This one has enough of the right stuff to make my April trip. I still will have to tune it up a notch. More of an old school design. Not like the plastic boats that can’t deliver and cost 3-6 times as much. When I talk kayak, I’m not talking about Yuppie POS or Native jobs. This one will hold all my gear and then some for an expedition style trip. It’s large enough to sleep in on the water too, but small enough to portage easily. The length is 12 feet, The beam is 3 feet, the draft is 2 inches depending on loading. Time of assembly looks to be around 3 days. Like I said before, The plywood goes up in class from 1/4 to 3/8’s from the get go. It’s more than enough boat for trips #1 and #2. Trip#2 will see the addition of a sail to speed things along on the Allegheny river side of things.
http://spirainternational.com/ has free downloadable plans to build this 12′ Huntington Harbor kayak from common construction materials.
Easy To Build Boat Plans at http://spirainternational.com has plans to build this Huntington Harbor Kayak. You can download these for free. The site also has many other boat plans, and much more home built boat information.
Here are my favorite picks from his page.
12′ Huntington Harbor (FREE!)
16′ Eloi Cajun Canoe
13′ Marsh Rat Mini Duck Boat
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Yep, This is a win. Later…