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Paddling from the Narrow River to Scarborough Beach in Rhode Island

I recently purchase a GoPro video camera. I get tired of the standard angles most paddling videos incorporate so I want to work on getting unusual perspectives.

Autumn Gales Rough Water Sea Kayaking Event

Petrel Play at Wiccompessit

Blaine Skillings photo

For the past few years, my friends Greg Paquin and Paula Reigel (Owners of Kayak Waveology) have organized the Autumn Gales rough water sea kayaking symposium in my home waters of Fishers Island Sound. Greg is a BCU coach and he brings in other coaches from locally and abroad. This year he had Nigel Dennis, Peter Jones, and Harry Whalen from the UK as well as Carl Ladd from Rhode Island as well as local guides such as my friend Carl Tjerandsen. I was invited in the local guide capacity.

Mystic River Tandem Canoe Plans

Fullsize plans for the Mystic River Tandem
A cedar strip canoeLightweight wood strip canoebeautiful cedar strip canoeStrip Built Canoe Building Instruction Manual
$100.00

Full sized canoe plans to build your own strip-built tandem Canoe. These full size plans include patterns for all the forms needed to build a cedar strip canoe. Plans include a 60+ page building manual with over 190 photographs and illustrations.

Sea Kayak Retractable Skeg Plans

Plans and Instructions to Build Your Own Sea Kayak Retractable Skeg
Drawings of a Retractable Skeg PartsSurf board style kayak skegRecessed sliding skeg control knobSkeg Bill of Materials: All heavy-duty stainless steel metal parts.
$20.00

Complete, comprehenisive, detailed plans to build an efficient and reliable retractable skeg for a sea kayak. The result of years of experimentation and testing. This design has proven to be reliable and effective after 10 years of hard use. This retractable skeg should be adaptable to any sea kayak design, wood or composite.

Yukon Racing Sea Kayak

Yukon Racing Sea Kayak
A sea kayak optimized for speed and efficiency

Yukon Sea Kayak Plans

Detailed plans to build your own racing sea kayak
Prototype Yukon racing kayak built by Paul Sylvester
$100.00

Full sized plans to build your own fast sea kayak. An efficient sea kayak design suitable for long distance touring or racing. The front deck is cut away for an easy, close to the hull catch on your stroke.

Build a Strip-Planked Kayak and a Canoe with Nick Schade at CVSW

Jan 25 2014 9:00 am
Jan 29 2014 5:00 pm

Build microBootlegger and Mystic River Tandem

If you want to build a lightweight, rugged, and beautiful small boat, combining thin strips of wood with epoxy and fiberglass will make a cartoppable, low-maintenance, and gorgeous vessel. Nick Schade has been building strip-built boats for over 25 years.

The Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, Washington

Sep 6 2013 9:00 am
Sep 8 2013 5:00 pm

The Wooden Boat Festival

I will be attending the Wooden Boat Festival out in Port Townsend, Washington for the first time this year. I'm really looking forward to it. I've heard great things about it. The festival website says:

Free Boat Building Videos - Stitch and Glue, & Strip Built

Videos Showing How to Build a Kayak


 An Overview Video of the Strip-Planked Boat Building Process

Watch my latest video series! Making Petrel Play

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