Been in boats since I was kid. Built one kayak and have been dying to build another boat. I have plans for a CS-20 sailboat in my bookcase. I have been wanting another kayak for a long time and torn on which one to build.
The time has come to build one. I am almost finished with the overheads I am working on. I have to build the entertainment center but the kayak, actually two of them are next. They may be built at the same time as some other projects?
My niece, the one that went dog sledding, also signed up for a week of kayaking in the Alaska but didn't get chosen for that one. We have been talking about building a kayak together for a while now. She is about to turn 17 and I know it won't be but just a year or two before college. Then a job, a husband and kids and all that stuff. So I want to get these boats done this summer and try to take her on a kayak trip this fall. Won't be to Alaska though.
I kind of digressed there. I have decided on a hybrid. A plywood stitch and glue hull because it goes together quick. Then spend some extra time and build strip decks because they just look so darn good! This is the boat I am thinking about.
I would have to come build a form for the top side since this boat is designed as all ply. I like the painted hull because we use them in some shallow rocky creeks and they get scuffed up. Easy to make paint look good.
I have a good idea on how to do this but would really like to hear from someone that built a hybrid kayak.