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KAYAK DESIGNS & PLANS
(PLYWOOD & CEDAR STRIP)

(last updated 08/12/14)

We have 9 designs - 8 for plywood stitch & tape construction and 1 for Cedar strip planking. The Seawolf plywood design also has an option to be built with a length of 17'6".

Kayaks on this Page

Dart 14 Dart 16 Dart 22 Seawolf Seafox Sealion 12'6" Esk 14'6" Esk

17' Esk

19' Greenland Siton 17

 

Included with each set of plans - 
 The full canoe catalogue is now on CD in PDF format - this version of the catalogue is packed with colour photographs of our canoe designs (more than on our web pages). The catalogue also has a guide to choosing an open canoe and useful FAQ's pages.
 The CD also contains a copy of our On-Line Manual which uses 65 colour photographs showing one of our Hazelnut open canoes being built in detail, a copy of a past article on building the Christine Open Trekking Canoe plus an easily printable order form and contact details.
 Please note that this CD is sent free with each canoe plan and does not need to be ordered separately if ordering a canoe plan from this web site. However, if you do want to order the CD only, go to the Canoe Catalogues & Manuals page. (Please note that the cost of the CD is not refundable if you order canoe plans later).
 Also go to the Catalogues & Manuals page to see details of our new Plywood Canoe Construction Manual which includes details of sail rigs, floats, outboard brackets, seat backs, sponsons, making the canoe in 2 halves etc.

The DART 14 Mark2 and DART 16 kayaks have been designed for simple home construction. Both canoes use 3 or 4mm plywood for the hull and deck panels and the stitch and tape method of construction. Because both kayaks use simple tortured plywood, strength is inherent in the shape and therefore little framing is required unlike many older ply kayak designs.

 

DART 14

 

 

The sporty 14’ single kayak (now in it’s mark 2 version) has a beam of 24’’ and a ‘V’ bottomed soft chine shape giving plenty of stability with a very good tracking and low wetted surface area hull. Construction uses just 2 1/2 sheets of Exterior or Marine ply and takes around 25 hours to build.
The above is a nice example by Stuart Moscrop.

The above 2 photos are of an example by Robin Waistell of Albatross Boats.
Below, an example by Andy White.
Right and below is an example by Arthur Smith.

Dart 14 Particulars

LOA 14' 4.27m
Beam 24" 0.61m
Mid Depth (Deck to hull bottom) 11" 0.28m
Approx. Dry Weight 35lbs 15.9kg
Approx. Capacity 250lbs 130kg

Hull Shape

V bottom/single chine
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 2 1/2 - 3 sheets of 4mm
Guidance Use Sea and general purpose
Drawing/Design Package 2 x A1 sheets + 5 x A4 instruction sheets
   

DART 14 FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £46 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £38 ($61)



DART 16
The Dart 16 double kayak has a soft ‘U’ shaped bottom running into flared ‘V’ sections fore and aft with a chine, giving a very stable shape. She has a large 7’ long cockpit and with her 32’’ (0.84m) beam she is ideal for sea canoeing. We have had 2 adults and a young boy in the cockpit on a trip around the Exe and she has plenty of stowage space for camping gear.

Both kayaks have built-in buoyancy chambers fore and aft and in both cases full size shapes are given on the plans for the bulkheads and deck beams. The decks are heavily rounded to give adequate room inside and to easily shed water and the hull panel shapes are easily transferred from the plans to the plywood sheets. The 16 footer will take around 35 hours and uses 3 sheets of ply to build and both canoes are very light and can be carried by one person.

Right is nice example by Robert Chircop.
A Dart 16 under construction by Evan Brown.

Dart 16 Particulars

LOA 16' 4.88m
Beam 32" 0.81m
Mid Depth (Deck to bottom) 13" 0.33m
Approx. Dry Weight 70lbs 31.75kg
Approx. Capacity 550lbs 249kg

Hull Shape

U bottom/single chine
Construction Method Stitch and Tape
Plywood Requirements 3 sheets of 3mm
Guidance Use Sea and General Purpose
Drawing/Design Package 1 x AO sheet + 3 A4 instruction sheets

 

DART 16 FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £46 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £38 ($61)



DART 22
The DART 22 uses a similar section to that of the Dart 16. This consists of a tortured ply ‘U’ shape which changes fore and aft into a full ‘V’ giving adequate buoyancy and a good entry at the fore foot. Above the shaped bottom there is a soft chine and flat top sides giving an efficient and handsome shape coupled with ease in construction. As with many of our other designs, the chine stringer is square sectioned and the ‘V’ gap between it and the adjacent topside panel is filled with an epoxy fillet doing away with tedious beveling and speeding up the construction process. The hull has large buoyancy compartments fore and aft and in the centre which can also be used for stowage via watertight hatches. 6 to 7 sheets of 4mm plywood are used in her construction and these may be Exterior grade. Rudder details are also shown on the drawings. 

Dart 22 Particulars

LOA 22' 6.71m
Beam 27" 0.69m
Mid Depth (Deck to hull bottom) 15" 0.38m
Approx. Dry Weight 110lbs 50kg
Approx. Capacity 650lbs 295kg

Hull Shape

U bottom with single chine
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 5-6 sheets of 4mm
Guidance Use Sea and General Purpose
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 sheets + 6 A4 sheets - includes rudder details.

 

DART 22 FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £46 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £38 ($61)



16' & 17'6" SEAWOLF
Seawolf is a development of the Dart 14 canoe. We have increased her length by 2’ and her width slightly and swept the bow up to make her more suitable for sea use. She has fore and aft buoyancy compartments and a large storage area behind the cockpit entered by a watertight hatch. Construction is by the simple stitch and tape method which keeps weight down to less than 40 lbs (18kg) and she uses 3 sheets of 4mm ply. Details are shown for the self lifting rudder. 
The above example is by Colin Murphy.

15'9" Seawolf Particulars

LOA 15'9" 4.8m
Beam 25 1/4" 0.64m
Mid Depth (Deck to hull bottom) 13" 0.33m
Approx. Dry Weight 40lbs 18kg
Approx. Capacity 315lbs 143kg
Hull Shape V bottomed single chine
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 3 sheets of 4mm
Guidance Use Sea and general purpose
Drawing/Design Package 2 x A1 sheets + 7 x A4 instruction sheets including rudder details.

17'6" Seawolf Particulars

LOA 17'6" 5.34m
Beam 29" 0.74m
Mid Depth (Deck to hull bottom) 13" 0.33m
Approx. Dry Weight 48lbs 21.77kg
Approx. Capacity 475lbs 215kg
Hull Shape V bottomed single chine
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 4 sheets of 4mm
Guidance Use Sea and general purpose
Drawing/Design Package 1 x additional A1 sheet

 

16' SEAWOLF FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £46 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £38 ($61)

EXTRA FOR 17'6" SEAWOLF PLAN COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £12 (incl. VAT)            

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £10 ($16)  



15' 8" SEAFOX


The Seafox is a development of our Seawolf design using 4 planks per side rather than 2 giving a well rounded and very attractive hull shape. she has storage and buoyancy areas fore and aft and a 3' long cockpit opening. Length is 15'8" and beam is 26" - overall weight is around 45 lbs. (20kg) and construction uses 3 sheets of 4mm ply (Exterior or Marine) with the simple stitch and tape process.

Below is an example by Russell Harley with an altered deck.

Seafox Particulars

LOA 15'8" 4.78m
Beam 26" 0.66m
Mid Depth (Deck to hull bottom) 14" 0.35m
Approx. Dry Weight 45lbs 20kg
Approx. Capacity 400lbs 181kg

Hull Shape

V bottom and 3 chines
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 3 sheets of 4mm
Guidance Use Sea and general purpose
Drawing/Design Package 2 x A1 sheets plus 7 x A4 instruction sheets including rudder details.

 

15' 8" SEAFOX FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £46 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £38 ($61)



17' STRIP PLANKED SEALION  
The Sealion was originally modeled on our Seafox sea kayak but the use of Cedar Strip planking for her construction allows a more graceful and curvaceous shape both for the hull and the deck. She is built over computer faired mould shapes set up on a strongback (all details and full-sized mould shapes are given on the plans) in 6mm Cedar which is sanded smooth and then sheathed in glass cloth with epoxy resin. 

Sealion Particulars

LOA 17' 5.18m
Beam 22" 0.56m
Mid Depth (Deck to hull bottom) 13" 0.33m
Approx. Dry Weight 60lbs 27kg
Approx. Capacity 280lbs 127kg

Hull Shape

Round bilged
Construction Method Strip planked (moulds also available for clinker/ply)
Strip Wood Requirements 1640' of 1/4" x 5/8" (500m of 6x15mm) WRC
Guidance Use Sea and general purpose
Drawing/Design Package 5 x A1 sheets +3 x A4 instruction sheets (rudder details given)

 

17' SEALION FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £61 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £51 ($82)


 

NEW 12'6" ESK SEA KAYAK


Below is a beautifully built example of the 12' Esk by Dave & Jonny Burke - this one has a strip planked deck - go to their web site at www.up-the-creek.net to see her under construction.


Like her bigger sister, the 12’ 6” Esk is a development of our Dart design. She has the swept up bow and flared out  forward sections to help her in choppy waters—and we have retained the knife edge to the rear sections to give her good directional stability.

She has water-tight compartments in both ends and space for water-tight stowage. Construction is for easy stitch and tape ply using 3-4 sheets of 4mm plywood.

The finished example above in yellow is by Bob Day and below by Robin Waistell of Albatross boats.

12'6" Particulars

LOA 12'6" 3.81m
Beam 24 1/2" 0.62m
Mid Depth (deck to hull bottom) 13" 0.33m
Approx. Dry Weight 32lbs 14.5kg
Approx. Capacity 250lbs 113kg

Hull Shape

V bottom single chine
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 3 sheets of 4mm
Guidance Use Sea and general purpose
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 sheets + 5 x A4 instruction sheets

 

12' 6" ESK FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £46 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £38 ($61)


 

NEW 14'6" ESK SEA KAYAK


The 14’ 6” Esk is a development of our Dart design. We have swept the bow up and flared out the forward sections to help her in choppy waters—aft, we have given her a knife edge to the rear sections to give her good directional stability. She has water-tight compartments in both ends and space for water-tight stowage. Construction is for easy stitch and tape ply using 4 sheets of 4mm plywood.

Left - Richard Smurthwaite in his Esk 14.
  Left - an example by Adrian Adamson
 Example left by Robert Wagenvoort
Example right by Steve Kirk

Below an example by Martin Lunghi with a more square cockpit.

Right, an example by Perttu Korhoren.
Left an example by Werner Selderbeen.

14'6" Particulars

LOA 14'6" 4.42m
Beam 24 1/2" 0.62m
Mid Depth (deck to hull bottom) 13" 0.33m
Approx. Dry Weight 37lbs 17kg
Approx. Capacity 265lbs 129kg

Hull Shape

V bottom single chine
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 4 sheets of 4mm
Guidance Use Sea and general purpose
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 sheets + 5 x A4 instruction sheets

 

14' 6" ESK FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £46 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £38 ($61)


 

NEW  17' ESK SEA KAYAK

The 17’ Esk is a development of our 2 other Esk designs. She has the same swept up bow and flared out the forward sections to help her in choppy waters and her additional length gives her more storage space and a good ride in choppy waters.

She has water-tight compartments in both ends and space for water-tight stowage. Construction is for easy stitch and tape ply using 4 sheets of 4mm plywood.

Below is a nice example by Geoff Hunt.
Below and right is an example under construction by Robert Causer.
Left, an example by Jim Walsh.
Note - Wayne Comben is using an Esk 17 for the River Thames Challenge to raise funds for the Children with Cancer UK charity. Go to http://riverthameschallenge2013.weebly.com/  to see more pictures and film of the Esk 17 and help raise more funds for the charity.

Left, an example by David Lavender.

17'6" Particulars

LOA 17' 5.19m
Beam 25" 0.64m
Mid Depth (deck to hull bottom) 13" 0.33m
Approx. Dry Weight 42lbs 19kg
Approx. Capacity 325lbs 147kg

Hull Shape

V bottom single chine
Construction Method Stitch and tape
Plywood Requirements 4 1/2 - 5 sheets of 4mm
Guidance Use Sea and general purpose
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 sheets + 5 x A4 instruction sheets

 

The example above is a slightly shortened version by Robin Waistell of Albatross Boats www.albatrossboats.com

17' ESK SEA KAYAK FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £46 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £38 ($61)


 

NEW  19' GREENLAND KAYAK
Dragon 35

The Greenland 19 has a simple V bottomed single chine stitch and tape plywood hull designed to ride out rough water with ease and to have a good turn of speed. She has an optional daggerboard box to help in directional stability.

The deck is strip planked over temporary moulds. She has water– tight compartments fore and aft as well as plenty of storage space.

Greenland Particulars

LOA 19' 5.8m
Beam 23 1/2" 0.6m
Mid Depth (deck to hull bottom) 14" 0.36m
Approx. Dry Weight 50lbs 22.7kg
Approx. Capacity 325lbs 147kg

Hull Shape

V bottom single chine
Construction Method Stitch and tape hull/strip planked deck
Plywood Requirements 3 sheets of 4mm
Strip Wood Requirements 820' of 1/4"x5/8" (250m of 6x15mm) WRC
Guidance Use Sea and general purpose
Drawing/Design Package 3 x A1 sheets + 6 x A4 instruction sheets

 

19' GREENLAND KAYAK FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £56 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £47 ($75)


NEW  17' SITON KAYAK
Dragon 35

This is a modern ‘sit-on’ type kayak where the cockpits are essentially open and sealed from the remainder of the kayak. The areas around the cockpits are used for both storage and buoyancy.

Construction uses 3 or 4mm plywood throughout and the stitch and tape process for the hull. The marked tumblehome in the topsides gives maximum stability for the crew and allows water coming over the deck to shed easily.

The drawings give the position for an alternative single cockpit version and for a simple rudder system.

17' Siton Particulars

LOA 17' 5.19m
Beam 2' 9" 0.84m
Mid Depth (deck to hull bottom) 11" 0.28m
Approx. Dry Weight 65lbs 29.5kg
Approx. Capacity 500lbs 227kg

Hull Shape

V bottom single chine
Construction Method Stitch and tape hull
Plywood Requirements 5-6 sheets of 3 or 4mm
Strip Wood Requirements 820' of 1/4"x5/8" (250m of 6x15mm) WRC
Guidance Use Sea and general purpose
Drawing/Design Package 5 x A1 sheets + 6 x A4 instruction sheets

 

17' SITON KAYAK FULL PLANS COST 

UK/EU - FULL PLAN £56 (incl. VAT)          

USA/ELSEWHERE - FULL PLAN £47 ($75)


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