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Yak Mfg. Links

12-31-2001, 06:48 AM
For those who haven't found them yet. ;)
Boreal Design (http://www.borealdesign.com/)
Kajak-Sport (http://www.gokajaksport.com)
Dagger (http://www.dagger.com)
Eddyline (http://www.eddyline.com/)
Impex (http://www.impexkayak.com)
Lincoln (http://www.canoesandkayaks.com)
Necky (http://www.necky.com/)
Ocean Kayak (http://www.oceankayak.com)
Old Town (http://www.otccanoe.com/kayak_design.html)
P & H (http://www.phseakayaks.com)
Wilderness Systems (http://www.wildernesssystems.com)
Walden Sports (http://www.waldenkayak.com)
Prijon (http://www.wildnet.com)

12-31-2001, 09:34 AM
Feathercraft ( http://www.feathercraft.com)
Cobra Kayaks (http://www.cobrakayaks.com)

12-31-2001, 10:04 AM

12-31-2001, 03:48 PM
Chesapeake Light Craft (www.clcboats.com) carries wooden kayaks (and other small boats), kits, and plans. Of special intrest could be their sail rig (http://clcboats.com/sailrig.php3?cart_id=CREATE) that hooks onto kayaks and not only provides a sail but also two pontoons that should make a kayak extremely stable.

I built their North Bay XL (http://clcboats.com/northbay.php3?cart_id=CREATE) over last summer and have been delighted with it.:)

01-01-2002, 09:42 AM


My dream boat is a CLC, I just don't have the time to assemble one.

How does yours handle beaching, draggin over rocky sand, etc...?

Why did you choose the North Bay XL?


01-01-2002, 11:42 AM


My dream boat is a CLC, I just don't have the time to assemble one.

Well, it did take me quite a bit of time (I started when school got out, in early June, and finished in early August, but I did not keep track of hours), but considering that I had no boatbuilding experience nor had I ever worked with epoxy or fiberglass, it was not that difficult and turned out beautifully. The biggest project I did on my own before the boat was probably making a surf rod, and yet I did not find anything in construction very difficult.

How does yours handle beaching, draggin over rocky sand, etc...?

Well, I am much more careful with a wooden boat than with the plastic ones, but it is holding up well. I have not had anything go through my fiberglass, and I have hit some rocks and beached her on rocks. I varnished the entire boat (the wood is beautiful), although varnish is not as durable as paint. Despite this, the varnish has held up well, although there are a few scratches.

Why did you choose the North Bay XL?

I wanted a boat capable of covering water quickly (wooden kayaks are known for speed), and the North Bay XL is over eighteen feet long and twenty-two inches wide. In other words, she is a pretty fast boat. I usually paddle in a narrow lake across the street from our house that is about seven miles long, making for a nice fourteen-mile round trip paddle. With the North Bay XL, I can do that in under four hours (at an easy pace, if I paddle hard, I can do it in 2 hours and 45 minutes). Before I built my kayak, I had a ClearWater Designs St. Lawrence, a fifteen-foot, five-inch long, twenty-four-inch wide kayak and so I felt comfortable with a twenty-two inch beam. The North Bay is also suited to open water, and I live relatively near the lower Potomac. I find the twenty-two inch beam enough for fishing, although I generally prefer wading (it is more suited to sight fishing, which I like). Finally, the North Bay is a beautiful boat, based on the West Greenland skin boats.
I have some pictures of my boat at Webshots (http://community.webshots.com/user/seakayaker6).

School starts again tomorrow (and midterms are coming up), so I will be busy and may not be able to respond quickly to you. :(