Canoe and kayak from the Plans Book

Gary did an outstanding job of building the 54″ canoe and the 42″ kayak, coming up with some creative ways to make the seats and other parts. Looks great! Just in time for Christmas.

Hi Ray. Photos of my 2 projects from your book. Really enjoyed building them.   Gary from PA.  Merry Christmas!

Jack Simmon’s Lobster Build

The old boat builder fast asleep

Thanks Jack Simmons from Vancouver, Washington. He has built numerous beautiful boat models including several of our canoes. There’s a post I did on Jacks other kits further below. Nice work Jack.

Nice job on 42″strip kayak

Bob from Sheridan, WY did an outstanding job on the kayak, adding his own touches to the plaster seat. I asked him about the finish and he replied: Ray, Finish is 7 coats (sanding between every 2) of  Behr oil based spar urethane. Used it on my boats for years, works good, just needs time to sand and build coats. Did not epoxy hull. I did put deck on top of sheer clamp. That way it could hang over to be trimmed and shaped later. I also put extra decking panels (the wide ones) under the seat area to clean it up.


Great job on 42″ Strip Kayak

Chad Tompkin’s from Farfax, Virginia did a great job of building the 42″ Strip Kayak. He also made a short video of assembling the kayak, which should be helpful for anyone starting to build one. Chad commented:

Thanks, Ray.  It was a lot of fun and helped me get through the lock-down in our area.  I’m picking up some precut cedar strips on Monday for a bigger project.  I hope to take on a full-size kayak after that.  Thanks for making this product.  Take care, Chad

Canoes with the dark stain

Just built another 96″ canoe light with the big 7″ LED lights. Stained the dark color, it looks old and like it belongs. I also put in the narrow light deck, which personally, I like better than the full width version. You’re able to see the ribbing and inside of the canoe, especially after I put so much work into the ribbing. This one is going to a mountain home in Minnesota. Narrow deck showing off more of the ribbing and inside of the canoe. I build these and hate to see them go. More and more customers are asking for this stain. Early American #230 by Min wax.

40″ Lobster Boat built just like the canoes!

Just like the real thing, sitting in the water.

I have loved building the canoes but one day I noticed that the classic Maine lobster boats had similiar lines. Turns out you can build the lobster boat just like the canoes, upside down. The forms are designed to be left in place and cut off . Works great, very easy. All the other parts of the boat are simply made with odds and ends, paint and some imagination. Loads of fun, and I would not say that there’s anything super difficult to do. I have a couple of trial kits being built. Anyone interested in the boat, let me know. I am making the kit available. The next project is to motorize it which appears to be less expensive than thought.