OK, this is just really fun and slick looking. I listed it tagged as canoe/kayak, but it is a powerboat, not a paddle craft.
Kind of a sit-down jetski.
They are collapsable and will even fit in the back of a Prius :-).
Check out some of the pictures and videos on their web site.
I wish this guy well… hand building a cedar dugout canoe – and then sailing the English Channel.
The Souquillou Project is not just about the building of a canoe, it’s a project about transforming a tree into a seaworthy vessel and get it about 150 km (about 100 miles) from the inland of North France to the white cliffs of the stormy coast of South England.
Check his video blog, also.
Carving a Cedar Canoe PART 1 from Bricobart on Vimeo.
A neat canoe based on the design used by some American Indians of the Northwest. This Instructable outlines a very nice build of one of these crafts.
Here’s a video of a demo run:
A very nicely done PVC and duct tape canoe, complete with launch video.
After months of work and having a 14′ canoe in our living room, we finally got a nice day to go and test it out at Utah Lake. No leaks, no problems at all! Works really well, we’ll have to take it out often this summer.
Wooden Widget has added the Foldak, a 12 foot folding canoe.
The Foldak is an easy to build 12 foot folding canoe. Like the Fliptail it consists of a central keel, drop down floors, four hoops and a reinforced PVC skin. It unfolds in less than a minute and all the pieces needed to assemble it are always attached so you won’t arrive at the water’s edge missing a vital piece. It is stable, tracks well yet is easy to turn. Designed to be used with either a single paddle or a double kayak paddle.
Plans (well, instructions for how to produce the plans, which might actually be more interesting) and instructions for assembling a simple pirougue (flat bottom) canoe.
We had a call-out to Newfound the other day, but I wanted to mention the company as a whole.
A neat looking, New England company dedicated to high quality small craft. They have plans, materials, tools and kits among their offerings.
We at the Newfound Woodworks are dedicated to providing the highest quality materials to make what we consider to be the most beautiful boat designs available. We prefer strip building so even though we now produce stitch and glue plywood kayaks, we really like our Hybrid construction method. Your purchase of our products is only the beginning of our relationship. We have produced two videos in DVD format to provide a wealth of information. We are happy to answer questions by e-mail and telephone. Since we also build boats, we know how to get you through the process.
Make sure and check the MAKE Magazine link and read the article. Lots of other resources on canoeing with concrete.
Another take on a home-build, skin-on-frame canoe.
Not exactly a real ocean-going kayak here, but a bit of fun. As always, be careful with things like this.