Open Sea Kayak: Designed for Judy Owen of Randolph, NH, it is based on Kenneth Taylor’s skin-on-frame built in Igdlorssuit, Greenland which influenced such designs as the Valley Anas Acuta and Nordkapp. Our version is named after the remote island that stands guard in the Gulf of Maine. It’s designed to be be quickly built but rugged and will feature a stitch & glue plywood hull and a skin-on-frame deck with water-tight bulkheads and rubber hatches.
The prototype “Abbie B” was built for a three-week solo expedition along the rugged Maine coast in the Fall of 2014. The kayak was christened after the brave daughter of the lighthouse attendant who kept the lights on for weeks while her family was absent in the mid-1800’s. You can follow her adventure with “Abbie B” on her blog.
Abbie B never hesitated nor failed in her performance. It appears that Pilot Error is the only way she will roll or get plowed under. This pilot did pretty well, even on that fateful day where my judgment went awry. Those 18 -25 knot winds around E and W Cundy’s Point were tougher on me than Abbie B. The seas were crazy (as you can imagine). I was put through the toughest paddling challenge of my life, placing Abbie B in jeopardy as well. She was great but luck regarding my skill is why we’re home today. : D
Pictures of the build can be found in our FaceBook album.
It is offered either as a partial plywood kit or can be custom built by CSCWC.
The kit includes hull panels and deck components that are professionally cut and shipped by Chesapeake Light Craft from 4mm BS 1088 okoume marine plywood, and the forms from particleboard or MDF.
The kit includes only the plywood components; solid wood, epoxy, fiberglass, the deck skin, hardware, foot braces, and so on are not included. It is packed in CLC’s standard kayak shipping carton.
Sluggish until well underway or help of kinetic energy fromwater and then moves at a comfortable touring speed. (Magnified when loaded) Responds quickly to body and paddle – empty or loaded / calm or rough seas and even in large confused seas. 0-12 knot winds makes for good paddling in any sea. Surfs very well – best test was when I punched through an 8 foot space in reef using two 3-4 foot swells. Runs a beam to waves and swells very well – the “very well” surprised me! Big ones require a little lean into them.
** Really fun to paddle up 5+ feet of non-breaking swells, ride the spine and slide down for the next (7 seconds apart was my experience) . Smooth to lay on edge and hold but will flip hard and fast (Rights equally fast with roll). Cockpit takes on very little water. Weather Cocking is not a problem; a little lean into wind on “rough” water and in just wind corrective stroke with the lean but little energy required. (Greenland style paddle even less so)
Greenland Style Paddle a definite must for long term use anywhere and always at sea. Some people may not like the limited dry space to pack for long journeys (fine for me).
Stitch & Glue Kit: Plywood Components
This is a basic CNC-cut kit. The hull panels, deck panels and coaming parts are professionally cut by Chesapeake Light Craft from 3mm or 4mm BS 1088 okoume marine plywood, depending on the design. The forms are cut from particleboard or MDF. This kit includes only the plywood components. Any solid wood for the sheer clamp, masik and other deck beams, epoxy, fiberglass, hardware, footbraces, and so on are not included. We encourage you to purchase those from local sources.
The kit is packed in CLC’s standard kayak shipping carton. It’s pretty light so shipping is inexpensive. We’ll contact you with a shipping quote once you’ve placed your order, and you’ll approve the shipping before you’re charged for the kit.