Initially, there were stability issues due to my own eagerness to start cutting wood and not thoroughly investigating the design. I'm considering continuing the snotter line to the peak so that when scandalized, the peak can be tensioned down to the mast at the cheekblock. I made a couple of One Sheet boats several years ago; they were flat-bottomed like Pirogues but did not have enough beam so I found they were not stable enough for me, and they did not paddle too well either. It is stable enough to handle the wake from ?near miss? by a fast-moving powerboat, nice-looking IMHO, speedy, only 22 lb, and can accommodate my 6' 4" 220 lb paddling buddy although I?m a little bit lighter. Generally I find it is not practical to get a kayak out of one sheet unless the decks are fabric, so my home-designed boats have all been canoes.
One reason my boats are as light as they are is, I do not glass or epoxy them, just paint and varnish.
I find that many One Sheet boats tend to be somewhat odd looking, iconic would be more polite I suppose. I haven?t sailed my home-built canoes but a few years ago I sailed my (plastic) kayak which is only 9.4' but very stable.
That rig worked very well, although with such a small sail it was not always possible to tack ans sailing upwind was very slow. There was no rigging at all on the last kayak sail rig: I even used a kind of tiller to control sail angle, instead of a proper mainsheet.


I had plans to re-create it with an Aluminum outriggers and telescopic mast but I got distracted with building canoes instead.
Location: Australia LP, here is a single sheet canoe I made to fit in my station wagon, All the best with yours from Jeff. When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. I have great confidence in it for flat-water use (rivers and lakes) but would not venture far on one of the Great Lakes or the ocean!
I use a double paddle, and when I need a rest I recline the seat, put the paddle athwartships and hook a leg over it for extra stability. That rig could be folded away from the cockpit in about 30 seconds and re-erected in about the same time.
It?s a truly challenging task to design an effective AND attractive boat that can be got out of a single sheet of ply.
I have actually fallen asleep like that, although I don?t recommend it in the middle of a lake with powerboats zipping around! I appreciate the light weight because I car top and it?s a long lift to the roof of my van at my age (70); I also have a long carry to reach the water at some of my favorite locations. Your kayak looks really nice in that respect, a proper kayak but too small for me I suspect.


I bend these planks over a couple of forms and fasten them to the ply stems, then I plane bevels ready for gluing the bilge planks. The sail had a kind of umbrella arrangement which instantly dowsed the sail, handy as my local lakes tend to generate sudden back winds and squalls; the rest of the time was required to collapse the foil and its outriggers against the side of the hull so I could paddle without obstruction. I assume you?re speaking here of the 4 x 8' sheets not the bigger 5 x 10' size available in some places.
This method produces a true monococque hull with no frames, just breasthooks and one thwart, and it is really stiff. The sideways force of the wind on the sail produces a vertical force from the foil that counteracts the heeling force of the sail, which is good in a kayak with a small cockpit because that does not allow you to hike out to balance the sail force.
The bilge plank seams are the only place I use epoxy, elsewhere I use Titebond III which sets up much quicker. I also inclined the sail which was also offset from the center line: it must have looked rather odd from a distance as half the time it was heeling into the wind.




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