off at the chines, where strength is the most
There are many other differences between a BBK and a homebuilt or kit. Weve spent
many years optimizing our designs and our construction. A photo of a BBK may look
a lot like a photo of a much cheaper kit, just as a photo of a $5000 bicycle looks
similar to a photo of a $100 bicycle, in spite of the very real differences.
We feel that our differences represent true value to the BBK owner and allow us to
warranty our kayaks.