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Mystery wood kayak

Discussion in 'Traditional All-Wood Construction' started by 223Mako, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. 223Mako

    223Mako New Member

    Hello all,

    I am just getting into the wooden boat hobby. I have an opportunity to buy a wooden kayak from a friend of mine but cannot find any marks or plates on it that tells me who made it or approximate age. I am trying to figure out if its a home built or something that might have been made by a Company back in the day. See attached pictures. Any help, guesses or just general comments are appreciated.


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  2. yelnif

    yelnif another little project

    Hello Mako, I believe the kayak is a modern/ not old one. The building style looks like 'tortured plywood' construction to me- most likely home built.
  3. Todd Bradshaw

    Todd Bradshaw Sailmaker

    Yes, most likely home-built - probably from scratch but it could be from some sort of kit. It doesn't resemble any production boat that I can think of. Probably recent, or at least within the last 30-40 years. It's not tortured plywood though. It would have a big fillet down the middle of the bottom if it was, and possibly stringers but probably no ribs or chines. It could be stitch and glue or just nailed and glued plywood with chine logs and sheer clamps, but you can't tell that from those photos.
  4. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

  5. yelnif

    yelnif another little project

    My bad, I don't know what I was seeing- definitely not 'tortured plywood' construction. 1st photo does show some frame work and 2nd photo, left side, looks like screw/ nail 'dimples' along the decking at the sheer. Could be stitch and glue- but with the frame work I think glued and nailed is more likely as you say, Todd.

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