The "Guillemot" Sea Kayak

A high performance wooden sea kayak for home-builders
Formerly known as the "SK"

Guillemot Kayaks - wood sea kayak plans


  • High Performance
  • Maneuverable
  • Daytrips and Short Overnights
  • 17 ft, 5.2 meters Long
  • 21 in , 53 cm Wide
  • Approximate weight: 40#

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Guillemot SK: The Guillemot is the boat I was trying to create when I first named the company "Guillemot Kayaks". I wanted a boat with good all around performance for my own use. It needed to be "sporty" with quick acceleration and maneuverability. The boat needed to be comfortable and easy to paddle to the places I wanted to be. After iterating through seven different designs this is the one I have settled on.

With a shallow V bottom and fairly hard chines the Guillemot is comfortably stable and maneuverable. The volume is brought well into the ends for a smooth ride over waves. The low lines of the deck keep the boat out of the breeze for good balance in cross winds.

This kayak was designed for an article in Sea Kayaker Magazine and appears in my book. The article appears in the October 1995 Issue. The story describes the complete procedure for building this strip kayak. It includes offsets so you should be able build this boat from the article. Look here to see pictures of the construction process.

For paddlers who like this design, but need a larger boat, take a look at the Guillemot "L" which is 6% larger. Another alternative is the Guillemot Expedition Single.

The difference between this design and my Guillemot Coastal is I have designed the Guillemot to be easier to build. There is some minor change in performance. I made it easier to build by straightening out the hollows in the ends. These hollows are somewhat difficult to strip correctly. By eliminating the hollow the boat is easier to build with little change in performance. This kayak is also very similar to my Stitch and Glue design.

Here are study drawings and particulars.

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