Kayaks: Painted – Strip

Posted By Dan Caouette

General | Weight | Standard Features | Options | Pricing

"Vinaccia" Black Pearl, Ottawa, Ontario
“Vinaccia” Black Pearl, Ottawa, Ontario


Hard to believe, I know, but sometimes people want their beautiful wooden boat painted.  Not every wooden boat has to be clear coated.  Often some, beautiful custom paint can be equally beautiful

A painted kayak is built in the same fashion as a bright (clear finished) boat.  Primary wood used is northern white and western red cedar. At least five coats of a tough automotive urethane system are then professionally applied to the exterior.  We do not use polyester gel-coats. The interior is finished with Super Sap CLR bio-derived epoxy package featuring excellent UV blockers.  A black graphite or colored low-friction epoxy/silicone coating can also applied to the hull for the ultimate in durability.

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It takes 8-12 weeks to built a boat.


An average 18 ft (5.5m) long kayak will weigh as little as 28 pounds (12.7kg) with a Performance layup to as much as 40 pounds (18.1 kg), with an Expedition Kevlar layup. Even an expedition boat is much lighter and stiffer than a comparable all fiberglass or plastic kayak. These boats are designed and built to be used in virtually any lake, river or the ocean.

Standard Features

– 3/16″ solid wood core of northern white cedar
– Solid hardwood stems
– Solid carbon fiber coaming and rescue toggles
– Recessed fiberglass tube or carbon fiber deck fittings
– Full wooden bulkheads
– Hatches: plastic Beckson deck plates (either pry-out out screw-in)


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.






Performance Carbon




Expedition Kevlar



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