Kayaks, tenders and power boats

We build boats up to about 18 feet in length. Kayaks, tenders, rowing boats, small sailing boats and even a power boat. Here are a few we’ve built, demonstrating the wide range of available craft. We’ll build pretty much anything that will fit in our shop and that we can get plans for.

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This is a small plywood kayak built for a 12-year-old (with a passion for the Lord of the Rings – notice the boat’s name.) It is stable and fast, a great introductory boat.
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This is a basic taped-seam kayak from high grade marine plywood built in a Greenland style. It is a hard chine design that steers beautifully when leaned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is a skin-on-frame baidarka. This boat was built in the traditional Aleutian Island style. Sort of. It has no screws or glue; all joints are tied with “artificial sinew,” which is indistinguishable from dental floss. The frames and cockpit coamings were steam bent. The boat is covered with heat-shrunk polypropylene fabric. It makes a strong, flexible extremely light sports car of a kayak.

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Here’s a 17-foot power boat designed for fishing in shallow bays and rivers. It is a Long Point design by Tom Hill. It has a flat bottom built from two layers of 3/4 inch plywood, giving an extremely strong underside for resting on sand bars. It gets up on a plane nicely with a 15 hp outboard. This boat has since been modified with the addition of a center steering console.
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This is a favorite. It is an Annapolis Wherry designed by Chesapeake Light Craft. This 18-foot boat has a drop-in sliding seat Piantedosi Row Wing rig. Despite the low freeboard, this boat handles waves and wakes with ease. And with long oars and the sliding seat it flies.
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This was a fun, and pretty boat to build. It is a Coot pram designed by Nick Schade of Guillemot Kayaks. With an eight foot length by four foot beam, weighing 60 pounds, it makes a gorgeous but minimal tender. This boat was built from 1/4 inch thick cedar strips, covered with fiberglass and epoxy inside and out. I added a layer of kevlar cloth on the inside for added insurance. It is quite the little head turner.