Plans to build the 12' Huntington Harbor Kayak
I designed this kayak for a troop of Boy Scouts in Oregon who were planning a trip down the Huntington Harbor. They built a number of these and were very pleased with their performance. The Wilamette River can carry two adults plus lots of gear. It is easily paddled and can handle lake, river or ocean conditions. They're also designed so that teenagers, along with some adult supervision, can easily turn out a boat that they can be proud of.
Here's the maiden voyage of a Huntington Harbor.
FREE Plans for the Huntington Harbor Kayak
These plans have complete instructions as well, and are in both Imperial (inches) and Metric (mm). This is a pdf file readable with the free Adobe Acrobat pdf file reader.
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About Home Built Kayaks
Sea kayaking is one of the fastest growing sports -- and why not? It is a lot of fun. Modern sea kayaks are derived from seaworthy Eskimo boats, and are very safe and capable when used prudently. In my frequent crossings of the San Pedro Channel, 26 miles of open ocean, I often see groups of kayakers paddling across the channel to visit Catalina Island, a beautiful, rugged island with wide open spaces, small towns, trails, and campgrounds, in stark contrast to the high rises, factories, condos, power lines and freeways that occupy so much of the mainland coast. They cross 26 miles of open ocean that's over 3000 feet deep with a major shipping channel running right through the center of it. Whales, dolphins and Mako sharks up to 1000 lb are on constant patrol all over the channel. This shows you how capable these simple boats really are.
Sea kayaks are different from whitewater kayaks in that they are longer, easier to paddle and glide farther for each stroke of the paddle. Whitewater kayaks are designed only to be carried along in fast moving water. They're difficult to paddle and control in still water like you'd enounter in lake, pond, most river, bay and ocean conditions. These sea kayak styles are intended for all of that use, plus milder whitewater in rapid nmoving rivers. These kayaks may be used anywhere a light, maneuverable, safe boat is desired.
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