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16' wooden kayak value ??

Discussion in 'Strippers, Stitch-n-Glue, and Other Wood Composite' started by davelanthier, May 8, 2012.

  1. davelanthier

    davelanthier Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

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    Help! Any idea what it is and might be worth? I know nothing about Kayaks but this was a challenge I couldn't pass up. Someone had built it many years ago but, for what ever reason, never finished it. I suspect it would be called stitch and glue construction. The hull and decks are 1/8" marine grade Mahogany plywood. Keel seam is fiberglassed inside and out. It has built in foam flotation yet weighs only 25 pounds in total. Beam is 24", depth of 9". It has never been used is now ready to paddle [not by me, I like to stay dry ] . Thanks in advance
  2. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    Cant help on valuation, but that is one sleek, pretty boat.
  3. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

  4. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

  5. Charlie

    Charlie Curious about Wooden Canoes

    What you have is similar to this Chris Kulczicki design;
    They are both "tortured plywood" designs. To flex the hull into shape the plywood has to be very thin (3mm) and of top quality.
    Using the torturing technique it is possible to get a 16 foot kayak out of just two sheets of plywood. The downside is the hull feels kind of tippy and takes getting use to. Because of the low wetted area these hulls have a good turn of speed if you have the muscle for it or a lot of glide if you don't. But, as slick a design as they were they never became all that popular because they didn't please the entry level crowd.
    If you can get someone with experience to take a short paddle in it you will find out if the above characterization fits your boat.
    Since it is most likely an old design I doubt you would get more than about $250 for it even tho' it is a pretty boat. S&G kayak designs have come along way in the last 20 years.
    Good luck.
  6. Lazy Jack

    Lazy Jack LOVES Wooden Canoes

    same construction as the 'Yare' design I built myself 20 some odd years ago (actually pretty much exactly the same). I didn't find it all that tippy, but it was very light and fast albeit low volume.

    Value - no idea, but having built one and used one, I'd let it go for $500.00 if I were trying to get money for it, but I'd give mine to anyone interested in repairing it (fell off rack onto a post and fractured the deck a little) as it would be less bother to just build another one.
  7. OP

    davelanthier Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    FYI - It sold for the advertised price of $475 with in 2 hours after I had placed a local internet ad. Had quite a few responses to the ad so I guess the price was right. Thanks, Dave.

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