GNALGAN has been my project over the winter months in Victoria, Australia. The name is an Australian Aboriginal word for the “Nankeen Night Heron.”
She is made of 4mm marine ply which has been coated inside and out with fibreglass. She is fitted with an electric bilge pump located behind the backrest with all electrics on the other side of the rear bulkhead.
This was my first attempt at any form of boat building and certainly my first introduction to fibreglass.
First build of a Wood Duck 12 from Chesapeake Light Craft—great support from CLC, and the boat builder forum was also an excellent resource. Had a prototype launch August 2014—still needed a few final touches, but I wanted my daughter to have a ride before she left for college. Final “official” launch on the Rock River in Moline, IL in September 2014.
This is a kit-built stitch and glue kayak from the friendly folks at Chesapeake Light Craft, Annapolis, MD. The hull is constructed of okoume marine plywood. I elected to tackle the hybrid version which incorporates the tri-color cedar strip deck.
Frank Bailleul launched his sea kayak CORRYVRECKAN built and designed by Sardine Boats on the Bono river, south Brittany-France. The CORRYVRECKAN is a stitch-n-glue kayak designed for tall paddlers and touring.
The boat is stitch and glue construction from a kit produced by Chesapeake Light Craft. The red pieces were stained prior to construction in order to highlight the “artistic” puzzle joints that designer Nick Schade uses. The build took 59 work days/134.5 hours spread over a five month period. I will primarily use the kayak to explore the many streams/springs located in the Ocala National Forest, with occasional trips to the beach to try surfing.
This is a Chesapeake Light Craft Petrel SG sea kayak. Construction is stitch and glue, fiberglass over stained Okuome ply. Custom changes to the kit included the soft pad eyes, dragonfly inlay, a carved skeg control housing and turned carrying toggles and paddle bead.
Relying on Nick Schade’s book The Strip-Built Sea Kayak, George Nourse built this Expedition single kayak from a kit by Chesapeake Light Craft. The kayak is a cedar strip-planked hull, covered with a layer of fiberglass cloth inside and out. George gave her six coats of varnish. He paddles primarily on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.
I built “Arrow” from a CLC kit, designing my own pattern for the deck and redesigning CLC’s combing. It took six months to build and the experience was very impactful. I fell in love with this boat before I ever launched her and kayaking is now a renewed pleasure!
AMI JOY is a Jupiter Point design by Nick Schade of Guillemot Kayaks of Connecticut. I modified the 13′-design to include a little spruce brightwork trim and built AMI JOY over the winter and launched her on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, on the Long Island Sound in Stamford. The boat is built from 4mm and 6mm marine plywood. The design is quite stable even in a bit of chop.
This sectional kayak is made of plywood and fiberglass. When it was being carried to the Torch Lake in Michigan, two parts stayed in the trunk of my car and one part in the back seat. It turned into the whole kayak in a minute before hitting the clear water of the lake. The reason I made this kayak is simple: easy to carry, easy to store, easy to build and most of all with the minimum budget. The longest part of the boat is only 4 feet that does not need a long working table to be built. To make the building process very simple, all walls are designed to be flat.
I built this kayak all by my lonesome in a little shop in Pemaquid, Maine. She’s a beauty (takes after her owner is what I’ve been told), and handles something like a Corvette. I just finished a trip with her up the coast to Machias Port, and am back home dry and tired.
This is my new launch Cirrus Greenland style kayak - 17′ 2″, 43lbs — stitch and glue mahogany and ribbed poplar with cherry and Spanish cedar accents, blackened epoxy seams, strengthened with carbon fiber in high stress inner deck and hull areas, and has rare earth magnetically sealed hatches for a flush, uncluttered deck and (I think) more visual appeal of the natural lines of her hull. Seat is birch and carbon fiber and cockpit coaming is layered with biased carbon fiber and fiberglass.
Exactly 2 months from the day I began my kayak building adventure at The WoodenBoat School, I christened and launched my Shearwater Sport on Lake Champlain. What a joy to finally see it in the water! Despite the chilly morning air in northern New York it was a beautiful fall day and my shearwater sport performed admirably, as expected.
Named in honor of the love of my life, Jacqueline Skiff, whose last name is serendipitously apt!