Kayak Kits - DIY Kayaking
Wooden Rudder Vessels
If you’ve always dreamed of building your own boat andkayak kits paddling off into the wilderness, could be the answer to your day dreams. Whereas kayak plans might be the answer for real enthusiasts with plenty of woodworking experience, anyone that is pretty competent with their hands can construct a kayak from a kit.
It’s hard to quantify the pleasure you’ll get from seeing your boat come together and then taking it out on the lake or sea knowing you’re paddling a craft you put together with your own hands.
Building your own wooden kayak
Kits contain all the parts you’ll need to put your boat together including all the wood cut to size and pre-laminated. All you need is a little space, a few basic tools and some spare time. It’ll only takes about 80 hours to put your kayak together from the time you open the box to assembling, painting and varnishing the finished product.
Manufacturers generally allow you to try out some of their kit-built kayaks either on open days or by appointment and it’s a great way of knowing if building your own kayak is a good option for you. Once you’ve made the decision you can discuss which style of kayak is best for you and your needs, and discuss any special requirements you might have - most manufacturers will be happy to customize your kit for you.
Once you order your kit it generally takes less than a week to arrive (if you live in the US – up to two weeks for the rest of the world). Most kits have a wooden core covered by a fibreglass sheath and your kit should contain everything you’ll need to construct your kayak – from the plans to the pre-cut wooden parts, the epoxy, fibreglass and the hardware - seats, bulkheads, foot braces, rudders, hatches and deck rigging.
You’ll need enough space to work on the full-size kayak – whether this is a basement, a car port or the sidewalk – but it needs to be at room temperature as marine epoxies don’t work well in colder conditions. You’ll also need your own tools and some consumables such as sandpaper and paint brushes.
When you’re choosing a kayak kit don’t just be swayed by price, look for a good design and a manufacturer that offers free after sales support – when you get stuck during the construction of your kayak it’s good to know there’s someone who can help sort out your problems. Several manufacturers also have boat builders’ forums on their websites and these can be a great source of information and assistance when choosing or building your kayak kits.
Kayak kits cost between $700 and $1000 depending on the style you choose.