Build a Kayak from a Kit

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The perfect summer project made for pure fun

Designer: John Lockwood
Builder/Consultant: Dan Jones

Overall dimensions: 251⁄2"w × 13'l × 13"h

With just a small collection of hand tools, you can make this handsome recreational kayak in less than two months and enjoy it and the boatbuilding experience for a lifetime. How? From a kit containing precut marine plywood parts!

While kit boats abound, we chose to build the Pinguino Sport from Pygmy Boats Inc. designed by Pygmy’s founder, John Lockwood. It offers a smooth, quiet paddle at a 3. 5-knot pace. It’s easy to enter and exit. And talk about portability! The completed craft weighs just 34 pounds, making it easy to carry.

Of course the beauty of building from a kit is that it saves a boatload of cutting time. The kit’s $879 price tag for a wood boat shouldn’t scare anyone away, nor should the beginner-level woodworking skills needed. If you have a cordless drill, random-orbit sander, pliers, clamps, handsaw, block plane, scraper, and rasp, then you have what it takes to get started.

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