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!
James McGorry of Aurora, Colorado, built this 17′ LOA kayak relying on information from Nick Schade’s two articles on building the 10′ Nymph kayak that appeared in WB 199 and 200. He made the hull and outer rail from basswood, and the stems, seat, backrest, and inner rail from mahogany. Then he coated everything with 6-oz fiberglass cloth. On her maiden voyage, James and his girlfriend Shannyn,with her own wooden kayak, went to Moab, Utah, and paddled 10 miles of the Colorado River. The kayak handled beautifully and James and Shannyn are looking forward to many more outings.
Two kit boats from Chesapeake Light Craft, built from March to July, 2012. Mill Creek 16.5 and Chesapeake 17LT. Built in my shop in Points, WV, and launched at Camp Seven Lake, near Manistique, MI. The Mill Creek 16.5 will be used by me in the lakes and rivers of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York. The Chesapeake 17LT will be used by Dave Allen in Lake Superior and the waters of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The picture was taken at Chicago Lake in the U.P.
Two Skin On Frame Kayaks, “Sisuemchanceka” is a 19′6″ x 22″ beam Greenland kayak built from following Chris Cunnighams “How to build a Greenland Kayak” book. Took me a year to make and during the build I decided I could do a similar job without the stress and attrition of steaming and rejecting the ribs needed to for the hull profile.
This Jeff Spira designed Huntington Harbor Kayak was launched at Westlakes, Adelaide, South Australia. It was built by Jeff Rabone in May 2012. The design was modified by double skinning the cockpit floor and adding a keel and some sacrificial timber to the bottom. Buoyancy was built in fore and aft by sealing at the frames. It is a great boat and paddles well with a very roomy cockpit offering plenty of space to shuffle about and for fishing gear. It is very stable and one could be forgiven for thinking that they might stand up.
Doug Puckering launched two boats in May of 2004: a Steve Killing-designed 17' canoe and a Joe Greeley-designed 16'10' kayak. The canoe has a beam of 33-1/3" and weighs 50 pounds. Doug plans to use it in canoe segment of the Ski-to-Sea race on the Nooksack River. He used red cedar for the strip planking, Honduras mahogany for the trim, and yellow cedar for the sheer stripes.
George Dyson of Bellingham, Washington designed this skin-on-frame kayak. His design called for aluminum tubing for the frames. When Alex Zimmerman built this kayak, he modified the planking to a marine plywood and cedar sandwich. He used Douglas-fir for the keels and wales and Ramin doweling for the stringers. The skin of the kayak is 15 oz nylon sewn in place and waterproofed with seven coats of Hypalon on the bottom and five on the deck. Construction took about 300 hours over 2 years.
Michael Henderson of Gloucester, Ontario built SHUSHUGAH from a Sea Wolf Kit designed by Ray Folland Kayaks. She is built of plywood and epoxy using the stitch-and-glue method. He launched her at Go Home Bay on July 4, 2002. The name SHUSHUGAH comes from the first stanza of Longfellow's poem 'Hiawatha.' Contact Michael at 2645 Innes Road, Gloucester, Ontario K1B 3J7.