Lightweight Boatbuilding

15' Kayak 14' Canoe 17' Kayak Rogue Sailboat

Building logs from four projects

Here is a collection of photos and text documenting the construction of four lightweight boats – each built using a slightly different technique.

I am not an experienced boat builder or woodworker so these are not expert instructions, rather an overview of what's involved, mistakes and all.

I've included links in each section to relevant sources for anyone interested in learning more or undertaking a similar project.

Also, occasionally I'll add new photos showcasing the boats in action and include any updates or changes.

Hope you enjoy it – thanks for visiting!

After 15 years I've re-skinned my first build, a 15-foot Sea Tour Kayak and brought it back to life!

Project 4: Welsford Rogue Sailboat – A versatile sail, row or power, glued-lapstrake wooden boat. [Latest Update: August 28, 2021]

Project 3: 17-foot Custom Kayak –Combining elements of the first 2 builds, this one features a super light frame and custom modified design. [Latest Update: July 8, 2023]

Project 2: 14-foot Arrow Canoe – Based on one of Platt Monfort's Geodesic Airolite boats - this canoe features a super-light frame strengthened with Kevlar roving. [Latest Update: October 18, 2021]

Project 1: 15-foot Sea Tour Kayak – Built using the non-traditional method of full-length stringers supported by plywood cross sections – covered with nylon or polyester, this tecnique produces a light, tough, easy-to-build kayak. [Latest Update - Reskinning August, 2022]