On the Water

Building Your Own Kayak

In no time you can be paddling a beautiful boat you built with your own hands.
By Berne Broudy
Published: March 1, 2008
Photo by Allein, dreamstime.com
Paddling around the lake, river or ocean is a great way to become part of the vast natural landscape. It’s also great exercise and fun. The rewards are even greater when you’ve built the boat you’re paddling yourself.
Building a kayak is something almost anyone can do whether or not he/she has any woodworking experience or even knows the difference between strip and plywood construction. If you’re looking for a good shoulder season project to do in your garage or boathouse before it’s time to open up your camp, or you’re game for a continuing education experience that will end with a covetable keepsake, consider building your own kayak.
For first-timers, experts recommend two ways to tackle building your own kayak: a kit or a class.
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