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Thank you very much for providing this platform! Because I am interested in wooden boats, I want to make a boat for my wife and children that can really be launched. Today, this wish can begin to come true.
-Monday, February 28, 2022 at 21:46:33 (EST)

Jake Gutteridge
Cheshunt, Hertfordshire England
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I am not a Kayaker, however I have enjoyed looking at the very attractive designs on this website and I can tell that it is a real passion of yours. I found the site through
-Friday, August 13, 2021 at 05:20:45 (EDT)
Michael John Adams
Fanny Bay, British Columbia Canada
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-Friday, May 14, 2021 at 00:06:56 (EDT)
David Rutledge
Sun City West, AZ USA
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I built the Cape Ann Double in 2013.
-Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 21:35:46 (EDT)
Carlos Kipnis
Săo Paulo, SP BRASIL
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Great Kayaks!
-Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 13:07:00 (EDT)
Chris Salayka
Victoria, BC Canada
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-Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 00:18:12 (EDT)
I've built the Cirrus Hybrid, Expedition Sport, Cape Ann double, and the Storm. The blue prints are excellent and easy to use. The instruction book clear and straight forward. They have all been fun to build and more importantly they are all great boats to paddle. I have spent several hundred hours in them and have no complaints, only big smiles. The only down side is you will be stopped frequently by folks wanting to look at the boats and ask questions. Thanks for all of your help. Johnny
-Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 16:05:33 (EDT)
Francesco Dante Pistolini
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Congratulations for the beautiful kayak plans & kits
-Thursday, April 09, 2020 at 13:45:25 (EDT)
Gregg potter
San diego, Ca USA
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Thanks for the scarfing information. I am restoring a 1960 Herroshoff Ketch. I used your info to scarf the 3/8 plywood roof. It was easy and effective. Made me look good
-Monday, January 20, 2020 at 00:38:27 (EST)
John R Culleton
Stafford, Virginia United States
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-Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 08:44:04 (EST)
Greg Hoglund
Bremerton, Wa USA
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Thank you for posting how to make and use the scarfing jig. I have been dreading trying to join six sheets of plywood together using a block plane.
-Tuesday, October 09, 2018 at 04:44:25 (EDT)
Paul Andresen
Paradise, CA USA
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-Friday, June 29, 2018 at 23:08:23 (EDT)
Estelle DeRidder
LaCrescenta, CA USA
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-Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 20:29:03 (EDT)
Robin Brown
Willis, TX United States
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-Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 14:02:13 (EDT)
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I really like this kind of sport.
-Monday, May 07, 2018 at 07:32:50 (EDT)
Todd Herman
Yuba City, CA USA
Thanks for your site!
-Thursday, May 03, 2018 at 17:05:50 (EDT)
Cary Ruffner
North Huntingdon, pa USA
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-Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 09:35:41 (EST)
Ken Lehn
Spring Valley, Illinois United States
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Great, informative site
-Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 01:50:51 (EST)
Parker Buckley
Yellow Springs, Ohio United States
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-Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 13:02:57 (EDT)
Robert Baldree
Macon, GA USA
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-Monday, September 04, 2017 at 22:50:32 (EDT)
rafael quesada
tampa, fl USA
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First time builder, getting plans for cape ann double, very informative site.
-Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 14:09:45 (EST)
Dwight Menefee
Hermitage, Mo USA
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-Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 20:32:10 (EST)
Bill Howell
Portland, OR USA
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First time kayak builder, will be making a Cirrus LT over winter 2016. Looking forward to the adventure, and to paddling come spring!
-Monday, October 24, 2016 at 17:54:08 (EDT)
Tim Curley
Johnson City, New York United States
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Great site!. I've build one double 17' kayak and now I've got the bug! I'll be buying plans for the next one from THIS site!
So much knowledge from here. Great designs!
-Monday, October 10, 2016 at 18:58:38 (EDT)
Antonio de Aguirre
South Miami, Fl United States
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Cape Ann Double Kayak interest
-Friday, September 30, 2016 at 20:08:53 (EDT)
Rick Eliot
Rockport, MA USA
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-Thursday, September 08, 2016 at 02:56:20 (EDT)
Kyle Oleynik
Los Angeles, CA USA
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Hello :)
-Friday, June 17, 2016 at 22:19:10 (EDT)
John Hernandez
Salem, Oregon USA
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Looking to build stich and glue like the idea of the type of your plans not having to be measure and draw out line ect
-Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 17:21:58 (EDT)
David Kodos
Harrison Township, MI USA
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Well done! My first strip kayak build, There is a lot of good advice and information. Thanks!
-Friday, February 12, 2016 at 11:41:18 (EST)
Purwokerto, central java USA
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This website is very interesting to see. article was very interesting to read. I hope the article is posted on this website is useful for readers.
-Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 21:19:22 (EST)
Glenn Brady
Central Coast, NSW Australia
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3yrs after building a Double I have nearly got my Expedition in the water. Caught heaps of fish offshore in the Cape Ann Double and looking forward to getting this Kayak wet. Thanks again Vaclav for the great plans
-Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 00:40:13 (EST)
Jonathan Senn
Tucson, az USA
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-Wednesday, December 02, 2015 at 13:55:47 (EST)
Taeko Bowden
Simi Valley, CA USA
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I was searching for Epoxy info, and came to your site. I was impressed by your in-depth research and write-ups. Thank you for the extensive test for the products. It sure helped me.
-Monday, November 09, 2015 at 16:53:44 (EST)
Alan Speakman
Harwich, MA USA
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-Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 15:25:38 (EDT)
Montgomery, NY USA
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I am using this website to get advice on purchasing sea kayaks. I am looking forward to reading their recommendations.
-Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 13:00:42 (EDT)
Fridley, MN USA
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I'm going to build some kayaks for my family, starting with a Cape Ann HV.
Somewhere down the road I intend to adapt my HV with a sail and outriggers.
-Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 08:28:45 (EDT)
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Searching through composite sandwich construction, I came across your ocean kayak site. Really informative in a practical way. Thumbs Up! While I have friends who have interest, I passed your link along. My interest is in small aircraft and composites shares this with boats.
-Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 00:39:14 (EDT)
Karl Strauss
Houston, TX USA
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Most informative and complete information out there. Consider me hooked. I owe ya half a beer already!
-Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 14:52:37 (EDT)
Derek DeGrate
Charlotte , Nc USA
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Great site!
-Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 16:35:46 (EST)
Glen Maul
Valdosta, GA USA
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I don't have a clue as to how to build a kayak, but I can't stop daydreaming about constructing my very own.
-Wednesday, January 07, 2015 at 23:01:39 (EST)
Stuttgart , Germany
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Just want to thank you for the excellent epoxy test and complete information you posted. It will save me a lot of time and money!
-Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 05:20:48 (EDT)
friedemann tschanter
norah head, nsw australia
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I have a barracuta sit on for the ocean .joined a kayak club . Found out that they all go foster than me .so I need a sit in to keep up. hope you can pull this rabbit out of the hat..cheers fred
-Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 03:13:17 (EDT)
Johnny Emberson
Chattanooga, Tennessee USA
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Your Kayaks should carry a warning "BUILDING ONE OCEAN KAYAKS MAY BECOME ADDICTIVE". I enjoyed building and paddling my Cirrus Hybrid so much that I built an Expedition Sport and it was still more fun to build and a real pleasure to paddle.
Now I'm expanding my kayak building shed so I can start on a Cape Ann Double. My big worry is what to build after that. Thanks for all of your help and the great plans and designs. Johnny
-Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 15:03:57 (EDT)
Bhiwadi, Rajasthan INDIA
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Nice cnc machine. I also want to build one.
-Friday, July 11, 2014 at 23:01:04 (EDT)
Edward Skoog
Lipan, TX USA
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I appreciate your CNC build on the website. Many thanks for spending the extra effort to share it. Best of luck with your kayak builds and tips. Ed
-Monday, July 07, 2014 at 00:56:58 (EDT)
Bill Steinhour
Rathdrum, ID USA
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I just left a request for directions to your Indian Roll Video page. thanks
This is a marvelous site.
I hope my roommate will joine me in building a Cirrus
-Monday, April 21, 2014 at 01:21:15 (EDT)
Jim Kramer
Englewood, Florida USA
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Thanks for your great info!
-Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 10:04:01 (EDT)
António Fonseca
Costa de Caparica, - Portugal
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-Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 14:13:31 (EST)
Melbourne, Victoria australia
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Hi Vaclav
you have written one of the most comprehensive write ups of a CNC Router I Have seen. Great work that deserves credit.
-Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 23:59:27 (EST)

Michael Simpkins
Columbia, TN USA
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Built a lot of wood things -- never a kayak -- looking forward.
-Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 10:31:09 (EST)
Chris Haidinyak
Santa Clara, CA USA
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Thanks for a great CNC web reading experience.
-Monday, November 18, 2013 at 12:32:49 (EST)
Karl Michael
Albany, NY USA
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I am looking forward to getting started on a Cape Ann Storm.
-Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 12:36:58 (EST)
Yorktown, VA USA
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I was searching for information on epoxies and found the results of your epoxy test. That is great information and answered several questions I had. I am currently building my first kayak, a Chesapeake Light Craft Chesapeake.
I really like the Cirrus. I want to build a Cirrus Hybrid after I finish the boat I am working on.
-Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 04:04:25 (EDT)
Gilvan Gomes
Goiânia, Go Brasil
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I'm loved for Cape ann kayak.
-Friday, March 29, 2013 at 09:06:23 (EDT)
Ralf Gruenig
Schliersee, Germany
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Hi, very nice website, very helpfull step by step scarfing
jig building. I think I will follow this for my CoreSound20
Regards Ralf
-Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 03:25:14 (EST)
Phillip Jones
greenfield, Indiana USA
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I am really impressed by the step by step pics, I feel that I could build a stitch and glue from these alone !
-Monday, January 07, 2013 at 18:49:14 (EST)
Glenn Brady
Central Coast, NSW Australia
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Just finished my Cape Anne Double, the builders manual and online help was amazing, all the answers are there. Used mainly Paulownia to keep the weight down and some Western Red Cedar to make her pretty. Lost 10kg because most nights for 8 months I was working on her and not on the drink! time to start another. Thanks again Vaclav fantastic design and plans
-Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 19:45:54 (EST)
Glenn Brady
Central Coast, NSW Australia
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Just finished my first kayak.Awesome experience with all the online help and very informative builders manual all the answers are there. I used mainly Paulownia to keep the weight down and some Western Red Cedar to make her pretty. Lost 10kgs in weight cause I was working on her most nights so off the drink for 8 months, time to start another!
-Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 19:28:51 (EST)
Justin Goza
Green Bay, Wi USA
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Awesome Site, lots of great info that i didn't have to do my own research to get. Many thanks for that, but you beat me to a great idea.
-Friday, November 30, 2012 at 13:59:41 (EST)
Doug Adams
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Enjoyed reading your site and look forward to a future build of a Cape Anne Storm
-Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at 13:04:37 (EST)
Eduardo Pereira Ribeiro
Niterói, RJ Brasil
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I hope to complete my purchase and begin soon at building my Cirrus LT, after much research I found the kayak that I desire.
-Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 22:20:50 (EDT)
Roberto Luis Segobia
9 de Julio, Buenos Aires Argentina
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Very instructional site, nice pictures; I will wait your info to decide what design to build-
-Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 07:43:29 (EDT)
mark baugh
shalimar, fl USA
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-Friday, October 19, 2012 at 18:43:35 (EDT)
Columbiana, OH USA
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Great site thought I would join
Than You
-Monday, October 08, 2012 at 20:10:42 (EDT)
Terry Jones
Texarkana, TX USA
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You have a really informative website. The Kayaks have very nice lines and I like the process for the stitch and glue procedure with the strong back assembly method.
-Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 23:11:11 (EDT)
Mart Nolin
Granbury, Texas USA
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-Friday, July 13, 2012 at 21:30:53 (EDT)
powell river, BC Canada
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looking for feedback on the Cirrus, and Cirrus hybrid.....intersted in how the kayak performed and paddled and generally felt....I'm a 58 year old, intermediate paddler looking to build a boat that doesn't get me into trouble but isn't a tub. Thanks..Tm
-Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 16:13:38 (EDT)
Johnny Emberson
chattanooga, TN USA
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Thanks for your help today. I'm looking forward to working on the Cirrus LT hybrid.
-Sunday, July 08, 2012 at 17:06:39 (EDT)
Richard Scanlon
prior lake, mn USA
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I started my kayak 2 years ago just before my wife was diagnosed with cancer. Twom years later she healthy, and I am back at it! thanks for the plans.
-Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 22:30:21 (EDT)
David H. Sutton
Parrottsville, TN USA
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I grow Paulownia wood and sell the lumber. I would like to try a kayak made of paulownia
-Monday, June 11, 2012 at 14:47:36 (EDT)
Dave Swanson
Burnsville, MN USA
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-Friday, May 25, 2012 at 15:01:42 (EDT)
Roland Locke
Dorking, Surrey UK
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-Monday, April 16, 2012 at 02:56:22 (EDT)
Gordon Kay
Peachland, BC Canada
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This will be my fourth summer paddleing mine. Awsome site. Just about to fix up a few dents.
-Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 17:26:27 (EDT)
Rev. Mijhai Gherghel
vrsac, serbia
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very good job
-Thursday, February 09, 2012 at 04:20:51 (EST)
cape girardeau, mo USA
Got my plans the other day and just finished the spine. i'm ready to start laying up the stations. i'm also doing a blog for my construction. if any want to see its bigalslaboratory at blogspot. i'm not trying to advertise just sharing my experience.
-Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 15:02:25 (EST)
auckland, new zealand
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-Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 17:08:06 (EST)
rod weeding
jordan, mt USA
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-Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 16:15:51 (EST)
Jim Sandison
Severna Park, MD USA
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Thanks for the response back about wood specifics and non use of 3/16 strips. Have found Select Atlantic ceder 1x6 boards 8 and feet and longer, so it looks like I'm on my way.
-Friday, December 16, 2011 at 17:44:46 (EST)
Bill Wilkie
East Hampton, CT USA
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If anyone in Connecticut has built and used a Cape Ann Double I would like to chat with you and if possible see your boat. Especially if you have used it for awhile as I am interested in how you think it paddles
-Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 06:48:43 (EST)
Gunter Haase
Maitland, ON Canada
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I build the Cape Ann and had a lot of fun paddling it here in the Thousand Islands. Where ever I went I got a lot of compliments on the kayak.It handles well without a rudder in the sometimes strong currents of the St. Lawrence River.
I build it from 1/4" cove and mold cedar strips with inlays on the deck and bow.
Vaclavs plans and instructions were easy to follow.
-Sunday, October 02, 2011 at 19:34:08 (EDT)
Ezra Walsh
Myrtle Point, OR USA
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Beautiful stuff! Such talent, perfection, and disciplin to your craft is highly inspiring.
-Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 05:22:57 (EDT)
Bob Nelson
North Bend, WA USA
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-Monday, September 19, 2011 at 12:52:37 (EDT)
Glenn MacFadyen
Newcastle, NSW Australia
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Very excited to have started my sons Cirrus SLT today by cutting the stations while we wait to get the plywood next week.
-Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 05:41:57 (EDT)
Michael Cinnamond
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA USA
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Building my Cirrus; having not worked with wood since 7th grade wood working class, I can not believe how fun and easy it is.. Look forward to launching in October.
-Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 14:01:45 (EDT)
simon la ferriere
montreal, qc canada
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I'm starting up my kayka today !!! thank's one ocean kayka
-Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 06:02:11 (EDT)
Bruno Crépeau
Montreal, QC Canada
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-Monday, August 22, 2011 at 08:52:06 (EDT)
Al Greco
Jamestown, NY USA
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Great site! Can't wait to order my kit!
-Thursday, July 07, 2011 at 23:54:51 (EDT)
Richard Cullum
Bundaberg, QLD Australia
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I have built several stich and glue canoes from marine and hybred decks ( Silkey oak and spruce ) . Looking forward to my first kayack
-Wednesday, July 06, 2011 at 19:59:58 (EDT)
Daniel Wiethorn
Dallas , GA USA
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Researching the correct size of cedar strip kayak for myself.
-Wednesday, July 06, 2011 at 13:52:11 (EDT)
G. Dennis Crawford
Provo, Ut USA
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I am finally going to start one after salivating for years
-Sunday, July 03, 2011 at 11:57:16 (EDT)
Adam Turnbull
Okayama City , Japan
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absolutely gorgious !! The only thing I'm torn about is whether to just buy one of your gorgious boats or make one !!
-Friday, July 01, 2011 at 00:26:59 (EDT)
Robert Krupka
Lake Stevens, WA USA
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Alot of great information. Would have spent many hours researching without it.
-Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 15:38:38 (EDT)
michael robinson
Ventura, CA USA
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Great and informative article.
-Monday, May 23, 2011 at 22:49:56 (EDT)
Carrum Downs, VIC Australia
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-Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 16:44:11 (EDT)
Alexander Mulholland Jr
Ipswich, MA USA
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Great set of plans. Most information I've seen on a web site. Built a Cape Ann.
Now planning a Cirrus Hybrid.
-Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 10:15:53 (EDT)
Perry, MI USA
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I just finished stripping the hull of a Cape Ann HV.
The forms are the most precise I have ever worked with.
All lines were fair right out of the gate. Very impressive for this size boat. Now for the deck.............!
-Friday, April 15, 2011 at 12:13:34 (EDT)
jeff k
pollock pines, ca USA
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absolutely fabulous
-Saturday, April 02, 2011 at 04:02:00 (EDT)
Surrey, BC Canada
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I would like to learn more about your company & products...
-Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 21:11:35 (EDT)
Gunter Haase
Maitland, ON Canada
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Great website with lots of info to build a kayak. I am building the Cape Ann single and are well on my way. It gives me a lot of pleasure to build this boat. Thank you for all your return E-mails to my questions.
-Friday, March 04, 2011 at 19:31:44 (EST)
Paul Squire
Wanganui, New Zealand
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Great build manual!
-Tuesday, March 01, 2011 at 22:40:17 (EST)
Los ALtos, ca USA
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great designs, very nice to build!
-Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 22:50:14 (EST)
Walter Gaipa
East Marion, NY USA
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Just completed first Cirrus kit (4 months later) and launched on Christmas Day, just before big Nor'easter. Looking forward to exploring the beautiful North Fork of Long Island, where I have lived for 35 years.
Great kit and support. Thanks for everything Vaclav!
-Sunday, January 02, 2011 at 09:09:31 (EST)
Bill Craig
Morley, MI USA
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As a strip canoe builder I am now interesed in Kayaks too. Thanks for the helpful info on these pages.
-Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 12:29:22 (EST)
Von Moore
Tauranga, New Zealand
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I have just been for my first paddle in my latest Kayak. WOOW is all I can really say. It is a Cirrus Hybrid. This beautiful kayak was crafted by a true craftsman use what has to be the very best of plans and designs. Hey - One Ocean Kayaks !!! Hats off to you for this one.
-Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 04:00:19 (EST)
Chris Blair
Canandaigua, NY USA
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Finished a cape ann storm in early June, took about 7 months to complete, Thanks for all the info on the website. It was a huge undertaking, but was able to finish it with confidence because of the step by step help offered. The best part is all the looks and compliments I receive regarding how beautiful this design is. Thanks again.
-Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 18:52:43 (EST)
Jerome Roger Boulle
Port Alfred, South Africa
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I am very keen on building the Cape Ann Explorer - please advise on delivery options to South Africa
-Friday, October 29, 2010 at 01:02:22 (EDT)
Waterboro, ME USA
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Hi Vaclav,
I just wanted to let you know that we received shipment of our mincel foam within days of ordering. We repair musical instrument for a living and needed the foam to rebuild a case for a contra-bass clarinet. Because we are also whitewater kayakers we found your site and ordered the foam from you. The product arrived as promised and worked like a charm. And bonus, we have plenty left over to outfit any new boats we come across!
Thanks again for the prompt and friendly service.
Michelle Kingston
Kingston Winds
-Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 13:29:08 (EDT)
Chuck Tucker
Bend, OR USA
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I am a 17 year strip builder and have worked up thru canoes to kayaks. Hands down your site is the best resource on strip building. It has helped me tremendously expand my abilities (carbon fiber etc.). I have built the Cape Ann Expedition and love it. As a veteran Greenland kayaker, your designs are as good as it gets. I love the V hull front and hard chine rear. I built a 7/8 scale Expedition for day trips and like it as much as the original (maybe better). I would love to connect with other NW builders and kayakers.
-Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 19:06:03 (EDT)
John Hickman
Otter Creek, FL USA
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Very interesting site. I am currently building a kayak from my plans and design.
John Hickman
Marine Consultant (retired)
-Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 17:20:42 (EDT)
Paul Gaudet
Dieppe, NB Canada
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Great site, I am still reading this and trying to get started on building my own kayak.
preferably the double for me and my wife.
We are not very big people, I am 5feet 5 and she is 5 feet.
our weight is probably combined 300 pounds ...
Do you think that we could paddle this size kayak, it seems long at 21 feet. Are there shorter doubles kayak.
-Friday, July 23, 2010 at 20:52:02 (EDT)
Fruitport, M USA
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I am building the expedition and am now glassing it. The web support and directions/plans are great for a novice. Cant wait to try it out in Lake Michigan this summer (2010)!
-Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 22:40:32 (EDT)
Jeff Amrhein
pittsburgh, pa USA
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Hi, I am building a Cape Anne Expedition with a custom high/low deck. I am blogging the whole experience. If you are interested in visiting my site e-mail me.
-Friday, June 18, 2010 at 21:45:22 (EDT)
Jerry Carlton
McMinnville, OR USA
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I have a shop and tools, now I just need the confidence to order some plans. Anyone in my area nterested in stopping by to kibbitz or just share a beer, is welcome. I have a large selection of lumber: oak, walnut, cedar, maple, ash, alder, redwood. I am a very green wodworker but now have the time and desire to build some boats.
-Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 19:33:29 (EDT)
Darrell R
victoria, bc canada
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Great site, thanks for all the interesting information---D
-Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 19:38:54 (EDT)
Dano V
MI, Slovakia
* Kayaking Link *
Vďaka za užitočné informácie.Pekný web!
Best Wishes.
-Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 11:52:55 (EDT)
James Curwood
Franklin, MA USA
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It's great to be building again. I have had so much pleasure from the building experiences using your great plans and format. Thanks. Jim.
-Monday, March 15, 2010 at 15:13:48 (EDT)
Bruce Rohr
Boston, MA USA
* Word of Mouth *
Hi Maria and Vaclav,
I very much enjoyed our conversations yesterday.
I love your website. The kayaks are truly works of art.
Warmest regards, Bruce
-Monday, March 15, 2010 at 11:46:56 (EDT)
Richard Foster
Tulsa, OK USA
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seeking knowledge
-Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 12:43:10 (EST)
Eli Napolitano
Sta. Rosa, Philippines
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Several years back I was just dreaming of your Cirrus LT and inspired by SLT I built one(look alike) on my own. Couple of years ago my sister in Georgia bought me a plan of LT, now Im enjoying a great "proper" kayak.Thanks to you!
-Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 09:06:40 (EST)
David Reppert
Penalosa, Kansas USA
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Just cut out the station templates last night for an Expedition. Today the box beam. Long time in the works. I'm about as far inland as can be in the U.S. Lakes and river though. Can't wait to get out in it.
-Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 09:31:53 (EST)
stan cruwys
arlington, ma. USA
* Kayaking Link *
Great site.Im looking at your rudder kit for a WE las that I'm finnishing up . just have a few questions first.Thanks Stan
-Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 07:28:06 (EST)
Jeff Nichols
Novato, CA USA
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Really interested in your CNC machine, great work!
-Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 09:34:43 (EST)
Ms.Kim Rutherford
Port Angeles, WA USA
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My attitude shall remain "can do" while all 93 disabled pounds of me builds a wooden kayak. I shall include a special area (?) for my cane. If those of you who have built your own wooded kayak have some advice regarding this, please advise. Warm Regards, Ms. Rutherford
-Wednesday, December 02, 2009 at 12:10:24 (EST)
ian donald
brisbane, qld australia
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just about to wet my storm Similair to my plastic Qkayak Tasman Express [nz] used a builders laser to aline
-Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 02:41:14 (EST)
Tim Greenhoot
Hamtramck, MI USA
* Unrelated website *
I grew up with model kayaks and have the dream of inventing a boat so sleek, it moves "faster than a pellet of light." Now I know where to get the plans! D2c InfoGin com led me here.
-Sunday, November 01, 2009 at 06:09:24 (EST)
Hudson, MA USA
* Kayaking Link *
These pages seem to the THE course in strip building.
SO MUCH info, it will take me a while to know if I even know if I have questions, or what they are.
-Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 08:46:58 (EDT)
Stephan Bayer
Nagshead, NC USA
* Stroke of Luck *
I love my cape ann and want to build a hv one for offshore tuna fishing.
-Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 23:33:27 (EDT)
Mark Panka
hartland, wi USA
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this is by far the most comprehensive kayak site i have seen! your photos and descriptions are clear and are an inspiration to anyone considering building their own kayak! I am hoping to purchase one of your kits soon so i can show it off on the local lakes after the ice goes out!
-Monday, September 21, 2009 at 18:24:37 (EDT)
Floyd Bonnell
Naples, Fl USA
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I found your site amazing and inspirational, thanks! It will be a great resource for future projects.
-Monday, September 21, 2009 at 16:21:15 (EDT)
Samuel Jenkins
Bastrop, TX USA
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Enjoyed the site. Too much information to get to all in one sitting. Will have to come back and spend some time looking at it in detail.
-Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 17:05:52 (EDT)
Brisbane, QLD Australia
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In respect to your stitch-and-glue designs, they are some of the best looking and apparntly well designed kayaks I have seen.
-Tuesday, September 01, 2009 at 01:20:43 (EDT)
Don Beveride
Cambridge, MD USA
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This is a wonderful website, I hope to build one of your plans in the near future. Likely over this coming winter. Thank you!
-Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 12:00:41 (EDT)
Liam Kearney
northborough, ma United States
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Went looking for build-your-own-boat information, and found your site.
Lots of food for thought here.
Thanks for all your work putting this together.
-Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 23:53:50 (EDT)
brescia, Italy
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A great web site, very well done, one of better i find !!!
-Saturday, August 08, 2009 at 06:26:37 (EDT)
Craig Larson
Camano Island, Wa USA
* Kayaking Link *
Great website. This is the best informational website I've found on kayak building and I've looked at a lot. Very complete and informative. Your information on material comparisons is above and beyond and I'm sure will help many people avoid an irreversibly bad outcome.
Craig Larson
-Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 13:33:08 (EDT)
Arthur Huhta
garden grove, california USA
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This is an informative site. I am building a cedar strip RobRoy canoe and this information is helping me. Thanks for the assistantce.
-Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 13:50:11 (EDT)
Steven Kjeldgaard
Newman Lake, WA United States
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Your crafts and plans look great, something I've been wanting to do for a while. Hope to order plans this fall after the buzz of summer goes away..
Until then
Steve K
-Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 02:04:06 (EDT)

Pakruojis, 83439 Lithuania
* Kayaking Link *
Werry good page! Thank you guys for great job! It is werry helpfully for starting builders!
-Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 11:33:36 (EDT)
manfred eberlein
Aletshausen, Gerbayern germany
* Unrelated website *
Absolutely top, now wants to build a kayak. All your pages are very informative and instructive, thank you for
-Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 08:18:27 (EDT)
Dorothea Bozicolona Volpe
Atlanta, GA USA
* Kayaking Magazine *
What can I say? I love your site.
-Wednesday, June 03, 2009 at 21:42:33 (EDT)
John Varnedoe
Huntsville, AL USA
* Kayaking Link *
Boy Oh Boy
-Tuesday, June 02, 2009 at 11:28:38 (EDT)
Johnny B
Vashon, WA USA
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I built a pygmy triple. Opted for the One Ocean Kayak Rudder kit instead of the aluminum Pygmy rudder they said I needed. Built the rudder in two weeks, and it is FAR superior to the aluminum rudder AND it cost about half as much.

I am very satisfied with the Yakima foot braces, the online instructions, and the overall appearance and utility of rudder. Thanks so much!
-Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 14:03:10 (EDT)
Dennis Marenius
Lisbon Falls, ME USA
* Kayaking Link *
Looking at the Cirrus and the Storm. Your site contains a wonderful amount of data. Thanks for all the help.
-Saturday, May 02, 2009 at 21:23:12 (EDT)
russell ray
Bardstoen , KY USA
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A great big thanks, you have done your home and help me
a great deal. I enjoy working with epoxy and I use raka
it's slow cure but then I'm slow to.
-Friday, May 01, 2009 at 03:57:01 (EDT)
b ogey
jacksonville, fl. USA
* Kayaking Link *
I made 3 of these kayaks 6 yrs ago and they still turn heads they are a lot of fun to fish out of and to ride the surf
-Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 22:21:24 (EDT)
Lawrence Watson
Brisbane, Q'ld Australia
* Kayaking Link *
Great site, very very interesting - now need more time to explore it!
-Tuesday, April 07, 2009 at 04:27:44 (EDT)
Ray Heqter
Sandy, Or. USA
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As a professional wooden boatbuilder of 35 years, I have found your info on fiberglass very interesting. Well done!!
-Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 23:39:29 (EDT)
mystic, Ct USA
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Great site very informative.still trying I which boat to build
-Friday, March 13, 2009 at 17:10:02 (EDT)
Ray Benway
-Monday, March 02, 2009 at 13:18:36 (EST)
Brian Dillon
Topeka, Kansas USA
* Stroke of Luck *
I finished my Expedition in June 2008; It came out great. I have not had a chance to thank Vaclav for all the help. He was always there with answers over the phone and email. I am finishing the rudder for my Expedition and helping my buddy finish his Cape Ann Storm this winter. Thank you Vaclav!
-Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 22:48:47 (EST)
Michel Vonderweidt
Trumansburg, NY USA
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Great site with some real facts and info rather than meaningless testimonials.
In process of building Cirrus LT with ribbon sapele deck from kit. The One Ocean System is the way to build, accurate even for a first timer. Should have it done just when spring arrives.
-Monday, February 02, 2009 at 16:39:51 (EST)
Gig Harbor, WA USA
* Unrelated website *
Great site, looking froward to spending more time in it.
-Monday, February 02, 2009 at 01:28:17 (EST)
Charlie Hynes
Huntington Beach, ca USA
* Kayaking Link *
I started building the Cirrus a week ago and have begun stiching the deck already. I was very happy with the kit packing nothing could slide or move a bit. Looking forward to the next steps every day. I have recieved complements on the scarflock joints already from other kayak builders.
-Monday, January 19, 2009 at 23:52:15 (EST)
John McGillivray
Denman Island, BC Canada
* Word of Mouth *
I received the plans about a month and a half ago and started building around Christmas. I am building a Cape Ann Storm and am blogging the build and can be found by searching Denmankayaks
Thanks for the great plans!
-Monday, January 05, 2009 at 01:09:47 (EST)
Ross Relyea
East Lyme, CT USA
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I have been viewing this site for a while, and just ordered plans to build the Cape Ann Double. I am thrilled and can hardly wait to get started.
-Monday, December 01, 2008 at 07:13:49 (EST)
Robhi Nazzal
Sion, VS Switzerland
* Other *
Good work.. Thank you for all those informations
-Monday, November 24, 2008 at 15:20:33 (EST)
Mike Turner
Toronto, ON Canada
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-Monday, November 17, 2008 at 13:40:35 (EST)
Scott Ronsse
Reno, NV USA
* Stroke of Luck *
You have the most informative and consise website I have seen.
-Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 00:34:24 (EST)
peter birkeland
LaGrange, Illinois USA
* Kayaking Link *
Very, very, informative and helpful website. thanks!
-Monday, November 10, 2008 at 15:09:53 (EST)
Dan Perry
wendell, nc USA
* Other *
Sent here by posters at pnet, trying to decide between the Cirrus and the Night Heron
-Monday, October 27, 2008 at 21:11:40 (EDT)
Petr D
Praha, Česká Republika
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Zdravim z Prahy. Jsem si tak hledal jak vlastně vypadají které laminační tkaniny, bo sem si vyrobil sérfové prkno a nebylo mi to jasný a ejhle na jakou báječnou stránku jsem narazil. :) Díky za hezký web a báječný informace pane Stejskal, moc se Vám to povedlo.
-Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 19:33:28 (EDT)
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I want to fit a bulkhead to the bow of my approach 10.0 and found this site and info on the foam i will need and i hope to get more info from one ocen kayaks soon thank you.
-Friday, September 12, 2008 at 20:04:51 (EDT)
Matthew Howard
Kilmarnock, Ayrshire Scotland
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great site full of good information if you are building your own kayak!
-Tuesday, September 09, 2008 at 10:11:59 (EDT)
David Engle
LeClaire, Ia USA
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Fun build and will build many more. Good instructions and easy to follow.
-Thursday, September 04, 2008 at 23:46:02 (EDT)
Louis Rivera
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Great info and Vaclav has been a pleasure to talk to. Can't wait till I start my project.
-Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 20:36:55 (EDT)
Elk Grove, ca USA
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Great site and the plans were easy to use and follow. Took me 11 months to complete my Queen Anne double. It a truly a work of art!!! Turns head were ever I go with it. See you on the water. Regards, Mike
-Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 16:12:56 (EDT)
Mel Faust
Candle Lake, SK Canada
* Other *
Found out about your website through a kayak maker in British Columbia (Jurgen) who had built the Flame which is in your gallery. I was very impressed with your website when I looked it up and when I called you, the Cape Ann Storm was what you suggested I build for myself. This will be the second kayak that I am building, having sold the first one. I have just ordered the plans today and can hardly wait to receive them. In between building a new house and completing a new shop, I will attempt to start a kayak this winter.
-Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 21:36:16 (EDT)
Shane Musgrove
Melbourne, Vic Australia
* Word of Mouth *
look forward to your help and guidance in picking out plans to build
-Friday, July 04, 2008 at 11:03:12 (EDT)
Jay Adamo
Newport Beach, California USA
* Other *
Thank you for your extensive information. Your site is awsom. I will start building my Storm in July 08' See you on the water by summer 09. Future Kayak Extrordenare! Jbird.
-Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 23:51:39 (EDT)
Calvn Poon
Orem, Ut USA
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After month of research, your web sight has been the most helpfull. I ordered plans for the Storm LT. I cant wait to get started on the project. Thank you
-Monday, May 26, 2008 at 00:16:33 (EDT)
Joseph Bocuher
Montreal, QC Canada
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Very useful information. I'm looking forward to building a wood strip kayak!
-Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 11:31:18 (EDT)
gordon m. green
millville, nj USA
* Kayaking Link *
very nice looking kayaks and designs
-Friday, April 18, 2008 at 11:09:12 (EDT)
Rob Sanders
Topeka, KS USA
* Word of Mouth *
A buddy at work got one. As soon as I heard about it I knew I was in trouble. Tried to avoid seeing it for a week, but then I had to go check it out. The most beautiful thing I have ever seen.......
my plans are in the mail.
-Friday, April 04, 2008 at 17:11:55 (EDT)
Hugo Dale
Banbridge, N. Ireland
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Just trying to get back into sea kayaking and have been enthused to build myself a boat just looking at your website. It seem to be about getting people exited about building lovely boats not just selling a product. I think winter 2008 my evening will be spent in the workshop.
-Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 19:17:52 (EDT)
Jeremiah Kuntz
Austin, TX United States
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Great web site. I am almost finished with my first Kayak.
-Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 09:03:22 (EDT)
Jack Pope
Bloomfield, NM USA
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What an incredible website. I keep looking for corners I haven't seen but I think I finally found them all.
-Saturday, March 08, 2008 at 15:07:33 (EST)
Craig Paterson
Gold Coast, Qld. Australia
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finished a hollow timber sur board last year, after extensive searching through your site have settled on a storm lt, will be sending for plans very shortly. Fantistic site
-Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 05:30:19 (EST)
David Fincke
Bolivar, Pa USA
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After extensive research on other stich&glue kits I've found what I was looking for, knowledge through experience and testing...very helpful in making a choice.
-Monday, February 25, 2008 at 17:46:19 (EST)
Rollin dalPiaz
Anchorage, AK USA
* Word of Mouth *
Interested in Skin on Frame. Thank you for useful scarfing
-Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 02:47:07 (EST)
julia suits
mn USA
Your well-presented info led me to order a kit after two years of visiting your site.
-Sunday, February 10, 2008 at 20:59:59 (EST)
Brian Dillon
Topeka , KS USA
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I just ordered the Cape Ann Expedition plans, I'm very excited to get started. I also spoke to Vaclav over the phone a very nice guy to do business with also very helpful and friendly.
-Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 21:42:55 (EST)
Clas Hagelstam
Ostersundom, Finland
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Just ordered a Cirrus LT Basic. Look forward to assemble it.
-Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 06:44:30 (EST)
scott Newman
phillip Island, vic australia
* Kayaking Magazine *
Looking forward to building a cirrus as soon as the plans arrive.
Cheers Scott
-Friday, December 28, 2007 at 06:20:51 (EST)
Rob Devenish
Perth, WA Australia
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I have just finished my first Storm and love the boat. It handles easily, is fast and is relaxing to paddle. The boat was such a plesure to build that I'm now building a SLT Storm for the family. A great design!

-Tuesday, December 04, 2007 at 07:11:40 (EST)
Lance Smith
Auckland, New Zealand
* Stroke of Luck *
Hey there! I am so happy to have just bought a Cape Anne Expidition off a local builder. I paddled it yesterday and can happily say I love it and look forward to growing old together. I have always admired these kayaks but now thanks to "Trade Me" I have one of my own. Thank you. Keep up the good work.
-Saturday, November 03, 2007 at 21:04:32 (EDT)
Ron Rumbal
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WOW very fast service.Our rudder kit arrived this week it took only 7 days to cross the globe.Now we better get on with making it.
Thanks heaps,will keep you updated.
-Friday, October 19, 2007 at 21:40:14 (EDT)
Chris Chrysler
West Branch, michigan USA
I am still working on my Kayak!
-Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 13:02:36 (EDT)
Bill Byrd
Chattanooga, TN USA
* Stroke of Luck *
Your CNC is phenomenal. Wish I had your patients.
-Tuesday, September 04, 2007 at 22:03:42 (EDT)
steven yarr
kilmore, wex ireland
* Kayaking Link *
im amazed at your building have inspired me to try and build my own craft.i love your work
-Thursday, August 02, 2007 at 16:35:43 (EDT)
brian h
toronto, on canada
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Thanks for the pages explaining your scarfing jig. Its just what I needed & Google found your explanation as its third item.
Brian H.
-Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 11:58:16 (EDT)
Brett Breckon
Wales, UK
I have been a regular visitor to, and fan of, your site for a couple of years now. It is a most generous resource to put out there. As I now come to the last stages of building my sons' Cirrus LT, I'm starting to wonder which I'll be tempted to try next! Cheers to you Vaclav!
-Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 12:44:32 (EDT)
corky miller
portland, oR USA
I have learned more about sea kayaks in the last half hour than the last three weeks! Need help with sizing though. What is normal proportion for upper/lower body?
-Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 16:52:09 (EDT)
Brisbane, QLD Australia
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Great site very impressive keep up the good work. Hope to hear from you soon i sent you an email.
-Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 06:42:53 (EDT)
Hugo Villero
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Thank you so much, for all that information about the tech specification involve within the design process, I will build my wood kayak soon with your help.
-Sunday, July 08, 2007 at 22:07:23 (EDT)
Queen Creek, AZ USA
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This is one nice site, very cool kayaks!
-Sunday, July 08, 2007 at 19:02:08 (EDT)
bursa, turkey
* Other *
I found cnczone links you.
nice kayaks and site
-Thursday, July 05, 2007 at 15:51:50 (EDT)
Cecil Robinson
Homosassa, Fl USA
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Wish I had found this site before I built a 15 foot strip row boat (from scratch and no plans)(double hull, foam filled)). Would have saved me many hours and constrenation in construction. This is an excellant site. The informatiom on this site is considered "privacy information" by most other boat builders/plans provider on the web.
Well done
-Saturday, June 30, 2007 at 19:30:21 (EDT)
Scott Lawson
pomona, ca USA
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I have been lokng for an alternative to the "plastic boats". In my 20s I built a couple of folding kayak that are 30 years old and outperform my sit-on-top Yak board all day long! It is 1/4'x 10' ply and canvas. It is alot of fun. But my 23 year son want a kayak of his own.
Your products will fill the bill so Dad and Son can work to build a relationship through building kayaks together.
-Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 11:07:49 (EDT)
Winton Best
Cissna Park, IL USA
* Other *
I have made one stripper canoe years ago and this year I promised my daughter a kayak. Your site is going to make this an easy and fun project for the two of us. Thank you for your dedication and passion for wood.
-Monday, May 28, 2007 at 21:22:02 (EDT)
Robert Worsham
Weatherford, TX USA
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Found your site while searching for an aftermarket rudder kit to add to a manufactured kayak. I've built the rudder from your plans and now your site has me interested in building a kayak - something I would never have considered.
Anyway, thanks
-Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 15:45:31 (EDT)
Bill Martin
Belfair, WA USA
* Kayaking Link *
Your web site is fantastic. I have built two stitch and glue kayaks and now I plan on building one of you strip kayaks. Looking forward to working with you in the near future.
-Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 22:58:07 (EDT)
kent oen
sylvan lake, alta canada
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i have just put on the first coat of fiberglass on my expedition hull. it looks great and was easier than i expected. can`t wait to get it done. excellent plans and web site. thanks
-Thursday, May 03, 2007 at 15:43:00 (EDT)
Lena, il USA
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Its been a fun project so far!!
-Friday, April 27, 2007 at 12:34:46 (EDT)
Eric Kristjanssen
Portage la Prairie, Mb Canada
* Stroke of Luck *
Great site. I have been looking for a hobby to focus my energies, especially after working with other difficult people in the workplace, I need my kayak and some eventual solitude. I'll be back for more inspiration!
-Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 23:59:19 (EDT)
Albany, WA Australia
* Kayaking Link *
Gr8 site, kayaks look good.
-Monday, April 09, 2007 at 04:21:51 (EDT)
misurata, libya
* Kayaking Magazine *
this is a wonderful website
-Wednesday, April 04, 2007 at 09:25:52 (EDT)
Queensbury, NY USA
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Fantastic Website. I build mostly canoes, but have found the information on epoxy, finishing, joining, and fiberglassing invaluable. I wish all plans were as complete as yours. Thanks,Roger.
-Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 15:23:11 (EDT)
ami kronenberg
nesher, israel
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I found the site most helpfull,althought i'm starting a SPIRIT as a first project i'm sure i will order one of your cape ann models soon, i'm highly qualified woodworker with a large workshop and i'm calling in this occasion israeli amators to call me (052-8727562) for mutual consulting and problem-solving.
i wish you a lot of luck and nice summer.

-Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 13:09:43 (EDT)
Louis Bernard
Meaford, ON Canada
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I have enjoyed your site and your kayaks are superb in both design and workmanship. I expect to contact you this year and discuss having one made for myself.Georgian Bay, where I live, is a beautiful area to Kayak.
-Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 16:50:26 (EST)
Jeff McLamb
Raleigh, NC USA
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Thank you very much for publishing your findings on the sun's effects on epoxied and varnished surfaces. It really gives me peace of mind when I go to clear coat my new sailboat - now I know it won't get clouded and cracked in the first year!
-Wednesday, February 07, 2007 at 13:38:17 (EST)
Roger Nelson
Sturgis, SD USA
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Great site! I've been looking to build a kayak after owning a plastic boat. Your kits look awesome.
-Saturday, February 03, 2007 at 18:53:03 (EST)
Les Alsup
Bend, OR USA
* Other *
Instructor told us about your models
-Friday, February 02, 2007 at 16:06:20 (EST)
Andrew Williams
Johnstown, CO USA
* Unrelated website *
Great site! I love all the attention to detail. My dad is a boat builder and I'm going to send him a link to your site. I'm into model airplanes and found your site off cnczone. I'm in the planning stages of building a cnc router table.

I love the info on the Epoxy as well. I've been looking for something different than West Systems, mainly cheaper, slower cure, and lower viscosity. I think I'll give RAKA a try after reading your write up.

Please let me know if I can link to your site. My site is canuckengineering dot com
-Friday, February 02, 2007 at 13:06:41 (EST)
Charleston, SC USA
* Other *
Great website, superb reputation, lovely line of kayaks . . .
-Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 21:13:49 (EST)
* Kayaking Link *
This is one of the better sites I've ever seen. Thank you for taking the time to explain things in detail. It's a great way to figure out what kind of project can be taken on as a challenge.
-Monday, January 15, 2007 at 20:51:14 (EST)
Dayton, md USA
I bought your Cape Ann single, just finished the hull. boy its beautiful so far. looking forward to turning it over and doing the deck.
-Monday, November 27, 2006 at 17:42:21 (EST)
Orlin m Campbell
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love to fly fish from my kayak
-Thursday, November 23, 2006 at 20:33:38 (EST)
cliff Hebestreit
High Point, NC USA
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I visited this site to see your way to scarf plywood, hoping it was easier than my way. Wow! It requires a dedicated table to use up some room, but this is acceptable. I think your way is now going to be what I use. I found your site by using search words "scarfing plywood" . Thanks.
-Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 10:43:35 (EST)
Allan Reade
Christchurch, New Zealand
* Kayaking Link *
Great website.
I'm working on the hull of an Expedition Sport.
-Wednesday, November 08, 2006 at 13:18:46 (EST)
Wayne Chernek
newburgh, ny USA
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Vaclav, As you know, I just finished my hybrid cirrus. It looks great and handles well. You answered all my questions along the way. Just wanted to let all visitors to your site know how helpful that you were. Thanks.
-Tuesday, November 07, 2006 at 21:10:30 (EST)
Phelps Holloway
So. Hero, VT USA
* Kayaking Link *
Just wrote you about building a Cirrus with some longitudinal framing members to facilitate radiusing. Look forward to working with you so to speak!
-Tuesday, November 07, 2006 at 18:59:04 (EST)
Langley, bc Canada
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Your detailed site encouraged me to build a wood strip kayak. Something I thought of in the past but didn't know where to start. I orderd the Cape Ann Storm package and am looking forward to building this beautiful kayak. Your site with its detail will make the building process much easier. Keep up the good work
-Saturday, October 28, 2006 at 11:32:59 (EDT)
Garry A. Quick
Scotia, NY USA
* Kayaking Link *
Love the looks of the kayaks, will definately purchase one of your kits to begin my retirement projects
-Friday, October 27, 2006 at 11:25:37 (EDT)
Winston-Salem , NC. USA
* Kayaking Link *
Nice site, Great looking boats!
-Sunday, October 08, 2006 at 22:38:51 (EDT)
Jeff Smith
South Boston, Mass USA
* Unrelated website *
As a first time builder from South Boston , I found your site to be very helpful. Not to many sites I have looked at were done as good as yours . Very infomative and great pictures . Hopefully I will be as a good builder such as yourself in years to come , keep up the good work .
-Sunday, August 20, 2006 at 09:04:02 (EDT)
William A. (Bill) Steinhour
Coeur d'Alene, ID USA
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You've developed a series of kayaks with beautiful lines and just about the most impressive, best organized website I've ever seen. Navigating your site is an adventure in itself. Your building sequence photos and dialog are incredibly enlightning tutorials in the art of kayak construction. They conjure up feel of pulling plywood into shape with ties and evoke the aroma of curing epoxy - It feels as though I've built one already.
-Friday, August 18, 2006 at 06:41:46 (EDT)
Friday Harbor, wa USA
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I've been reading this web site for years and consider it the best for cedar strip kayak construction. I have built three different designs by Vaclav and have had great results every time. I really appreciate the descriptive detail and the many photos.
-Wednesday, August 09, 2006 at 09:54:44 (EDT)
Mike Mc Phail
Arlington, MA USA
* Stroke of Luck *
Great website and kayaks can't wait to order plans and start to build
-Thursday, August 03, 2006 at 21:00:46 (EDT)
New Boston, Il USA
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Great site! I plan on building one in the near future.
-Sunday, July 23, 2006 at 20:24:25 (EDT)
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Thanks so much for putting so much "how to" info on your site. Just reading for the last ten minutes has answered serveral questions about plywood. I dont know about building an ocean kayak though, its kind of a long drive from Nebraska to the nearest ocean,(the Platte river has plenty of water, too bad it's a mile wide and only ankle deep). Any way, the high quality of your workmanship really shines. Best wishes, Kerry
-Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 21:13:02 (EDT)
Eric W
Spokane, WA USA
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You guys rock! You have a great site, great product, and you ship fast!
-Thursday, June 29, 2006 at 16:16:09 (EDT)
Apex, NC USA
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Thanks for all the valuable information. Another example of the power of the internet coupled with people willing to give aid to people of like interests. I am starting a trimaran project and a woodshop instructor.
-Monday, May 29, 2006 at 12:06:56 (EDT)
San Jose, CA USA
* Stroke of Luck *
I found your site by accident looking for something else. I am not a Kayaker( nor do I intend to become one, airplanes are my thing) but I MUST convey my sincere AWE at your site.
It is by far the best and most thorough that I have ever encountered on any subject on the web. In this day when everyone only gives you the minimum or else has their hand out for more money before they will provide you with the "MEAT" of what you are looking for, you are a breath of fresh air.
It is a crying shame that more people don't do the same. I taught junior college for a short time and I know that if you teach right, they will follow. If you keep up the effort, you will gain the audience, respect and rewards that come from sharing knowledge and pride in workmanship. It seems to be a lost part of our structure in todays society. Thank you for your dedication and hard work for your site. I know that doing it takes a great deal of time and thought. Keep up the good work. John Howell
P.S. Your Kayaks are BEAUTIFUL!!!
-Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 00:34:13 (EDT)
Jerry Stasyszen
Oklahoma City, OK USA
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Beautiful designs, I couldn't resist purchasing the Cape Ann Storm. We just open a river in OKC to public use, it will be nice to spend the day paddling the kayak on the river!
-Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 09:19:05 (EDT)
Jeff Schamp
Baytown, Tex. USA
* Stroke of Luck *
Great Site! Look forward to getting started but have to clean out my garage first.
-Wednesday, May 03, 2006 at 23:26:56 (EDT)
Alan Horn
Gainesville, fl USA
* Kayaking Magazine *
Awsome hobbie you got me started with :-)
Thank You
-Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 17:48:09 (EDT)
michal celarek
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nice kayaks and site
-Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 12:58:10 (EDT)
Jim Leflar
Little Rock, AR USA
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Great website and beautiful designs. I have my Expedition plans and am now looking for long clear cedar. Coming up on 60th birthday, I'm sure looking forward to learning to roll and then getting lots of exercise.
-Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 19:20:27 (EDT)
Gary Kvasnicka
Colonial Heights, Virginia USA
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I have been visiting your site for about four months, site is great! I got your builders manual about three months ago, have been creating/cleaning out a place to build ever since. I bought western red cedar Friday, ordered Cape Ann plans tonight...I can't wait to start building I hope to be paddling by June.
-Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 19:31:01 (EST)
Levis, QC CAN
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Wow! Your web site has a lot of information! I am looking forward to build my first wooden kayak and this site will be very useful! Cape Ann will be my choice right now. Hopefully, I will be starting my project this summer.
i will be visiting this site often.
-Wednesday, March 01, 2006 at 19:28:40 (EST)
Christian Grejsen
Brentwood, CA USA
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Outstanding website with an unmatched wealth of information! I'm currently building an S&G kayak and my next one will be a perfect Storm!
-Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 15:29:48 (EST)
Teaneck, NJ USA
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Great articles! Hi,
I have a Necky Looksha IV (poly boat that has quite a bit of drag due to all the scraps and gouges from 5 miles of heavy use along the North Carolina coast) Thanks so much for your informative article about kayak stability. It has explained some things (like directional stability during following seas) planning to build a wooden boat.
-Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 13:45:42 (EST)
Joel D. Anderson
Four Lakes, WA USA
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My church Scout group have selected your Currius Hybred for the Scouts High Adventure this Summer. I would like to build a couple for my wife and I. Perhaps help them build theres. They are doing it from plans only. Great Web sight. Regards Joel & Jane
-Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 02:20:54 (EST)
Brisbane, Qld Australia
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Best site with the great information. Hope to start a double soon and or a storm
-Monday, January 23, 2006 at 01:00:40 (EST)
Tony Samson
Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria. Canary Islands
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Your site is an inspiration. What was ,'just an idea', is now on the 'to do list'. You have a unique website, a site that informs and inspires with a clear and easy to understand format. Excellent Kayak design that marry's the natural beauty of wood to modern materials for durability. It is astounding when you see the photos of the initial stages of the Cirrus with split plywood edges and twisted wires all over the place and then the work of art at the end. A work of art I want to eminate and put into the sea at the back of my home. Thank you for inspiring me, as I am sure you have done others. With Kindest Regards and thanks. Tony.
-Monday, January 16, 2006 at 13:42:29 (EST)
Vincent Drane
Melbourne, Victoria Australia
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I finished building your Cape Ann Storm Lt. a few months ago and found your plans and website extremely easy to follow and the boat was real pleasure to build. First day out was in the surf at Venus Bay. She now has a sail and I'm in love.
-Monday, January 02, 2006 at 17:14:26 (EST)
Derek Wakeling
Rotorua, New Zealand
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Oh Dear! My first entry had the wrong weight. My first Cirrus weighed 22kg certainly not 42kg. THe new one wil be alot lighter than 22kg
Halfway throuh makeing my second Cirrus. This one is for my wife Pam. She paddled my Cirrus a few times and liked it better than the kayak she has been padling for years. The first Cirrus was made enitirely of 4mm Okoume plywood and weighed 22kg including rudder peddles, decklines and paddlefloar resky gear etc. I am making this one as to be as light a possible without sacrificing strength. I will report when it is finished.Derek Wakeling
-Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 17:33:38 (EST)
Kim Waggoner
portland, OR USA
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-Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 21:03:46 (EST)
Don Kitson
Buderim, QLD Australia
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I found your excelent site when i was looking at epoxy blush problems. I have a timber kitchen bench top that i have epoxy coated, it has been compleated 12 months but now i have varing degrees of blush depending on the humidity.It gets a lot of light but no direct sun. what can i do.I love the site as i am a traditional boat builder with little epoxy experience. One day i will build a Kayak to play with.
-Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 03:01:52 (EST)
Clinton Rose
Little Eagle, Sd USA
* Stroke of Luck *
This is far and away the best website I've ever seen on any topic. I've often thought that most internet sites lacked detail and were very elementary in the content of their information. I've spent most of a Sunday afternoon studying your site and am nowhere near finished. The technical definitions of boatbuilding dimensions and coefficients was fascinating. The workshop pictures and instructions have given me a better idea of how to build kayaks than other entire books that I have read. I can't wait to see what the text that is still under construction will have to say. I salute you on a wonderful, truly enlightening website. I wish they were all as good as yours.
Sincerely, Clint
-Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 20:00:37 (EST)
Brian McKenzie
Milton Keynes, UK
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Hi, I sail dinghies and often thought of trying kayaking though not whitewater stuff, the whole idea of being on the water and in a craft that looks so much like its part of nature is appealing.
Your website is great and informative in fact I am almost hooked on the idea of building either a woodstrip (durable) or stitch and glue (faster build) rather than buying something thats moulded.
This is a project that I know I shall start sometime soon.
-Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at 18:51:34 (EST)
Bill & Tracy Keenan
Portland , OR USA
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I have been surfing the kayak plan sites for about a month. There are many and yours has been the most thorough by many degrees. I have just finished my first paddle, but now that the plans are on the way I'm sure I'll be spending more informative hours on your site.
-Sunday, November 06, 2005 at 13:56:16 (EST)
Doug Wellington
San Diego, CA USA
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What you are doing looks like a lot of fun. I will have to try it before I get too old.
-Thursday, November 03, 2005 at 15:32:41 (EST)
Derek Wakeling
Rotorua, New Zealand
* Word of Mouth *
I made a Cirrus about three years ago. Of the 4 single Kayaks this one is by far the best. Given that I prefer hard shine hulls. Cirrus is by far the sweetest Kayak I have made or paddled. She is far more stable and prdictable than you would think from the 19.5 inch water line and very fast. As far as I am concerned Cirrus has no vices. She is easy to padle without a rudder but a rudder makes life alot easier in wind and rough water as you can devote all your energy to padding without wasted effort on corrections. However I recommend a rudder peddle system which provides a fixed heel bar you cannot paddle efficiently ie by using your leg muscles, without one. Derek Wakeling.
-Saturday, October 29, 2005 at 17:52:12 (EDT)
Glenn Tremain
San Diego, CA USA
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I have never kayaked before, but you make it sound like a lot of fun.
-Friday, October 28, 2005 at 20:28:39 (EDT)
Elizabeth Lee
Danville, CA USA
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Great web site, very informative. Makes me want to go out and learn how to kayak.
-Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at 22:42:14 (EDT)
Cindy Etheredge
Carrollton, TX USA
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Love your site. I was on the Colorado River this weekwnd and saw a bunch of kayakers and it really looked like a lot of fun.
-Monday, October 24, 2005 at 17:06:28 (EDT)
Paula Nachman
Richmond, VA USA
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Great site, it makes me want to learn how.
-Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 20:07:17 (EDT)
Maria Montalbano
Sebring, CA USA
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Enjoyed your web site, wish I had the stamina to Kayak, but because of disabilities can not.
-Monday, October 17, 2005 at 17:17:38 (EDT)
Donna Medrea
La Jolla, CA USA
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I have always wanted to learn to kayak
-Tuesday, October 11, 2005 at 22:45:41 (EDT)
Richard R
Melbourne, Vict Australia
* Kayaking Link *
Fantastic website, well designed and informative - a gold mine of practical information and technical depth - much appreciated, and a site I keep coming back to - getting awfully close to commiting to building one of these fantastic boats
-Tuesday, October 11, 2005 at 07:17:49 (EDT)
Drew Watson
Victoria, BC Canada
* Stroke of Luck *
I am so glad that I have found a place where I can finally get a good set of plans and with a site that clears up so mant questions about the whys and how comes that come from the design aspects. I am just itching to get your plans soon.
-Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 22:09:51 (EDT)
jim philip
toronto, ont canada
* Unrelated website *
you de man !
great web site. interesting, informative and useful. always loved the look but bought into the stich and glue thery that it was to much work. will have to give it a try.
got hear through f-boat site. an even cooler site !!!
-Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 18:01:14 (EDT)
Anchorage, AK USA
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The most excellent website I have yet explored. Technically sound and unbiased, well designed and intriguing. I will revisit often to trace the many links and learn as much as I can - and prepare myself to order plan sets from you. THANK YOU.
-Thursday, September 01, 2005 at 15:48:25 (EDT)
* Stroke of Luck *
Those who found Your site, do not have another chance, but to think about how they could also build such beauties. General impression: You almost could build a boat but with these informations.
-Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 16:01:21 (EDT)
Hastings, England
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Excellent site with loads of useful information. Thanks.
-Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 10:55:24 (EDT)
Jesper Bach
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Cudos to your tips & tricks. VERY useful to a beginner in the trade.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 08:09:52 (EDT)
John Williams
Auckland, New Zealand
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This is the best all-round site on kayak construction I have seen.
The text explains clearly what is going on and the photos clarify any misunderstanding(if any).
Many great ideas for the person who wants to make the whole shebang.
Keep up the great work John
-Tuesday, August 23, 2005 at 03:48:45 (EDT)
* Stroke of Luck *
I have been studying kayak construction for 4 years and have found your site to be the very best! The info you provided on "inlay techniques" are found nowhere else that I am aware of.
Thank you very much for being here..
-Tuesday, August 09, 2005 at 01:36:53 (EDT)
Ty Payne
Apex, NC USA
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I love your designs.
-Friday, August 05, 2005 at 12:06:55 (EDT)
Petersburg, MI USA
* Kayaking Magazine *
I am really interested in your Cape Ann HV. I am a big guy and would love to get out there with my height challenged friends.
-Tuesday, August 02, 2005 at 14:46:23 (EDT)
Fairfield, California USA
* Other *
A thing of beauty. I am in the planing stages.Could some one shed some lite on the Q of mixing it up with diffrent types of woods and other types of composites. What types of wood to stay away from if any. Thanks
Sean M. Newman
-Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 11:47:47 (EDT)
Tomas Karlsson
New York, NY United States
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You're website looks very good, it was a pleasure to be on you're. Keep on the good work :-)
-Monday, July 11, 2005 at 04:34:59 (EDT)
Charles Supple
Naples Island, CA USA
* Kayaking Link *
You have the absolute best, most informative site I have ever seen on ANY subject. Looking forward to building my first One Ocean speedster.
-Monday, June 20, 2005 at 14:25:50 (EDT)
* Word of Mouth *
Went over your kayak design comparisons page and have concluded that the sum of all parts dictates that it'll float!
-Sunday, May 29, 2005 at 09:10:44 (EDT)
* Stroke of Luck *
Great website and cool boats. Genius designs!
-Monday, May 16, 2005 at 02:53:54 (EDT)
Saguenay, Qc Canada
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Beaux bateaux!
-Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 21:33:08 (EDT)
keansburg, nj USA
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the site has been helpful . i wish i had stumbled acrossed it before.
-Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 10:41:54 (EDT)
longview, WA. USA
* Kayaking Link *
I sure hope I find the free plans for putting a rudder in
my kayak here, I've been to soooo many sites already, exhaustively; I do admit this looks to be the most promisin one so far!! And very informative too.. thanx..
-Friday, April 01, 2005 at 15:19:04 (EST)
Tauranga, New Zealand
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Have looked and looked and looked - finally have arrived. Just purchased set of Cirrus plans.NOw waiting impatiently for the pigeon to land so I can get stuck in.
-Monday, March 28, 2005 at 01:21:53 (EST)
John Koch
Fontana, Wi USA
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Found you web site last year. Great site! First started looking a stich and Glue but after seeing your site I will build nothing less then your strip built. Your site offers everything you need to know and I have read your manual many times getting ready to start one of your kayaks this spring. I have told many friends about your site.
-Saturday, March 26, 2005 at 10:33:25 (EST)
Dennis Chall
White lake, mi USA
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Thanks for all the info, it has been fun and informative seeing your constuction techniques! I am currently on my 4th kayak project. Your right, It is addictive!!
-Monday, March 21, 2005 at 16:03:26 (EST)
Voluntown, CT USA
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I have learned a great deal here,and will continue to refer back to for future projects and reference.
-Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 01:31:18 (EST)
Walter Zilka
Navarre, Fl USA
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Great web site..... very informative and detailed
-Tuesday, March 08, 2005 at 11:02:47 (EST)
Paid Survey Ezine
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You guys are the Kayak kings!
-Thursday, March 03, 2005 at 08:08:01 (EST)
James Cook
Pompton Lakes, NJ USA
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The photographs alone are inspiration to build one (or two or three). I have already recomended this site to many of my kayaking companions.
-Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 21:05:21 (EST)
Montreal, Canada
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Looking forward to the day I can use my Kayak.
Great Site for Kayaks
-Monday, January 31, 2005 at 13:55:09 (EST)
Jim Sumlin
Hemingway, SC USA
* Kayaking Link *
Wish I had found your site two months ago!
-Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 08:48:16 (EST)
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-Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 00:14:27 (EST)
* Other *
Great site. I very very much enjoyed reading the epoxy test, something others might be afraid to publish. Strip building seems to be a great common bond for the sawdust inclined. I'm actually building a canoe or have built them in the past.
-Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 17:47:43 (EST)
Terry A.Baird
Lanai City, HI USA
* Unrelated website *
Your wonderful website is my new starting point now for the fast and yet quiet boat I will be building for the saltwater flyfishing needs I have in being quiets and yet fast to the zones I fish. Nothing beats the eyeful of a Cedar striper.. Thanks for sharing your passions with us all!!!
-Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 22:00:49 (EST)
Ted Fizer
louisville, ky USA
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Questions your web site doesn't answer are well covered in your manual.
-Tuesday, December 28, 2004 at 13:14:10 (EST)
greg thompson
murrells Inlet, sc USA
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Wow great information, Thanks!
-Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 12:06:39 (EST)
Lloyd E Peterson
Fair Oaks, CA USA
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I've been here before but this weekends visit has been to look at your carbon fiber work with the coaming and rudder.This is beautiful and I expect to do both with my next boat and now I have visions of a carbon fiber greenland paddle.I've been reading your strip built manual very carefully even though my next is another S&G there is much to learn there.
-Saturday, December 25, 2004 at 23:28:41 (EST)
Hector Stubbert
Millville, nova Scotia Canada
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I have visited you web site many times and enjoy it very much. I have often thought of building a kayak but have never gotten around to it, yet. Maybe one day soon I will. A very informative web site.

Thank you, Hector
-Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at 21:39:39 (EST)
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-Sunday, December 19, 2004 at 11:10:35 (EST)
dan hamilton
bay city, tx USA
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i'm a member of the texas kayak fisherman in the houston...2000 members strong...crankyperch
-Sunday, December 12, 2004 at 10:57:28 (EST)
Aurora, OH USA
* Stroke of Luck *
This is one site everyone needs to see before starting a project when epoxy is involved!! Great site. Keep testing.
-Thursday, December 09, 2004 at 21:13:55 (EST)
Lloyd E. Peterson
Sacramento, CA USA
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I've built two S&G kayaks this summer for my wife and me. Mine has a 23.5 inch beam and I wish to make one less beamy but size 13 feet are a problem. Other constraints are my 6' 1" height and 210 pound weight and advanced age (fifty-six years).

E-mail exchanges with you have made me think about the Expedition and a friend of mine has bought plans for the Cirrus. I need to push him to build quickly so that I can test it.
-Friday, November 26, 2004 at 15:56:00 (EST)
Url Stachel
Ft.Worth, Tx USA
* Stroke of Luck *
Clear illustrations, precise descriptions and very good comments. I've build larger wooden boats and have been interested in stich and glue for some time... the precautionary "you might get hooked on this" statement shoold be posted at the top of the introduction....I'm hooked. Kayak coming up next.
-Sunday, November 21, 2004 at 23:30:45 (EST)
David Ward
Anchorage, AK USA
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Many thanks for the wealth of information and knowledge, superbly organized. I will soon be milling my own strips, but still need to settle on design. Which will it be, an Expedition or a Storm? Any opinions would be welcome...
-Sunday, November 07, 2004 at 22:43:50 (EST)
Marie Rutherford
Woodbridge, NJ USA
* Stroke of Luck *
I love your site. It is by far the most thorough and complete sites I have ever seen. There is always something different to read. I can't wait to start building, hopefully sometime in January.
-Tuesday, October 26, 2004 at 18:38:08 (EDT)
Jordan Koenig
Vernon, BC Canada
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Hi: I finished my Storm Lt. last year and found the experience of building it a great treasure. The pictures of other builders kayak's is great! A co-worker saw mine and is now building a cape anne double. Great design's, very fast and maneuverable.
-Sunday, October 17, 2004 at 00:49:49 (EDT)
Reynir Johannesson
Long Beach, NY USA
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I am half way building Cape Ann Double. Plans are great.
-Thursday, October 14, 2004 at 08:26:30 (EDT)
Simon Murphy
St Albans, UK
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-Friday, October 08, 2004 at 16:28:03 (EDT)
Tim Wimborne
Sydney, Australia
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Message for David Bachmayer. Am half way through a CA Expedition in Sydney. Feel free to get in touch.
-Friday, October 01, 2004 at 06:11:55 (EDT)
John Bernard
Rigaud, Qué Canada
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Great website with lots of info and easy to navigate. I've been researching for two month's on what kayak plans to choose and from whom. I have made my mind up with this wonderfull site and will be purchasing plans shortly. This will be a winter project in my existing workshop which has been for furniture building. Be in touch soon.
-Thursday, September 30, 2004 at 13:03:43 (EDT)
Peter Welch
Charlottesville, VA USA
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Woodworking teacher at a private boarding school built in 1878.
-Thursday, September 30, 2004 at 09:04:17 (EDT)
David Bachmayer
Sydney, NSW Australia
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I live in Sydney Australia and would like to build a kayak. Would like to be put in touch with anyone in Australia who has built simsilar kayaks
-Sunday, September 26, 2004 at 05:18:24 (EDT)
Jerry Eardley
Manchester, United Kingdom
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As an amateur boatbuider (Wayfarer, various dinghies,Folkboat etc) and occasional kayaker (Nordkapp)I found the information on sheathing materials and their tests very interesting and helpful. I look forward to reading the rest of your site.
-Wednesday, September 22, 2004 at 16:55:30 (EDT)
Doug Carrell
Sammamish, Wa USA
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First let me say thanks for the great instructions. It is my first time working with carbon and glass layups. Your attention to details in the directions have been very helpful.

I haev a young son who like Kayaking with me. I purchase a Perception 12.0 Sea Kayak. Rudder are available for it. After doing 1 or 2 longer open water trips with him, I noticed that he was becoming frustrated due to poor directional tracking. Knowing that if he is frustrated and not enjoying the experience he would loos interest in Kayaking. This lead me down the path of building one. After having read your information and receiving the plans I am on a good path the resolve the problem and get back to enjoying Sea Kayaking with my best partner.

The one minor thing that took me a bit of time to figure out was to use masking tape on the carbon fiber before cutting it to the necessary dimensions. After careful review of the online manual I see that one of the pictures shows this. On my first review of the on-line manual I missed it. It might be a good idea to put a simple note, in the frame that show the carbon fiber being measured and cut with masking tape, to use making tape on the carbon fiber to eliminate the carbon fiber sheet from shredding at the edges while working with it.
-Monday, September 20, 2004 at 12:56:45 (EDT)
Brisbane, Qld Australia
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-Saturday, September 18, 2004 at 08:41:01 (EDT)
Ken McClelland
Pittsburgh, PA USA
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Very nice site - I will be back for some plans - or my wife will be when she sees my Chrismas list!
-Monday, September 13, 2004 at 14:23:41 (EDT)
George E. Herchenroether
newport, ri USA
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After hours of reviewing other sites, this appears to be the place to be.
-Saturday, September 11, 2004 at 09:03:39 (EDT)
Robert A. Edsall
manchester, nh USA
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Very nice site very informative, will be visiting it again
-Thursday, September 09, 2004 at 19:18:11 (EDT)
Orange County, CA USA
* Kayaking Link *
You have a very thorough site, and after going through it, I am now thinking of building my first kayak instead of buying one.
-Thursday, August 26, 2004 at 05:23:55 (EDT)
Roy-Arne Pedersen
Třnsberg, Norway
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-Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at 01:12:27 (EDT)
Pascal Maertens
Mont Laurier, Qc Canada
great site interesting information builting a kayak is a futur project that i have for this winter and this site look good for info very well done
-Saturday, August 21, 2004 at 14:34:41 (EDT)
Alain Jacques
Quebec, Qc Canada
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This is a great site. I built 15 canoes and kayaks, but I found in your site many informations that I never though before. This will help for my next projects
-Friday, August 13, 2004 at 21:16:00 (EDT)
Cody Bush
Carencro, LA USA
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Beautiful designs!
-Friday, August 13, 2004 at 09:55:55 (EDT)
Jaromir Kovarik
Annville, PA USA
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Great site. A showcase of what our internet was supposed to be before it was hijacked by commercial interests, con-artists and people who do not know what they are talking about but insist on talking. It is refreshing to find a website composed and managed with such expertise, integrity and devotion. Thank you.
-Thursday, August 12, 2004 at 18:03:39 (EDT)
Laurie Cooper
Nelson, New Zealand
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Last year I built 2 Expeditions, and I have just finished a Cape Ann Double and they are all fantastic kayaks, and I have paddled hundreds of miles already. They not only look good but perform exactly as described. I am in my mid 60's and can highly recommend these to all.
-Wednesday, August 11, 2004 at 05:09:30 (EDT)
Rusin Van Dyke
Helena, MT USA
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Great information on your site. Good pictures. Good recomendations for getting a boat that is straight and true to profile. The alternative construction techniques are a big assist.
-Thursday, July 22, 2004 at 19:24:05 (EDT)
Jack Bitzer
Onyx, CA USA
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Old man (61) admiring your site and the guest list that reveals so many people have been helped. I will read it all and the best to all the builders, paddlers, sailers and designers.
-Wednesday, July 14, 2004 at 16:24:31 (EDT)
minneapolis, mn USA
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Thank u for the technical throroughness at this site. i'm in the psychological process for building a kayak. Thanks also for including some of the popular kayaks(like storm,expedition, et al.) in yr analysis. I shall come back to u as we approach Nov/2004.
-Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at 22:36:20 (EDT)
Ernie K>
Nederland, TX USA
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I am building the Cape Ann Double and think the plans and your site are great! Keep all the good information coming!
-Monday, June 21, 2004 at 07:46:01 (EDT)
malmo, sweden
I truly enjoyed browsing through your website !
-Sunday, June 20, 2004 at 10:42:15 (EDT)
Laurent Saint Jean
Mindelo, Cape Verde
* Kayaking Magazine *
An amazing site, full of relevant, pertinant information! a must read to anybody dealing with Marine wood care.
Well done sir!
-Monday, June 14, 2004 at 06:52:01 (EDT)
Clay Maxon
Urbandale, IA USA
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The different designs that I see for just one type of kayak is just astounding! What ideas people come up with! I trully hope mine turns out as well.
-Tuesday, June 08, 2004 at 10:37:40 (EDT)
Irwin deRoche Sr.
George Town, GT Grand Cayman
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I am thinking of building a kayak...........
-Sunday, May 30, 2004 at 17:40:33 (EDT)
John Petrocelli
New York, NY USA
Congrats on an excellent website. I had one of the first FREE websites (we didn't and STILL don't sell anything) devoted to sea kayaking on the internet as was every site we put up back then when there was less than 500 sites up ... now there must be billions. Keep up the good work guys.
John Petrocelli A Salty Dog Webzine at seakayaker dot com
-Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 14:14:42 (EDT)
Harvey Fleet
Quispamsis, N.B. Canada
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Have purchased plans will build winter of 04.Very good design , well written instructions.
-Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 11:04:32 (EDT)
Brooke Cushing
Pto. Montt, Chile
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-Friday, May 21, 2004 at 12:27:53 (EDT)
Ron Swartz
Anchorage, AK USA
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ANOTHER Ron Swartz in Anchorage?
-Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 13:29:54 (EDT)
* Stroke of Luck *
Great website, great webdesign!
-Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 12:21:29 (EDT)
Jim Rowland
Chesapeake, Va USA
* Kayaking Link *
Maybe in the future you could offer kits for your kayaks.
-Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 18:28:55 (EDT)
Salvador Camps
Madrid, Spain
* Kayaking Link *
This is a very good site for the kayak builders. It is full of information, not only commercial but technical and practical hints are given. It clarifies many aspects like wood board types, resins, construction details, etc. Congratulations on your job it is very well done.
-Monday, April 19, 2004 at 00:56:05 (EDT)
Dave Jensson
Dryden, ON Canada
This is about the most informative site I have seen.No need to buy although i did purchase plans here.It's good to see some one goive out the info as such.It helps one really decide if they can build a kayak or not,
-Saturday, April 17, 2004 at 13:54:38 (EDT)
Darren Pond
Cambridge , Ont Canada
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Looking forward to building one of your designs this fall.
-Sunday, March 28, 2004 at 22:21:36 (EST)
bruce munro
bad homburg, germany
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I have enjoyed the clear objective descriptions given about
kayaks and current know ho behind their development. This information should help anyone interested in building their own kayak.
-Friday, March 26, 2004 at 08:41:22 (EST)
Henry Henkels
Săo Bento do Sul, SC Brazil
* Kayaking Link *
Best greatings from Brazil, right from the Babitonga Bay, in the South. I have to congratulate you for all these creative solutions onto kayak building crafts. Your section on glass abrasion strength is terrific. Wish you the best.
-Monday, March 22, 2004 at 20:18:05 (EST)
John Grant
Norwalk, CT USA
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My step father and I have built many boats of verious kinds. And sailed and raced from a 40ft Hunter to a One Design wind surffer. Four years ago one of my sons talked me into building a "stich & glue" row boat in it's self was great fun. Last year at the end of the open kayak seson I bought one on sale, it's the best! This winter my wife talked me into building a strip kayak in the basement. Best thing I ever did. And I owe it all to your web site. Thanks to you I've disigned, and built my own kayak. Your site has the most detailed imformation and my next kayak will be one of yours. Every Saturday I give my friends the basement tour. Thanks for that imformation, wouldn't have tryed without it. John Grant
-Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 21:35:50 (EST)
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-Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 22:01:27 (EST)
steve plowman
adelaide, sa australia
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I recommend anyone who has a feeling that they would like to build a kayak but has doubts about their ability to buy the plans and just follow the instructions, you will be bound to succeed.
-Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at 06:33:16 (EST)
Avner Moncaz
Mevaseret Zion, Israel
* Kayaking Link *
Just ordered the Storm. Please wish me good luck.
-Thursday, March 11, 2004 at 09:04:54 (EST)
David Boswell
Simpsonville, SC USA
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Proud owned of plans for an Expedition, really forward to starting
-Thursday, March 04, 2004 at 14:53:23 (EST)
David Kinsella
Rocklin, Ca USA
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I am just starting the research phase of building my own kayak. This site has provided me with a wealth of information. Now I have to try and decide which kayak I fits me best.
-Wednesday, March 03, 2004 at 16:05:55 (EST)
Patricio Hernandez
Albatana, AB SPAIN
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I'm looking for a kayak to build and I've found your excellent web site. Positively it's the best site on kayak building. CongratulationsĄ
-Wednesday, March 03, 2004 at 08:21:21 (EST)
Chuck Clark
Huntsville, AL USA
* Word of Mouth *
Thanks for your site. I have enjoyed studying your creative solutions to kayak building.
-Tuesday, February 24, 2004 at 21:06:40 (EST)
Mike Scheller
Eustis , FL USA
* Stroke of Luck *
love the info. im saving to get started
-Monday, February 23, 2004 at 20:54:04 (EST)
Gerard Grace
* Kayaking Link *
I hope to use your building tutorials in my new project to build a kayak.
Thank you
-Tuesday, February 10, 2004 at 08:15:09 (EST)
Uwe Reisenleiter
Gabriola, BC Canada
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Having just finished my boatbuilding shed and readying myself for my first stich-and-glue project, I come across the best website for information and inspiration. Thank you so much for your efforts. I will surely send you a picture of my finished project.
-Friday, February 06, 2004 at 16:24:20 (EST)
jeff spurrell
Mt Pearl, NewFoundLand , Canada
* Kayaking Link *
Great site, have built three wood strip canoes with the help of my eleven yr daugther.She now wants to build a kayak.Trying to decide on a style.After looking at the kayak pictures can't wait to get started.
-Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 08:56:10 (EST)
Walter Finch
Raleigh , nc USA
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-Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 21:29:22 (EST)
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-Sunday, January 25, 2004 at 14:56:29 (EST)
Tom Bowden
Richmond, VA USA
INterested in building Stitch and Glue Cirrus
-Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 14:00:59 (EST)
Johnnie Midgett
Holly Ridge, NC USA
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I just made my maiden voyage in my Expidition. It was better than I was expecting. It is a beautiful kayak. Thanks to your plans and website, they made it all possible. I launched it is glass calm water and it was a little tender to me at first but my friend who has been at this a lot longer fell in love. Thanks again
-Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 17:58:33 (EST)
Patrick McNeal
Orange, Ca USA
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I have been studying plans and manuals on how to choose and build a strip-built kayak for months, your website, and your email responses have helped me more than any other source in selecting the best plan for my needs.
Congratulations on a great effort to inform us novices.
-Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 14:56:46 (EST)
Rick Thomas
Washougal, WA USA
* Stroke of Luck *
Invaluable info on epoxy aging! I am building a Mackenzie drift boat and am at the stage of applying epoxy prior to assembly of the hull. Thanks for the research!
-Friday, January 09, 2004 at 08:30:41 (EST)
David Ward
Nashville, TN USA
* Stroke of Luck *
I get excited every time I visit your site. I plan to start ripping strips in the next couple of weeks!
-Sunday, January 04, 2004 at 15:20:51 (EST)
Paul Vane
Whitneyville, ME USA
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I found your website to be very informative anf thorough about building kayaks. It is the most fun I could have other than being in the water.
-Sunday, January 04, 2004 at 05:47:51 (EST)
Rod Scheuerman
Northridge , California USA
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Great site!! Very comprehensive!! Beautiful kayaks!!
-Saturday, January 03, 2004 at 02:52:58 (EST)
Mark A. Lohnes
Skagway, AK USA
* Kayaking Link *
Being new to Kayaaks and DIY kits I have to say that this one of the best websites of it's kind...very informative and everything is explained in laymens terms. I have been convinced, from this site, to build my own kayak...the start of an epic adventure!!
-Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 01:41:33 (EST)
John Derrickson
Grants Pass, OR USA
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I must say that the Cape Ann Expedition is the most beautiful kayak i have ever seen! I have looked at ALL the sites and yours is definately the best. I will be contacting you shortly for the plans. Thank you very much!!!
-Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 21:43:49 (EST)
John Mahoney
Bend, OR USA
The best of the best. Thanks again for the clear, concise, and helpful information in choosing a boat. Overall, you, your web page, and information, are the best. Believe me I know I checked every manufacturers web page. The larger kit companies could learn much from you. Thanks again, and keep up the good work!
-Sunday, November 30, 2003 at 16:30:34 (EST)
David Frick
Roi Nido, CA USA
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Thank you for the well thought out site ! I am in the market for an ocean kayak, your site has convinced me that the only way I will get what I want, is to build it myself (The Storm with yours plans). To quote our new govenor- " I'll be back "
-Sunday, November 30, 2003 at 14:09:36 (EST)
ti Bob
Victoria, B.C Canada
* Unrelated website *
I have allready built one its a Groenland desing..i am thinking of building another-one..
I will choose one of yours..i do like the shape very muchhhhh!!See you Soon..
-Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at 23:15:36 (EST)
joan batle
palma de mallorca, spain
* Other *
congratulacions for the website and beatiful photos and interestyng work.
-Tuesday, November 25, 2003 at 06:47:50 (EST)
Arend Tiel
Ladysmith, B.C. Canada
Get the itch again to building a vessel. No kayaker me self but like to build one.
Arend Tiel Retired Chief Engineer
-Thursday, November 20, 2003 at 18:36:45 (EST)
Terry Hayes
Sydney, nsw Australia
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It's a great site, nothing better.
-Wednesday, November 19, 2003 at 21:29:05 (EST)
Lucerna, Switzerland, -Saturday, November 15, 2003 at 10:35:02 (EST)
Lou Relampagos
Cebu, Philippines
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I like the looks of your kayaks especially Cape Ann Storm and Cape Ann Expedition. I'll place my order for a plan soon.
-Saturday, October 18, 2003 at 05:37:23 (EDT)
Jeff Pancoast
Medicine Hat, ab Canada
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Awsome site
-Friday, October 17, 2003 at 01:23:23 (EDT)
M. Lively
Mcdonough, Ga USA
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Incredible, Informative, Inspiring
-Friday, October 10, 2003 at 22:14:29 (EDT)
Peter+Anne Schümann
Recklinghausen, Germany
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Ich Grüße alle Kajakfreunde auf der Welt.Wir sind begeisterte Paddler und wünschen allen Kollegen viel Spaß und immer eine Handbreit Wasser unterm Kiel.

-Thursday, October 09, 2003 at 15:57:50 (EDT)
Bill Kolesar
Port Charlotte, FL USA
* Saw kayak traveling *
Very informative web site. Thanks.
-Wednesday, October 08, 2003 at 13:03:59 (EDT)
nrw germany
* Kayaking Link *
hello all friends of the world. best greatings from germay for all friends of kanu country in germany is nordrhein westfalen.i have a lot of time,then i was kajaking of all the rivers and seas in our country with my friends.we have a lot of fun every day.adventure pur.solong friends and the great from kanu driver ahoi
-Wednesday, October 08, 2003 at 12:46:27 (EDT)
Richard Chandonnait
CXoncord, nc USA
* Kayaking Link *
I am really having fun building this cape ann expedition, I'm looking foward to paddling it away, is there a place that you can recomend for paddles,or can you make them yourself
-Friday, September 26, 2003 at 08:24:51 (EDT)
kevin ray
daytona beach, fl USA
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great section on the bead&cove method,and some of the problems that can occur. super site on kayaks, thanks.
-Friday, September 19, 2003 at 22:55:19 (EDT)
Michael Lotterio
Lewiston, NY USA
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Your sea kayaks are works of art-as well as strikingly well designed watercraft! I'm still deciding on a a particular design, but yours are the mot beautiful I've seen yet!
-Monday, September 15, 2003 at 12:12:34 (EDT)
Stephen Clement
Saltspring Island, B.C. Canada
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My cirrus stitch and glue is an awsome introduction to kayak building. vaclav has mastered the designs hydrodynamically. I am looking forward to my first launch soon and a more challenging wood strip plans.
-Thursday, September 11, 2003 at 12:53:28 (EDT)
New Glasgow,, Canada Nova Scotia
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Very much looking foreward to build one.
-Monday, September 08, 2003 at 22:59:30 (EDT)
Chico, CA USA
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Just bought the S&G Cirrus with strip deck plans. Hoping my to have my advanced woodshop class assist me with the construction.
Lance Alldrin
Corning High School
Wood/Drafting Instructor
Corning CA
-Thursday, September 04, 2003 at 16:41:48 (EDT)
* Kayaking Link *
Looking for our first boat. The "hybrid" idea sounds great allowing me to experience both building methods. One of the best Kayak websites.
-Thursday, August 28, 2003 at 14:22:13 (EDT)
buddy tickle
greensboro , nc USA
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avid kayaker in need for better hardware i need the yakima fixed type foot braces..........
-Saturday, August 23, 2003 at 17:23:58 (EDT)
Leann Malone
Garrison, NY USA
* Kayaking Link *
WONDERFUL SITE! The information is incredible and inspires me to begin building. Have bookmarked and will return again to read more in-depth and decide which plans suit best. Thank you!
-Thursday, August 21, 2003 at 12:25:42 (EDT)
dover, ma USA
I had seen your site mentioned in several other places and find it very interesting and helpful.
I'm in the middle of building a Folland designed Sea Wolf, my first, but am interested in a stitch and glue hybrid.
KC King
Dover, MA
-Thursday, August 14, 2003 at 17:49:46 (EDT)
Durham, NC USA
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Thank you for the insight into building both strip and stitch & glue kayaks. As soon as I get that garage, hopefully real soon, am building. Once again, your site is bookmarked, and I'll drop by to see progress on the stitch & glue.
Nate Butler
-Wednesday, August 06, 2003 at 15:49:25 (EDT)
Joe Mater
Scarborough, Maine USA
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Fantastic site!!
-Monday, August 04, 2003 at 16:02:29 (EDT)
Steve Strickland
Brandon, MS USA
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Fantastic site! I am planning on building my first kayak right away and wanted to start with a stitch and glue instead of strip. The Cirrus has to be the best designed s&g I have seen anywhere. Your website content is super!
-Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 19:25:53 (EDT)
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First time using epoxy resin for building a Wharram Cat.
Very interested to have read Vaclav Stejskal articles which prompted me to write in and signing the guest book
-Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 04:13:20 (EDT)
Dave Williams
Phuket, Thailand
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I want to purchase your Cirrus kayak plan. It looks like just what I've been after. The thing that appeals to me the most is the simplicity of construction and your willingness to assist as problems arise.
Your site is well-designed too. It's easy to find info.
All the best,
-Saturday, July 05, 2003 at 01:32:53 (EDT)
Ken Truman
Friendswood, TX USA
* Kayaking Link *
I am just starting out on the idea of building a kayak for my own enjoyment. I was very surprised to find your 5 AAAAA
site. The presentations are fabulous and have an interest for anyone for experienced to novice. Thanks for your effort on your high quality site.
-Thursday, July 03, 2003 at 12:25:05 (EDT)
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I was looking for methods using carbon fibre and epoxy resins glass and found your site. I liked it and read it all(almost). Bookmarked, I will definitely return...
-Sunday, June 22, 2003 at 10:18:53 (EDT)
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This is about the most comprehensive, well-designed web site I have seen on this or any other subject. It is a joy visiting this site (I find myself returning here again and again as I get my mind 'geared up' to building my own kayak).
-Friday, June 13, 2003 at 00:17:08 (EDT)
Alwyn Thompson
Edmonton, AB Canada
* Other *
Congratulations on the best wood-strip kayak site out there! Now to work!
-Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 15:52:54 (EDT)
Old Lyme, Ct USA
* Kayaking Link *
I've visited many web sites about kayaks.Your site is most impressive!Best Wishes.
-Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 18:12:53 (EDT)
sandor beregszaszi
budapest, hungary
* Other *
congratulation vaslav!my favorit boat is a kayak,and you doing very well.i'm happy see it.sandor
-Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 07:03:54 (EDT)
Rick Roth
Suusex, NB Canada
* Kayaking Link *
Being a tech type, I appreciate your explanations of how kayak shapes influence handling and stability. Your descriptions make visualizing what happens in certain conditions easy! I appreciate the many hours spent building this site - thank you! Rick.......
-Thursday, May 01, 2003 at 20:30:53 (EDT)
Rob Torresan
Griffith, NSW Australia
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Wow, what a site! I and a friend have been looking long and hard for our new kayak design/plans, we found em. Shortly you will be receiving an order for the Cape Ann plan set. What a beautiful creation, you must be so proud of your designs. We love them!
-Thursday, May 01, 2003 at 01:50:34 (EDT)
Rick Isom
Somerset, ky USA
* Stroke of Luck *
I have been admiring A neighbors strip canoe, but he keeps his plan source very close. YOUR PLANS LOOK LIKE WHAT IAM LOOKING FOR. sHOW WIFE CONTACT LATER.
-Sunday, April 27, 2003 at 14:51:32 (EDT)
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I am very impressed with your sight and plans and products.
I built a violin last year and am looking for a new challange, I think I just found my next project. I think I can build one that is top notch for the same price I would pay for a low end craft. thanks
-Monday, April 21, 2003 at 22:26:06 (EDT)
Sudney, N.S.W. Australia
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It has taken Ten Yeary. And I have just ordered The Cape Ann Expedition . and I am looking forward to start building it and it will not take ten years to build. IT is realy a beautiful boat. Jurgen Koppen was the one who realy made me decide . after looking at what he can do with wood.
-Friday, March 28, 2003 at 07:54:32 (EST)
Derek Wakeling
Rotorua RD2, New Zealand
* Unrelated website *
I am building "Cirrus"
I cannot praise One Ocean Kayaks web page to highly.
-Saturday, March 22, 2003 at 17:23:32 (EST)
Derek Wakeling
Rotorua RD2, New Zealand
* Other *
CLC suggested I have a look at Cirrus
-Saturday, March 22, 2003 at 17:15:31 (EST)
Ingvard Pedersen
Gedsted, Denmark
* Kayaking Link *
Very informative website, with great photos and lots of inspiration. I am building an "Isfjord", by Thomasson design, and I am certainly going to use sum of your information on the cockpit and the final finishing of the kayak. Thanks for the site
-Friday, March 21, 2003 at 18:06:10 (EST)
Rick Mazur
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Possible first time kayak builder-dreamer wish me luck.P.S.-loved this sight.
-Sunday, March 09, 2003 at 13:58:46 (EST)
Laurie Cooper
Nelson, New Zealand
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This is the best and most user friendly web site that I have ever used, congratulations!
I am enjoying building one of your Cape Ann Expeditions.
-Wednesday, March 05, 2003 at 02:18:35 (EST)
Ben Johnson
* Kayaking Magazine *
Hello from the Ballyvaughan Wooden Boat School and River Ocean Kayak .Great site would like to wish you all the best, and continued sucess. if you ever have a slack period would love to have you teach a course in Ireland sometime, Regards Ben.
-Tuesday, February 25, 2003 at 10:06:46 (EST)
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-Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 21:37:54 (EST)
robert paquet
st-georges, quebec canada
* Stroke of Luck *
your pictures are very beatiful and clear,i built 2 canoes
may be later i'll build a kayak
I hope you'll understand
-Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 20:03:55 (EST)
John Wisse
Beerwah, Qld Australia
* Kayaking Link *
Do I love building that double. It took me a while before ordering the plans, and to find the wood. Not to forget the router bits. I had to buy them in the USA! The hull is ready for glass, and she is smooth as a baby's butt. Most builders don't like the fairing boards, but man o man do they do a good job. I am just lucky to have a very nice massage lady to get those mussles going again. I am building my web site so I can share my experience with the world. Vaclav, your website and support is the best.
Thanks very much.
-Sunday, February 02, 2003 at 07:12:24 (EST)
Jiri Jecminek
Port Coquitlam, BC Canada
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Thank you for your superb website ! I built a cedar woodstrip canoe a couple years ago (still like new) and now, I decided to build a woodstrip ocean kayak. I bought two books from our bookstore, but I found the most valuable information on your website - thank you again ( moc te pozdavujeme z Britske Kolumbia !)! Jiri and Blanka
-Monday, January 27, 2003 at 02:41:40 (EST)
Tim Heary
Caribou, ME USA
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Just like to say your web site is fantastic. I am an intersted party in kayak building. Seems a whole lot cheaper then buying a plastic one.
-Monday, January 06, 2003 at 14:32:32 (EST)
Niek Tromp
Windhoek, Namibia
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We did some kayaking during the December holidays in Walvisbay harbour area. I would love to learn more about the cost and skills to be able to build my own Kayak.
-Monday, January 06, 2003 at 14:27:24 (EST)
Lee Freeman
millinocket, ME USA
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The Cape Ann Expedition is my first choice. I completed the hull today (01/03/03) and started to lay the strips down for the deck. The plans are concise and easy to work with. I am enjoying the experience and look forward to doing a little sea kayaking off the coast of Maine this summer. Best Wishes to All and a Happy New Year!!!
-Saturday, January 04, 2003 at 13:11:07 (EST)
Yves Marmen
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Qc CANADA
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After many months of rechearches on the WEB and in bookstores, I finally made up my mind and the Cape Ann Storm will be my choice. Planning to start building it at the end of jan 03.
A Bientôt....
-Friday, January 03, 2003 at 13:46:57 (EST)
Neil McLachlan
Brisbane, Qld Australia
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Looking forward to building a Cape Ann Double.
They look great and if the feedback is anything to go by, they perform as good as they look
-Wednesday, January 01, 2003 at 06:04:24 (EST)
Paul van der Veen
Rotterdam, Netherlands
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What a fantastic site! I was looking for something else but have been browsing Vaclav's site since Christ Mass because it was so interesting. Everything is so well designed and detailed that I have read every page at least once. Currently I am in the preparation of building a Mahogany Barrel back runabout (Glen-l's Riviera) but have decided that building a kayak will be a very good learning project to get experience with Epoxy etc. I will order the Cape Ann Storm plans next and hope to show off some photos somewhere next year. My best wishes for 2003 for all of you and hope it will be a very good boat building year.

-Tuesday, December 31, 2002 at 10:35:44 (EST)
Tim Knudsen
LaCrosse, WI USA
* Kayaking Link *
You have inspired my desire to create. I look forward to build my first and hopefully several of your kayak designs.
-Thursday, December 26, 2002 at 23:39:47 (EST)
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-Thursday, December 26, 2002 at 00:23:57 (EST)
Agoura Hills, CA USA
* Stroke of Luck *
An absolutely superb site for this novice paddler. Easily navigated, comprehensive, clear and concise. Professional web designers and naval architects both could learn from this. Now all I have to do is convince myself (and wife) that I need to build a Cirrus.
-Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 15:12:45 (EST)
Colin Coady
Borrisokane, T Ireland
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Great site, Very intresting reading on the Epoxy tests. Thanks for the info.
-Tuesday, December 17, 2002 at 20:33:10 (EST)
Peter Rudnick
* Word of Mouth *
4 years ago I built a Pygmy Coho, I wish I had found a site such as this then! After 4 yrs I'm seeing where it seems water is getting into the wood in spots and where fibreglas is breaking down. I just recently revarnished the hull, and had a terrible time with the varnish. Perhaps you might want to include an article on varnishing, or if you know a site with more information on varnishes, appling them and what to look for in a quality varnish. Thanks so much for your help. I can't wait to re read and use your info! Happy Paddling :)
-Tuesday, December 03, 2002 at 11:55:00 (EST)
Lars U. Lamm
Roende, Denmark
* Word of Mouth *
Last year I finished a "nomad" sea kayak designed by Bjorn Thomasson. And what a thrill to build and sail. Thank you for a beautiful site which helped me enormesously during the various phases of building. Thank you also for your generous, personnel advice on epoxy which helped me a lot
Sincerely Lars Lamm
-Sunday, November 17, 2002 at 17:45:21 (EST)
James Jay Giddings
Vancouver, WA USA
* Kayaking Link *
Love your site. I was trying to decide between the Guillemot Expedition and the Cape Ann Expedition. But after jumping back and forth between both sites for almost 3 months, sorry it took so long. I am completely convinced that you have given me so much more info and if your plans are half that good The Cape Ann Expeditins should be a breeze.
Now all I have to do is Convice Mama that my plans should come before her new Chrysler town and Country Limited. HElp.
Have a good day and a better tomorrow
-Friday, November 15, 2002 at 17:38:29 (EST)
Baz Atkinson
Gloucester, UK
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An amazing site! Excellent designs - excellent photos. I'm currently building a British designed sea kayak, but I think your Cape Ann Double will be my next project.
-Monday, October 28, 2002 at 21:40:14 (EST)
Brian Selfridge
Cloverdale, BC Canada
* Stroke of Luck *
I found this site by flook. I am Just getting into building a strip Kayak and found that this web site gave out the most info on doing that. Thank you for the help in making up my mind. I will be in touch with you to get a set of plans. Thank again.
-Wednesday, October 23, 2002 at 23:16:19 (EDT)
Kevin Brown
Isle of Harris, Scotland
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"The desire to build a kayak... begins as a little cloud on a serene horizon. It ends by covering the whole sky so that you can think of nothing else" (with apologies to Arthur Ransome). is now my homepage and i havent even ordered the plans yet.
-Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 07:57:07 (EDT)
Dave Jensen
Monroe, NC USA
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Great site! I was so convinced I ordered the plans package for the Cape Ann Double.
-Tuesday, October 08, 2002 at 17:20:33 (EDT)
Roy Morford
West Vancouver, BC Canada
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I just launched my Cape Ann Expedition (September 29, 2002) in a choppy sea with moderate wind. What a sweet boat! Tracks well, turns easily, surfs on even small waves and boat wakes and is stable and fast as well.
-Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 18:22:35 (EDT)
Keith Keiser
Napoleon, OH USA
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Would love to build a wooden kayak some day when the budget, time and space allow.
Find your site very helpfull for fashioning a seat for my fiberglass boat.
-Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 18:51:48 (EDT)
Ron Armacost
Sekiu, WA USA
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Very informative, very user friendly. Your site should be marked as a required link for anyone who is considering on building there own kayak. I'll be sending others as well as revisiting it often. THANKS from the Pacific Northwest.
-Thursday, September 19, 2002 at 15:43:09 (EDT)
Lindsay McDiarmid
Tualatin, OR USA
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This has been one of the most infomative web sites I have ever visited. It has ended my quest for Kayak plans. I am eagerly awaiting your plans to get on with my new project. Keep up the great work!
-Sunday, September 15, 2002 at 22:11:29 (EDT)
Robert Cox
Miami, FL USA
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I've been looking for plans to build a sea Kayak for some time now and I feel that my search has just ended. I've learned more from your site than all of the last twenty I've visited put together. When I finish my 21 ft. daysailor I beleive the Cape Ann will be my next project. You have a great site and impressive Kayaks.
-Saturday, September 14, 2002 at 22:51:01 (EDT)
Michael Kelso
Kittery, ME USA
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Very informative site. I am interested in your expoxy test. An expoxy distributor directed to your site for explanation of blush. Thanks for the work and sharing information.
-Monday, September 02, 2002 at 08:42:17 (EDT)
Shaun Clouten
Boolambayte, NSW Australia
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This is seriously the best site for not just kayaking, but all issues related to composite materials. I myself was am not making a kayak, but would like to say that this site was a big help in the field i was researching. It is clear that alot of work has gone into the research, and production of this site, and the results do show.
-Monday, August 26, 2002 at 08:22:41 (EDT)
Eric Hertsens
Cabarete, Dominican Republic
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Kite board Builing
Like the information on your site and have linked and mentioned it many times.
Great job
-Saturday, August 03, 2002 at 19:53:52 (EDT)
George Berman
Winnipeg, Mb Canada
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Ahoj, Vaclave. Nice to come across another expat. Compliments on your web site, lots of information and nicely laid out. Your boats are beautiful too. I am just completing the construction of a cedar-strip Guillemot by Nick Schade and found your seat examples and instructions very useful.
All the best to you and your wife.
-Thursday, July 25, 2002 at 12:20:46 (EDT)
Jon Erik Johansen
Montreal, PQ Canada
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I am an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer by profession, and a serious woodworker/ furniture designer. Your site is impressive, as are your Kayaks. I loved the workshop section, and am convinced that my next project will be a Cape Ann Expedition. Why have you not mentioned vaccuum bagging? With an air compressor, gauge, venturi,and garbage bags you will get perfect even pressure over all surfaces and resin to matrix ratios. Perfect wet out, zero bubbles, voids. Can't wait to get started! ( or paddling).
-Friday, July 19, 2002 at 14:44:20 (EDT)
Bruce Conrad
Ipswich, MA USA
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Dobry den, I'm looking to buy/make a kayak, and preferably a wood one, as I know someone 'virtually' that has built some. There is a lot on this site, and I haven't looked at it all yet :), but it sounds great.
Dekuije! Bruce
-Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 17:24:45 (EDT)
Dan Shorey
Crestline, Ca USA
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This is one of the most informative sources of information on the building process, that I've encountered. I particularly enjoyed the clear descriptions regarding Primary and secondary stability and the topic of volume as related to hull shape. Very helpful.
-Tuesday, July 09, 2002 at 18:20:13 (EDT)
Bob Julian
Hemet, CA USA
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I have been browsing your site for the past month and it's by far the most informative out there.
Just wanted to thank you for all of the info and intertainment. Please keep it up.