A range of simple, roomy and stable cedar-strip sea kayaks with plumb ends, soft chines and a rounded bottom. A range of comfortably stable and manoeuvrable cedar-strip sea kayaks with good all-around performance, efficient for making open water crossings yet responsive when close to shore. Single and double kayaks with cockpits so large that they are almost open boats, with huge buoyancy. Beautiful modern looking boats that are designed to allow everyone to enjoy being on the water.
A stylish child's kayak with excellent performance and plenty of growing room for years of use. A compact modern tandem kayak with a single large cockpit and the comfortable feeling of an open canoe. Sleek and lightweight Greenland style sea kayaks with good stability as well as excellent poise and responsiveness. A fast but compact tandem kayak with sophisticated styling, a functional layout and good responsiveness. A hybrid sea kayak that combines a high-performance plywood hull with a beautiful cedar-strip deck. A responsive, lightweight kayak suitable for day trips in rough water or exploring sheltered estuaries. The stitch-and-glue Petrel is a Greenland-style kayak with speed and refined handling that excels in surfing conditions.
The Petrel Play is a light and responsive 14-foot recreational kayak to suit a beginner for exploring lakes, or an expert surfing big waves. A roomy yet efficient strip-planked kayak or decked canoe for relaxed paddling and exploration. A lightweight surf kayak with terrific responsiveness and enough speed to catch the big waves.
The Chesapeake kayaks are expedition touring boats that excel in rough water and steep seas.
The Chesapeake Kayaks are expedition touring boats that excel in rough water and steep seas.
Light and easily removable outrigger floats that turn a canoe or kayak into a formidable sailing boat or a stable fishing platform. We've already mentioned some aspects of sea kayak design - rocker, volume, volume distribution, cockpit size & shape, the seat, knee braces, and deck shape. 2) Short boats have to be fat in order to support a kayaker's weight, and being fat makes them even slower. 3) Long slim boats have excellent longitudinal stability - they like to go in a straight line and will continue to go straight for a long way when you stop paddling. 4) Most kayaks 51-59 cm wide are easy to roll, wide enough to stay comfortably upright in ordinary conditions, but not so wide that they lean over every time a wave comes at them from the side.
High initial stability means that a boat feels solid and stable when it is sitting upright. High secondary stability means that the kayaker feels secure when leaning over to one side.
The American magazine Sea Kayaker often publishes detailed reviews of kayaks including the subjective opinions of several kayakers and a computer-generated stability table. Sea kayaks based on traditional designs are beautiful, functional and elegant, and their owners love them.
Any large, steep wave approaching a traditional sea kayak from behind lifts up the back of the kayak and tries to force the front underwater.
One possible solution, which has been applied across one manufacturer's range of composite sea kayaks, is to flatten the underwater shape of the hull, especially at the front. Like sea kayak designers, the designers of racing catamarans want to minimise pitchpoling and the effects of wind on the hull, but they have no interest in tradition. Seen from the side, racing catamaran hulls have ends which are either near-vertical or rounded like a torpedo.
You will find the same shape at the front end of the outrigger canoes and racing skis that are used for big-money ocean racing in the Pacific.
It is often said that the overhanging ends of a sea kayak are there to enable it to cleave through a wave and rise quickly to the surface again. At sea, downriver race boats catch the wind and weathercock quite badly, but that doesn't mean the design has nothing to offer. Toquenatch Creek is located at the gateway to Desolation Sound Marine Park in coastal British Columbia, Canada. The boats are built one at a time, spending over 350 hours to create a unique piece of quality wood working.

Adam, of Powell River Seakayak, is performing the 'eskimo roll' and giving his expert opinion on the Expedition's technical capacities. The 2002 Cape Ann Expedition Sport is an even lighter weight, shorter 16'8" version of the kayaks above.
Three of our kayaks shown in the Maritime Art display at The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle.
To find out about the standard components of a typical Toquenatch Creek Kayak, please return to the top and select the "Features" button. If you are curious about pricing, the "Services" button will bring you to the appropriate page.
If you want a peak into the story behind the kayaks, as it appeared in a shortened version in "Wave Length Magazine", click below.
The deck, made of highly figured mahogany, birds eye maple and chocolate cedar around the cockpit, is receiving a collage with four elements: A butterfly, a shell, 3 teardrops, and wheat.
The inlay at this point was not completed yet, the other wheat stalk on the right still needs to receive its grain in yellow cedar, and some grasses will be added at the base. Below are brief descriptions of the Cedar Strip Kayak Designs that we have plans and kits for.
Click on the design name to view pictures of the kayaks, as well as more details regarding suitability of the design & pricing. Each of the Kayak plans include a 65 page book of instructions with over 160 illustrations and photographs of work methods and jigs. A description of how to create canoe plans from a table of offsets which are hull measurements.
Elow are brief descriptions of the cedar strip kayak designs that we have plans and kits for. These are the most versatile boats in our range: they can be paddled, rowed using a sliding seat or sailed. If a sea kayak and a short river kayak start from the same point and are paddled in an identical way, the short kayak will go half as fast.
A short fat boat constantly tries to turn to right or left, and when you stop paddling it will often turn right round within seconds. Paddling a boat which has too much wetted area is like driving a vehicle with the handbrake half on.
A wide kayak with a flat bottom has very high initial stability and feels great to beginners but in waves the kayak will constantly try to conform to the surface of the water. Low secondary stability in a kayak means that if you don't keep the boat perfectly upright, if you lose your balance for a moment, you must be very quick to do a support stroke or you will capsize. Imagine a kayak which has the cross-section of a simple box, so it has a completely flat bottom and vertical sides. It will be very fast but its low initial stability means the kayaker will find it difficult and exhausting to keep upright. The cross-section of most kayak hulls is rounded but with a flattened patch in the middle, say 20 cm wide and 2 metres long, to give the boat something to sit on.
This has low initial stability because the kayak always wants to sit on one side or other of the V, but high secondary stability. The average man has considerable weight in his shoulders and upper body and needs quite a stable kayak.
Physics says that a longer boat will be more stable than a short one of the same width and cross-section.
In other words, whether the bottom of the kayak, seen from the side, is straight from one end to the other or is more banana-shaped. A very narrow kayak sits deeper in the water and may be less unstable than you would expect. If the kayaker is securely connected to the kayak by firm contact with the seat, knee braces and foot rest (s)he will have much better control than if the seat is too wide, and will probably perceive the boat as being more stable.
However in high winds they create a wind vortex at each end of the kayak, making it harder work to paddle.
The front of the kayak then acts as a brake, slowing the boat and making it feel very unstable for a few seconds until the wave overtakes and goes past. Whether they are sketching a 6 metre day sailor or a 25 metre round-the-world racing machine, they don't do overhangs. Seen from the top, they resemble a torpedo more than a knife because they have plenty of volume near the front of the hull. No kayak needs that ability more than a downriver racing kayak, which must have sparkling performance in heavy water.
The deck graphics and color choices for "the Flame" were a cooperative effort between Jurgen, and the client Dana in Florida.

The image on the deck shows Jurgen's marquetry interpretation of a Glen Rabena painting, with permission of the artist. All are significant to my client, and have been arranged to flow with the lines of the deck layout. This is immediately obvious if you look at a sea kayak and a short river kayak going along side by side. It would have a considerably higher cruising speed than a sea kayak, but only if paddled by a gorilla who has the power to overcome the drag created by all that wetted surface. Kayaks are usually slightly wider on deck than at the waterline, to give them secondary stability. A kayak much more than 59 cm wide will feel clumsy and will lurch from side to side in rough water. It will have high initial stability but when the kayaker leans sideways, at a certain point it will suddenly flip upside down.
Amongst other things, that means that a child's sea kayak can't be as lean and mean as one for an adult. A traditional sea kayak may be that long at the waterline but have an additional 50 to 70 centimetres which is almost always out of the water. This is because the top of the front deck is more or less flat and horizontal, the front end of the hull is axe-shaped and bites into the water, and the hull often has very little volume at the front.
If the wave is really steep, it may push the front of the kayak so deep underwater that the kayak becomes more or less vertical.
This makes for great performance in surf because the hull lifts out of the water and planes towards the beach at high speed.
Well, OK, some of Dick Newick's gorgeous trimarans have overhangs but aren't they more cruiser-racers?
The top of the front deck has a steep ridge which helps it slice upward through the water if it gets buried in a wave. The dark brown variety of cedar is difficult to find in long clear length, but can be used in smaller fields. Check back in mid October 2014 to see the "Amber", a kayak in chocolate cedar, tiger strip maple and burl with skeg and integrated compass.
Even at walking pace, the back of the short kayak is sucked down, the front rises up, and the kayaker's energy goes into making waves rather than going faster.
That, with a partly-flattened bottom for stability, is the underwater shape of a fast sea kayak. If the bottom is flat towards the ends, the kayak will also be noisy, bumpy and wet except on completely flat water.
The average woman is not only shorter but also has a lower centre of gravity relative to her height, so she may feel comfortable in a narrower kayak. The flat bow skims over the surface instead of biting into the water, which means that the kayaker retains full control and can make a radical change of direction every couple of seconds if (s)he wants to. Under the International Canoe Federation's racing regulations, the maximum length for a downriver race boat is 4.5m. While the color is as rich as walnut, it is light weight enough to be used in a wooden kayak. With a sea kayak, this effect is not noticeable except in very shallow water or at sprint speeds.
Increase its stability by splitting it vertically from one end to the other and inserting a narrow flat panel to increase its real overall width to 58 centimetres.
If any images that appear on the website are in Violation of Copyright Law or if you own copyrights over any of them and do not agree with it being shown here, please also contact us and We will remove the offending information as soon as possible.. A sea kayak which is unusually narrow at the waterline is probably suitable only for racing but if it has ordinary total width will become more stable when carrying a heavy load of expedition equipment. This can be fun, but only if you are experienced, close to a nice soft beach, and your kayak is unladen.
A flattened underwater shape at the bow can give you a noisy, splashy, wet ride on flat water unless the sea is dead calm. You don't want the bow to be so high it catches the wind or in strong side winds the kayak would constantly try to turn downwind.
You now have a boat which weighs much less than a traditional sea kayak, goes faster, is no more affected by crosswinds, will surf on a shallow ocean swell, and in big surf is likely to get all the way to the beach with minimum excitement. From time to time a manufacturer tries a sea kayak of this sort, but kayakers always seem to prefer the traditional shape.

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