JEM Designed Kayak/Pirogue for Fishing

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Project by AustinFisher posted 1769 days ago 5368 views 9 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Living in Central Texas and wanting to fish more of the wonderful limestone rivers here requires a kayak or canoe. I wanted a boat I could easily carry, but was stable enough to fly fish from. I found JEM boat designs online and bought his Swamp Girl pattern. This is my first but not my last boat build. 14 foot long by 30 inches at the beam. She is great to paddle and fish from.

-- AustinFisher

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#1 posted 1769 days ago

Nice work. Brings back great memories. My first tasatew of woodworking was when I was a little boy around 7 or 8 years old back around 1955. My Dad and Uncle would build pirogues and skiffs in our garage and I always used to hang around and have fun when they would get me involved…even if it was just to sand or learn some basics of woodworking. I guess the interest stuck since I still love woodworking as much as ever.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#2 posted 1769 days ago

Great looking kayak, that color just jumps out at you,almost looks to nice to put in the water.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#3 posted 1769 days ago

Is it stable enough to stand to cast, or do you have to stay seated? Nice looking craft.

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#4 posted 1769 days ago


Can I stand in it? Yes
Do I want to? No. :)

I do sit up on the thwarts to cast though.

-- AustinFisher

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Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 1769 days ago

Get out of town! This is one of the coolest projects I’ve seen for awhile. Excellent work.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#6 posted 1769 days ago


I’ve asked Santa for a book on strip built kayaks I hope he remembers me! Great looking canoe! I can’t wait to take a shot at building a strip Kayak.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#7 posted 1769 days ago

Fantastic job.. how much does it weigh?

-- "The worst day fishing is better than the best day working!"

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#8 posted 1769 days ago

Great job

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#9 posted 1769 days ago

Very nice, I have been wanting to build myself a kayak for quite some time now, I really enjoy sea kayaking, hopefully I will get around to it sooner rather than later, thanks for the post.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#10 posted 1769 days ago

Thanks all,

drfisherman, about 50 pounds without rigging.

-- AustinFisher

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#11 posted 1769 days ago

Hey Austin,
Sweet Kayak…..great finish…....well done.

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#12 posted 1768 days ago

Great looking boat. Do you use a single or a double blade paddle? I’ve wanted to build a kayak for a long time. Years ago I bought “The Strippers Guide to Canoe Building” by “David Hazen” It comes with full size plans for two canoes and two kayaks… Only I’ve never found the time to build one. (the strips have been cut and are in the rafters of my wood storage area)

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#13 posted 1768 days ago

14 footer, 50 pounds, that’s sounds great.
Great project, very functional, will be enjoyed for years for years by the look of it…..........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#14 posted 1768 days ago

Great workmanship, I really like the finish

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#15 posted 1768 days ago

is it just me or is that a dugout canoe/kayak ?,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I wanna see the paddle?.....the helmsmen oar?

impressive !!!

boats are step above the rest

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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