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Trans-Pacific in a strip-built kayak

I found this piece from several months back (via My WoodenBoat of the Week) about a couple paddling from Phuket, Thailand to San Francisco via the Bering Sea. I concur with one other reader that it is a nicely-built Nick Shade design. Anyone heard tell of this voyage?

Nymph – new double paddle canoe from Guillemot

Years ago I came a across a boat in WoodenBoat that had me fixated for months. It was a little lapstrake double paddle canoe. Something about the boat was so exciting – it was small and nimble – perfect for poking into nooks of various estuaries. A real messing about kind of boat. I’ve had [...]

Hmmm – Guillemot Kayak / Chesapeake Light Craft partnership

I see in Nick Shade’s blog that he has been talking to Chesapeake Light Craft about partnering on a sit-on-top boat. Interesting alliance. Nick seems to be playing with downmarket options (not meant to be pejorative – I speak in terms of access for builders) and CLC probably needs some fresh ideas. I wonder if [...]

Top designer / builder: Nick Shade

Nick Shade is the man behind Guillemot Kayaks, producer of some of the nicer-looking wooden kayaks around. I mentioned Nick via his book, The Strip-Built Sea Kayak, a couple months back. Most of Nick’s stuff is strip built, and he seems to do nice work. Apparently one of his boats is in the Museum [...]

A recent project – a wooden kayak paddle

Here is a recent project of mine – a wooden kayak paddle. The shaft is white cedar and the blade is cherry, basswood, and walnut. I added the ferrule later. I love it – in addition to looking great, it is light and a good size for me.

I built it using plans from The [...]