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Kayaks: For Kids

Posted By Dan Caouette

GeneralDesigns Available | Paddles | Wood Strip | S&G | SOF | Pricing

Danielle in her Pink Pearl and Lena in her Sharkbait SOFs.
Lena and Danielle in their Coos 8 SOF’s

General

If your child is old enough to paddle their own boat (usually at around 4 years old) and you wish they had their own kayak, we can build a kayaks that’s their size. It can be built using the wood strip core, fiberglass method (bright or painted) or skin-on-frame building method. There are very few commercially built kayaks for children. Ours can be built off of scaled down adult designs or from brand-new designs. Either way, they are designed with more initial and secondary stability to make your child’s paddling comfortable and not scary.

When outriggers are attached to the back deck of the kayak, children as young as 2 years old can an enjoy paddling their own kayak.  Until they are old enough to truly go out on their own, an adult should paddle next to them.

We can also build your child and appropriately sized kayak paddle.  Both traditional Greenland and  “Euro” paddles are available.

Designs Available:

We have a total of five different designs.  They may look very different but have similar performance for their age group (more information coming!).  See our Designs page for detailed information on the various models.

Ages 2 – 5

– Coos 8: A great little kayak to introduce your child to kayaking.  Comes with removable outriggers.

Ages 4-12

  • Black Pearl – Jr: A downsized authentic Black Pearl by Björn Thomasson.  Plans and kits are available.
  • Androscoggin 12: Modeled to resemble a modern, high performance sea kayak
  • Aziscohos 12: Our kid size version of a post-1845 Alaskan baidarka
  • SEA 12: We took our little rough water play boat and re-sized it for even smaller paddlers.

Wood Strip: Clearcoated (Bright) or Painted:

– Starting price for a 10-12ft long child sized wooden core, fiberglass kayak
– Standard layup
– The same options are available as for the adult kayaks

Stitch & Glue: Clearcoated (Bright) or Painted:

– Starting price for a 10-12ft long child sized wooden core, fiberglass kayak
– Standard layup
– The same options are available as for the adult kayaks

Skin-on-Frame:

– Starting price for a 10-12ft long child sized kayak with wooden stringers on plywood frames
– Skinned with a Dacron/fiberglass/epoxy laminate

Pricing

Strip: Clearcoated or Painted

$3600

S&G: Clearcoated or Painted

$1800

Skin-on-Frame

$1500

2 thoughts on “Kayaks: For Kids

    1. Not yet. According to the hydrostatics calculations it should swamp at 179 pounds. It would be less with that large of a point load in the frame. We had our cousin’s older daughter once in the original. She weighed over 80 pounds and it did fine.

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