Welcome to Fyne Boat Kits, makers and suppliers of wooden boat kits, boat plans and boating equipment.
We also offer supervised boat-building and surfboard-building courses and we have workshop space available to hire. Building a boat is made stress-free by our step-by-step manuals and free expert support by phone and email. We use only the highest-quality materials, so that your boat will last decades, not just years. Guillemot Kayaks specializes in in providing experienced and first-time boat builders the know-how to build their own kayaks and other small boats. Using the "Strip-Built" or "Stitch and Glue" methods, beginner boat builders with little or no wood working experience have successfully built a beautiful wooden kayak.
Building Strip-Planked Boats continues in the tradition of passing on boatbuilding knowledge in an accessible and humorous manner. Wood Duck 10 Recreational Kayak: A Beautiful, Ultra-light Kayak You Can Build from a Kit or Plans! The Mill Creek is a sea kayak with a cockpit so large that it is almost an open boat: An open boat with a huge volume of buoyancy.
Ever since 1997 when WoodenBoat Magazine featured the Mill Creek 13 in a two-issue spread the Mill Creek models have been built in the thousands. The Mill Creek was designed as a wider, shorter, and more stable alternative to the typical sea kayak. The Mill Creek's multi-chine hull and relatively long waterline give a surprising turn of speed. The boats come with traditional slatted seats but an upgrade is available which replaces them with a luxury seat and backband for less than the standard price.
Like all of the Mill Creeks, the 13 is surprisingly fast thanks to her efficient 5-panel multichine hull and feather-light 40lb weight. The Mill Creek 16.5 will carry two adults together with camping gear but is still light enough to be paddled by one. The 13 and 16.5 make wonderful sailing boats, sailing well with a standing or balanced lug sail. If, later, you decide to purchase the kit the cost of this manual will be deducted from the kit price. The manual does not contain the cutting instructions so it is not possible to build the boat from scratch using only this. After credit card authorisation the plans will be sent to the email address put on the order form.
When you have studied the plans, your next step might be to order the printed instruction manual, which will walk you through the project step-by-step.
This option contains only the plywood components pre-cut to the correct size with pre-cut joints plus the plans and manual.


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. Our range of recreational and performance watercraft includes rowing, sailing and motor boats, canoes and kayaks as well as surfboards and paddleboards. We make some of the most advanced kits available, with pre-cut joints and pre-drilled tie holes. On these pages you will find information and designs from Nick Schade the man who wrote the best selling book on kayak building.
It provides clear and complete instructions to build a light-weight, high performance sea kayak.


They look good are easy to build and, even though they are more stable than most kayaks, the Mill Creeks offer good speed and handling that you will never get tired of. That is, if high performance is defined as comfort, good handling, rewarding speed, stability and classic good looks. Combining the stability and comfortable seating of a canoe with the light weight and decked-in security of a kayak, the Mill Creek is perfect for photography, fishing, ornithology, or just relaxed paddling. They are not as pretty as the traditional seats but more comfortable for long distance work. The cockpit is 54″ long to allow easy entry and exit while the high coaming ensures a fairly dry cockpit even without a spray deck. It is hugely popular since it can be fitted with a sailing system or a drop-in rowing unit or, if you want excitement, we have a kit for outriggers that are attached with clips and which turns it into a fast trimaran. This is the comprehensive manual that accompanies the kit; reading it will help you decide whether or not you can build the boat.
They contain sufficient information on the cutting of the panels to make it possible to build the boat from scratch rather than a kit. It does not contain the plans or manual, any of the epoxy to glue and coat the boat, the fabric or tape nor any of the hardware. These are the most versatile boats in our range: they can be paddled, rowed using a sliding seat or sailed.
All our boat designs are proven by a series of prototypes – the kits go together well and the boats perform well. Mahogany trim on cockpits and rails, cambered decks and contoured slatted seats add elegance whilst the fibre glassed 6mm bottom panel will absorb years of groundings in shoal water. Originally drawn as stable and compact complement to the more traditional sea kayaks, the Mill Creeks have found fans among paddlers of all skill levels because they offer so much boat in such a light and easy-to-manage package. The Mill Creek 13 is light and easy to carry on a roof rack whilst still providing enough capacity for camping gear. Several customers have fitted little electric motors and one has installed a pedal power unit. It describes all of the techniques that will be used during the build and also a step by step guide to construction.
The seats are available separately but will save you money if purchased as an upgrade to the kit.
There is enough capacity for camping gear (with optional deck hatches) and the boat can be trimmed by sliding the seats fore and aft on their mounts.



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