Kayaks: Hybrids

Posted By Dan Caouette

General | Weight | Standard Features | Options | Pricing

Hybrid kayaks incorporates the best characteristics of two kinds of construction methods.

2012 Wahoo FSK, NH: Clearcoated deck / Epoxy/silicone painted hull
2012 Wahoo FSK, NH: Clearcoated Cedar Deck / Epoxy/Silicone Painted Hull


A typical hybrid is to paint the hull and finish the deck clear.  It combined the benefits of both a bright (clear) finished kayaks and of a painted wooden core fiberglass boat. The most visible part of the kayak is the deck, why not make it wood and let the wood shine through.

The deck is built built like a bright (clear finished). Primary woods used are western red and northern white cedar. Curly maple, white pine, ash, black cherry and black walnut are used for accents and inlays. Beautiful tropical hardwoods like sapele and Honduran mahogany have also been used successfully.

The hull takes more abuse and such is built like a painted boat.  The primary wood used is western red and norther white cedar. At least five coats of a tough automotive urethane are then applied to the exterior.  A black graphite or colored low-friction epoxy/silicone coating can also applied to the hull for the ultimate in durability.

"Neytiri" Night Heron, NJ: Clearcoated book-matched Sapele Deck / Stitch and Glue Hull skinned in Carbon Fiber
“Neytiri” Night Heron, NJ: Clearcoated book-matched Sapele Deck / Stitch and Glue Hull skinned in Carbon Fiber

The “Neytiri” Night Heron combined a a stitch & glue okoume plywood hull and a clear coated strip deck.

"Elsie" CT-18 (LC148 Replica), MA: SOF Deck / Painted Cedar Strip Hull
“Elsie” CT-18 (LC148 Replica), MA: SOF Deck / Painted Cedar Strip Hull

The “Elsie” CT-18 was another hybrid (built under the CSFW name).  It combined  painted, wood-cored hull with a deck that was framed and skinned like a SOF.  It is a very light (less than 30 pounds) and very quick to build.

Standard Features (as applicable)

– 3/16″ solid wood core of western red and/or northern white cedar
– Stapleless construction method for the deck
– Solid hardwood stems
– Solid carbon fiber coaming and rescue toggles
– Recessed fiberglass tube, carbon fiber or turned wood deck fittings
– Full wooden bulkheads
– Hatches: plastic Beckson deck plates (either pry-out out screw-in) or flush wooden hatches held by internal bungee cords


Building only custom boats allows us to build YOUR boat for the way YOU paddle. Every boat is fully outfitted to the customer’s tastes and preferences. We take pride in the fact we offer a large variety of options. Out list of options is unparalleled. See our Options page for a small sampling.


The price will depend on which construction styles are incorporated.  Generally they will be an average of the prices (ie Clearcoated Deck w/ Painted Hull, Standard Layup OR Painted hull with SOF deck).   Each hybrid project is very unique and will be quoted individually.  Here’s a few combinations. You get the idea.

Clearcoated Deck & Painted hull, Standard Layup


SOF Deck & Painted Hull, Standard & SOF Layup



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