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DIY plans for kayaks, canoes and other small boats

What Makes a Sea Kayak?

Tradition The articles in the late great print magazine “Sea Kayaker” featured articles of people doing multi day expeditions to far exotic places. Today’s legendary kayaks became legendary because of the legendary expeditions to remote shores in which they were used. The way to verify that a sea kayak is worthy of the modifier “sea”…
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Canoe and Kayak Plans from Bear Mountain Boats

​ I am excited and deeply honored to be able to announce that I am now offering plans from Bear Mountain Boats. For those who don’t know Bear Mountain Boats is the company started by Ted Moores and his wife Joan Barrett back in the 1970s to make and sell wood strip canoes. For those few where that…
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Comparing Petrel with the Petrel Play

Do You Really Need a Longer Kayak?

I often get questions to the effect of: “I have trouble keeping up with my friends, what kayak should I get?” Everyone knows that longer kayaks are faster, so obviously I should be recommending the longest kayaks I have to these folks. But is it really true? Are longer kayak truly faster? Well, like a…
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3-piece DIY kayak

A Ganymede in Three Sections

BY DAVID LARGE After making a canoe, in a stich and tape design, I decided that I needed something that was more seaworthy. The canoe is fine for closed waterways and calm rivers but not really suitable for the River Thames. After looking at many options and plans I established that I need something that…
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Launching microBootlegger Sport

Building the Strip Built microBootlegger Sport

Over the winter of 2018 I built a cedar strip microBootlegger Sport for a customer. I took video of the whole project and documented it on YouTube through an almost daily vlog. The project ended up comprising about 70 videos. You will find them all here. In this project I book matched the strip and…
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