first real experience of boating on my own was as a young teenager in a
on frame canoe.
can still remember being
lost in the moment, the feeling of serenity and peace as I slid among
shallows looking out for fish and bird life.
was only a small lake, or
I should say lough as it was in Ireland and only half a mile from home
there was a road running around three sides but for me in my canoe it
Atlantic, the North West Frontier, it was heaven.
last canoe experience was
on a beautiful sea lough on the west coast of Scotland, with three
though the years may have
dulled my imagination that was an equally magical experience.
first experience was in
what is usually called a canoe the latter in what is referred to as a
where the distinction
between kayak and canoe lies is rather blurred.
there are 3 types
The Kayak which has a
closed cockpit and the paddler
uses a double ended paddle.
The open canoe which
includes the American Indians
style which is normally larger than a kayak and where the paddler
using a single bladed paddle.
Canoe which is similar to the kayak
but which tends to be less streamlined, beamer, more stable and more
least that is the basic
distinction as I see it however, there are hundreds of
to suit different conditions and uses.
rushing into choosing
a canoe it's vital you know what to look for.
a canoeing club will
give you the perfect opportunity
to try before you buy a wooden boat kit, usually they will allow you to
the essentials such as the boat, paddles and safety
from being a magical
experience canoeing is a great water sport which will keep your body
new to kayaking who is thinking of building their own, would do
well to join a club.
will not only allow you
to borrow the essentials such as the boat, paddles and try out the
talk to experienced kayakers and decide which style of boat to go
is a huge choice of
plans and wooden boat kits available, to suit all levels of both
However, building your own
boat is wonderfully
when someone compliments you on your creation.
what better way to spend
those dark, cold winter evenings.
building your own
wooden boat kit will cost a fraction of the price of a ready built
are three main types of
home building methods.
Wood strip or 'strippers',
Plywood stitch and glue,
And skin on frame.
of them can be made with
common hand tools, though some power tools will make your work a lot
cost will depend on
whether you buy a complete kit, or you choose to buy a set of plans and
forget to allow
for essential gear such as paddles and buoyancy aids.
might also want to equip
yourself with a wetsuit, neoprene shoes and perhaps a trailer or roof
if you are considering
touring in your kayak a spray skirt, bilge pump, spare paddle, compass,
radio, navigation charts and camping supplies are among the host of
you will need.
essentials that you will need when building
if you want a boat
that is seaworthy and one to be proud of don't
you will need plenty
of room so you can work all round her and good ventilation for when
epoxies, paint or varnish. And don't forget about getting her out
she is fully built.
time and effort you put
into building your own kayak will be well worth the effort when you
her, push away from land, take that first stroke and float free.
kits for Rowing are also available in wide variety of
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