For anyone interested in skin kayaks, I built my daughter's and a friends for about $120 total. I used pine studs, WRC and willow for ribs and stringers and did a PVC skin. (No poly required for waterproofing.) One of the boats is a 14 foot greenland, the other is a 16 foot baidarka. You can build these really cheaply, if you know where to get cheap wood. I can get 8' WRC 2x4s here for $8 and it takes about 4 to build a boat in those general sizes. The skin and outfitting is where the cost comes in for building these.
If you're interested look into traditional greenland paddles too (like in Kudzu's picture), also made from 2x4 it's just as fast as a "euro" (standard) paddle, but a whole lot lighter and cheaper if you build your own. I'll see if I can get some pics up of mine.
Nice work, Kudzu. What type of boat is that S&G? It looks like it might be a guillemot but my CLC Northbay has a very similar shape. Is the SOF a yostwerks design? The ribs look very similar to the ribs Tom Yost puts in his designs. I've been thinking about going to something like that, but they're quite heavy compared to my willow branches. How do you like that design?
Last edited by frankp; 01-01-2009 at 04:19 PM.