A while ago I purchased Nick Schade’s book The Strip-Built Sea Kayak. From it I built his Guillemont. I also liked the look of the Great Auk but liked the speed and ease of ply construction stitch and glue.
I drew up the forms and used these to get the general shape. All went very well. I found some 2.5 mm ply $5 per half sheet 1200 mm x 600 mm. This ply comes from Asia between boxes of food ??
Doug Burns built this Shearwater 17 from a Chesapeake Light Craft kit. The honey colored hull is Okoume plywood, the dark red deck Sapele. She has an LOA of 17′ and a beam of 22″. Designed by Eric Shade, she weighs about 45lbs. Doug’s wife, Sara, will paddle in Lake Erie off the shores of Rocky River, OH. Doug may paddle some too. Photos by Billy Delfs at www.billydelfscom, kits available at www.clcboats.com.
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.