designer (Evan Gathouse) started sea kayaking at the age of 16, and has
paddled on several multi-week paddling expeditions. He has paddled in
numerous sea kayaks and has a lot of experience of what characteristics
make a good sea kayak.
method: This boat features a inverted V shaped foredeck, which sheds water
quickly and keeps your lap dry. In calm weather you won't need a sprayskirt.
The moderately high bow provides buoyancy in steep waves but is not so
high that it promotes weathercocking in side winds. This boat, with it's
shallow V hull will provide good initial stability and feel comfortable
for a beginner.
model is designed for extended expedition touring, carrying a large load
safely and with ample stability. Boats with narrow beam (under 23") are
faster, but require constant attention from an experienced paddler. Unlike
the Orca, they are not the sort of boat you can comfortably take off a
sweater or take a few pictures with your paddle sitting across the cockpit.
not difficult to build, we recommend the Orca to builders who have completed
at least one other stitch and glue project. Our Cheap Canoe is an excellent
introduction to our building method and the plans are free. The Orca uses
thin 4mm (3/16") plywood and lighter fiberglass than larger boats.
No woodworking skills or special tools are required.
Hull plywood can be 4 mm (3/16) or 6 mm (1/4").
Outside hull fiberglass is an option listed on the plans.
There are options for a fixed skeg, retracting skeg, or purchased rudder.
Builders can add a forward storage compartment and hatch or keep the bow
open to the cockpit. Plans also include details for building your own
Of Materials: (Excerpts
from our BOM)
BOM list materials based on our standard layout and includes a 15% waste
factor for resin and fiberglass. For plywood, we use standard sheets 4'
x 8' (122 x 244 cm). Please read the building notes and see the plans
for detailed specifications.
Not listed in the BOM table below are small battens used as a sheer clamp
and other edges.
Outside hull fiberglassing will require an extra 2 yards of 4 or 6 oz.
offer an epoxy fiberglass kit with free shipping in the US. Our
kit cost less than the same supplies bought locally. See the main page,
top left panel.
The estimated construction time is 30 hours.
Visit our message board, help pages, tutorial pages and read our FAQ:
most questions are answered there.
drawings, large scale with all dimensions required to cut the sides,
bottom and the deck from flat plywood sheets: no lofting, no templates
notes including a detailed description of the assembly sequence and