A One Sheet Kayak

Just for something to do, I drew up a design for a one sheet kayak. It's made out of 1/8" luan plywood and it should have a displacement of around 90lbs.

As with anything designed by an amateur, this craft didn't come out as well as planned. It has enough built in bounacy to keep it's occupant afloat in the event of a capsize. Which is a good thing since it turns out to be very tender, and likely to capsize.

The Test paddler weighed in at 76 pounds and 5 ft tall. As an experienced paddler He advised that the craft was way to tippy, and probably not a very good Kayak. He paddled it around the lake for about 20 minutes, and was never comfortable.

So it's probably not a good kayak to build, for anybody that would fit in it.

Don't worry, I am not going to throw this Kayak away.  I just have to come up with a way to increase it's effective beam, inorder to make it more stable.  Perhaps one of those foam "Noodles" split in two, and glued on each side.  Or maybe a couple of empty 2 liter plastic soda bottles strapped to each side.

If you want to see how I built it, click here.


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Last revised: 7 September2003