|Absolute Wooden Kayaks|
Why buy our kayak kit? ~ Completely built wooden kayaks ~Special items ~ Français
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General assembly drawing for Sea Wolf.
Stable, high performance kayaks.
Our Absolute Wooden Kayaks
are high performance sea kayaks, built
from our kayak kits and designed for discriminating paddlers who prefer
the beauty, lightweight and efficiency of a wooden kayak.
Stitch and glue construction.
Our well proven design is built using the Stitch and Glue process.
Using our in-house design method enables us to create the fine bow
entry and the exceptionally efficient hull shape.
Accurate and strong finger joints.
Wherever the hull panels of our kayak kits must be joined, a specially designed and incredibly strong finger joint has already been cut into the panels. This joint is the result of lengthy research and trials. Scarf joints on thin plywood panels such as used in building our kayaks, are first of all tricky to cut accurately, they may not leave a nice straight and well defined line and they can slide around too much, making it difficult to align. Butt joints will align better in one direction than scarf joints, but they require more work as they need to be backed up with something. If not carefully done, they can leave a flat spot on the finished panel. Our finger joint accurately aligns in both directions, (it can't do anything else) quickly and without hassle. It also looks great if you want to bright finish your hull. To see what our finger looks like, go to the Photo Gallery.
What's included in your kit?
For more information on what's included, click on Kit
details Our kayak kits are built with hatches that
can be omitted if you prefer. Permanent plywood bulkheads ensure
perfect hull shape and alignment as well as providing forward
and aft flotation chambers or storage compartments. Some designs
use foam for bulkheads, the shape of which is often determined
by trial and error, and then they're fitted after the hull is
assembled. These are very difficult to seal and don't contribute
much to shape, strength, or alignment as you build. Others use
temporary forms which are removed after the hull is built. Our
experience shows us that our built in bulkheads not only improve
strength, but ensure accuracy and proper hull shape. Because they
also stiffen the hull, they contribute considerably to hull efficiency
making it easier to paddle.
KEEPERS Adjustable foot braces are included.
Complete deck rigging with all fittings are also included.
We are dedicated to offering the most beautiful, efficient, and lightweight sea-kayaks that you can build or buy.