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Guillemot


Sleek upswept ends, moderately soft chines, shallow "V" bottom.

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The Guillemot family of kayak designs grew out my quest to create a kayak to bring my out to the exposed islands off the coast of Maine. I wanted a boat that would be efficient for making open water crossings yet responsive in close to shore. I drew from a wide range of inspirations to get my dream boat, the responsiveness comes from the whitewater kayak I was paddling at the time, the ability to cross open water was borrowed from Greenland Inuit kayaks.

Mike B - Guillemot Hybrid

Mike B - Guillemot Hybrid

Completed project; had to clean out the workshop, and so stopped to snap a photo. A little cold for trying it out at that time yet.

Happy girl

Happy girl

Kayaking in back yard in Oklahoma

Night Heron and Expedition Single

Night Heron and Expedition Single

Night Heron on the left, expedition single on the right

Night Heron and Expedition Single

Night Heron and Expedition Single

Built two boats in tandem, working on the Expedition first then applying what I learned to the Night Heron. Both boats track pretty straight but in my opinion both should have either a skeg or rudder. The Night Heron especially, as it has more of the boat out of the water and getting hit by wind. All the hatches are rare earth magnets and I have rolled both boats fully loaded and sprayed a hose at them without any leaks! I get so many compliments about these boats, Nick you are a genius!

Stich & Glue Guillemot

Stich & Glue Guillemot

The yellow kayak is a P&H baidarka explorer. Since I build the green S&G Guillemot in 1999 that green kayak is my favorite. Stable, easy maneuverable.