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.
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.