Available Wooden Boats and Kayaks
I occasionally have boats available that I have built for exhibitions and shows. Below are some of the boats that are currently available for sale or recently sold.
Coot Pram-Style Dinghy
This is a simple, rugged, practical little rowing dinghy ideal suited for transporting several people and their assorted kit to and from a yacht. It can take a small (5-horse) outboard but rows easily. The unique bench seat allows the passengers to easily distribute their weight depending on who and what is loaded in the boat.
His and Hers Nymphs - Sold: Please Contact Us to learn about having a new boat built.
Built in 2009, these two boats are a matched pair of Nymph double paddle canoes. There is a 10 footer that weighs 19 pounds and a 12 footer that weighs 23 pounds. These two boats are made of western red cedar and Atlantic white cedar with Alaskan yellow cedar gunwales, cherry stems and maple breasthooks. The exterior is reinforced with transparent high-strength fiberglass. The interior is reinforced with space-age carbon fiber and Kevlar cloth. The yarns of carbon and Kevlar are woven together in a twill pattern that creates the appearance of tweed or hounds tooth.
These boats are available individually or together as a matched set. Matching paddles may be ordered to go with the boats.
Western Red Cedar Petrel - Sold
Book matched and stained western red cedar with maple accents makes this a stunning boat on and off the water. The boat is reinforced with transparent fiberglass cloth on the outside, a high strength cloth is applied to the bottom for added durability. The inside is encapsulated with carbon fiber cloth and a carbon-Kevlar hybrid cloth.
This Petrel is equipped with two storage hatches, a retractable skeg and a minicell foam seat. The retractable skeg has a smooth positive control placed conveniently next to the cockpit and uses a carbon fiber rod to move the skeg. The skeg itself is offset to one side to virtually eliminate jamming due to pebbles or sand. The minicell seat is lightweight, soft and comfortable.
Weighing 38 pounds, this Petrel is responsive and fun to paddle. It is suitable for a small paddler who such as a woman who wants capacity for carrying gear or just wants to poke around estuaries. A larger paddler will be happy with this as a day-tripping boat for smooth or rough water.
Puzzling Night Heron - Sold
Based on the same design as my strip-planked Night Heron, the stitch and glue Night Heron is fashioned from bent plywood. The only problem with plywood is it comes in 8 foot sheets, and the Night Heron is 18 feet long. Creating long enough pieces to build the boat means there must be joints. I decided that if the joints must be there, I'll make them a feature instead of a flaw. I created puzzle-shaped joints and then drew attention to the patterns made by staining the parts different colors.
This version of the Night Heron weighs 35 lbs. It includes a bent plywood seat, one bulkhead and a twist-lock back hatch. It could be equipped with deck lines for safety but I like the clean look without them. Due to the relative ease of construction, stitch and glue boats such as this are more affordable than my other strip-built boats.