Stand up paddleboarding is the latest rage because it is easy and it is fun! The Voyager kit is for a 14' hollow wooden stand up paddleboard built using stitch and glue techniques. For more information on the build process please go to our SUP Blog. This board features a V entry to cut the chop and glide smoothly through the water, the bottom transitions from the V at the bow to flat through the tail of the board making it stable underfoot. The hard chine rails and removable fin track nicely through the water making the board a pleasure to paddle. Build time is estimated to be between 35-60 hours depending on your skill level and level of finish desired.
Stand up paddle boards make a great first time boat building project because the insides don't need to be finished and they don't have a lot of parts like hatches and coamings that really add to the time it takes to finish a project. The Voyager SUP is designed to be a great first time boat building or board building project.
I designed the EZ Skiff after a fishing trip with my three boys in our 8' pram. One of the younger boys had a fish on in the back when the oldest boy exhuberantly jumped to his feet to net the fish and I ended up white knuckling the gunwales trying to keep the boat upright and everybody in it. It was then that I knew it was time for a bigger boat. I named the boat the EZ Skiff because it is a simple straight forward boat to put together. Building time should probably be 30-50 hours depending on how fancy you want to make it and skill level.
The EZ Skiff's dimensions are:
Draft: 3" with 27lb load 5" with 650lb load
The flat bottom makes the boat very stable and the hard chine give plenty of bouyancy, no more surprises when the kid jumps up! It can be powered by oar, electric motor, or small outboard. A sailing kit based on the Laser rig is in the works.
The EZ Skiff kit consists of:
Precut Plywood Parts for Bottom, Transom, and Sides
Wood for Gunwales, Breasthook, and Transom Knees
Epoxy Putty for Filleting
Epoxy for Taping Seams and covering the outside
Fiberglass Tape For Seams and Fiberglass Cloth to cover the outside
Here is a link to some of our blog postings about the EZ Skiff
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Epoxy Basics covers a wide range of topics related to using epoxy and getting the best results possible with the least amount of effort. The techinques and tips described in the book will save you time and headache. Areas covered include fillets, dealing with blush, sheathing and fill coats. This is a book that we highly recommend you have in your shop.
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