Proudly Built in Indiana : 14 feet and finished....

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Project by indplswoodworking posted 07-05-2014 10:17 PM 2779 views 2 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first boat. This design was based very roughly on the Guillemot Kayak and modified it very intensely based on my requirements and preferences. This is a flat bottom kayak. Almost every aspect of this vestal was modified during the design process. It is 14 feet in length and consists of African mahogany plywood and MAS fiberglass/epoxy for the rigidity. The paddle is constructed from laminated layers of Poplar , Cherry , Pine , and Maple. When possible all species were harvested locally in central Indiana. Some of the modifications are: Custom seat with backrest , custom footrest , poly waterproof glove-box to storage , lizard mascot , embossed manufacturing date , and custom carrying handle. In regards to the construction time these photos were taken exactly 60 days after I decided to tackle the project. I worked almost every day fabricating or cleaning/organizing the shop. I would estimate it tool me about 30-40 hours of hands on time to complete the project. This is made from 4mm marine grade Okoume plywood and alternative strip built solid wood option could take 500-1000 hours to build , this is not a typo. Baptizing this tomorrow in Eagle Creek Reservoir. Wish me Luck!!!

Side Note :

For anyone that is interested I created a Lumberjocks Forum about 60 days ago documenting this entire process. It was created before I even made the first step in the process. Almost every major step has been documented with photos and there is a TON of great commentary and feedback from experienced boat builders. It also includes the free plans and step by step guide. My goal was to encourage someone to build a kayak or anything.

Check it out:


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#1 posted 07-05-2014 11:30 PM

Now that’s a canoe! Great work.

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#2 posted 07-05-2014 11:52 PM

what a beauty

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#3 posted 07-06-2014 12:03 AM

Good luck on the reservoir and some well

deserved fun!

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#4 posted 07-06-2014 12:08 AM

You should be proud! Nice boat!

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#5 posted 07-06-2014 01:27 AM

Cool! Nicely done.

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#6 posted 07-06-2014 01:48 AM

thats really cool

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#7 posted 07-06-2014 02:02 AM

Awesome, I like the area in front of the opening. Nice touch!

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#8 posted 07-06-2014 02:10 AM

Quite simply… Beautiful!

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#9 posted 07-06-2014 02:27 AM

Thanks for all the great feedback. For the last 60 days it has been in my shop and not seen daylight. It is amazing how nice it looks in the daylight.


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#10 posted 07-06-2014 02:48 AM

Great job

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#11 posted 07-06-2014 03:57 AM

Really awesome. I’m not a boater, but if I was…

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#12 posted 07-06-2014 07:49 AM

great, what fun to paddle in a homemade kayak! Enjoy

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#13 posted 07-06-2014 07:50 AM

Saw this, found your plywood kayak forum topic, read the entire thread, and came back here to comment. NICE WORK! Thanks for posting a lot of details on the build. A lot of good user feedback there too. I think it is worth posting here.

Let us know how she feels in the water.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#14 posted 07-06-2014 08:51 AM

This is a wonderful design and you did a great job on it. congratulations and happy paddling!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 07-06-2014 09:13 AM

Fantastic job,
beautiful, sleek, clean lines.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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