For more detailed information about these designs please browse through our listing of recreational kayak designs. These plans come with a 50 page instruction book including photographs and illustrations for building the boat from 3 sheets of plywood. Nick Schade has been kayaking on the ocean since he was in his teens and started designing kayaks in the late 1980's. These plans have the plywood panels drawn out full size over 10 pages that you will have to tape together. Nick Schade has been designing and building cedar strip boats since 1986, and is the author of two books on the subject. For more in-depth descriptions of the designs listed below you may look through the strip-built boat design browser. I've been paddling my strip-planked Petrel for years in all kinds of conditions from relaxing explorations of quiet little coves to getting beat up by hurricane surf and tidal races. The stitch and glue Petrel is a full-on high performance sea kayak that can be built with all the features paddlers expect from a modern sea kayak, including super-waterproof rubber hatches, including a day hatch. Like the strip version, the S&G Petrel has a transitioning chine, soft in front to hard behind. While I was at it I designed and built a 14 foot recreational kayak based on the same design.
The S&G Petrel is a sophisticated design that is not the easiest to build but the complexity pays off in the paddling. This is the ideal boat for exploring sheltered lakes and ponds and poking around sheltered bays.
Guillemot Expedition Single: With the same cross section and similar profile shape as the Guillemot, the Expedition Single has many of the same handling characteristics as the shorter Guillemot. Although the plans for this design are currently available, I have not built a prototype and am reluctant to fully vouch for the performance so I consider it still on the drawing board. A "recreational" kayak is intended for relaxed paddling around ponds, lakes, slow moving rivers and calm ocean. These full size plans include patterns for all the plywood parts to build your own wooden kayak.
These plans include full size drawings of each form drawn individually so you may glue the patterns directly to your form material and cut out around the lines.


These full size plans include patterns for all the plywood parts needed to build a stitch and glue kayak. From a high volume version suitable for heavier paddlers, to a low deck suitable for shorter paddlers. These full size plans include patterns for all the plywood panels and forms needed to build a stitch and glue kayak.
These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build a strip-built kayak. These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build the 10 foot or 11 foot kayak.
These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build a strip-built kayak. These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build a strip-built sea kayak. These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build a strip-built canoe.
These original designs draw on the years of experience to create unique high performance designs that move easily on the water as well as look stunning on land. These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build a cedar strip canoe.
These plans include all the forms and plywood parts drawn at full size needed to build the boat. The boat has served me well and I get a lot of feedback from other Petrel builders and users who find the kayak helps make them feel like better paddlers. This is accomplished with a multichined, 3-panel per side bow and a hard chined 2-panel per side stern.
It is recreational kayak well suited to sheltered lakes and harbors where you may occasionally encounter moderate winds and modest waves. It is short enough to be easy to handle on and off the water while having enough length to be efficient paddling modest distances. The length of the Expedition Single provides volume for gear and efficient long distance paddling.
These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build a tandem sea kayak.


These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build a tandem double paddle canoe. The result should be a capable medium-length cross-over between a recreational kayak and a sea kayak. These original designs by Nick Schade are based on his lifetime of experience paddling kayaks and designing small boats.
You bend thin strips of wood around forms, gluing the strips together as you cover the forms.
The day hatch is separated from the seating area with a sloped bulkhead to ease emptying water from the cockpit. This allows for responsive control surfing, with less a tendency for the bow to lock in, and softer landings going up through waves.
While not intended for rough water, it has enough stability to handle waves and enough length that it can still move if the wind picks up. You can take the provided form patterns and glue them to your form material and cut out around the lines.
You then sand the strips smooth and coat them with a layer of tough, transparent fiberglass cloth and epoxy.
For many people, the hours involved in building a strip boat just does not fit into their lives. The skeg is offset from the centerline to virtually eliminate jamming and is reliable, efficient and easy to adjust. Like all the Guillemot designs it is stable for its width and has a smooth transition from initial to final stability. Novices are comfortable with its stability, and experienced paddlers are impressed with its performance.



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