I have decided to start a new project, building a cedar strip kayak. I toyed with the idea of building a kayak at first but as I have learned more about the building process I have become more enthused to build one. I know it not everyone's cup of tea, it wasn't really mine at first, but after seeing some great builds such as Auld Blug's Sedna to name just one, which has the look of a modern composite boat but made with beautiful cedar wood, I decided to give it a go. The idea of turning a pile of wood and glue into a beautiful boat and imagining the places it will take me is quite exciting.
This is the Petrel designed by Nick Schade founder of Guillimot Kayaks in the USA. It was designed as a responsive, light weight boat suitable for day trips in rough water but also at home in sheltered coves and estuaries. It is a 17ft boat which does suite the smaller paddler (ideal). It is a lively boat which accelerates quickly, carves down wave faces and maneuvers easily.