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Guillemot Night Heron
I wanted to share with you a couple photographs of my Night Heron kayak (LOA 18′, beam of 20″), designed by Nick Shade of Guillemot Kayaks . The boat took nearly two years of weekends and evenings to complete, with work proceeding at a glacial pace during some periods. The boat was first launched on a cold, windy day in February, 2012 on Jordan Lake, located in central NC. It performed wonderfully despite the weather conditions and my kayaking skills being a bit rusty.
For those of you not familiar with Nick’s designs, it is constructed with thin strips of wood which are then encapsulated in fiberglass and epoxy. For this build I used what was generically referred to as “spruce” from a locally-owned builders’ supply (Fitch Lumber) in Carrboro, NC. All other building supplies came from Chesapeake Light Craft. I decided to paint the hull and cockpit coaming white and leave the hull bright. Final weight of the kayak is in the neighborhood of 43lbs.
Chapel Hill, NC
February 12, 2012