This style of kayak, used in the Sea of Okhotsk, is the only distinctive Asiatic type, says Howard I. Chapelle in the Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America. It is a hunting boat designed for calm waters. Chapelle notes that it shares the same form as hunting and fowling stiffs used in America. He also notes that the Koryaks weren’t daring canoemen and stayed out of rough water. Paddlers of the boat drawn in this week’s free kayak plans used two ping-pong-looking paddles to move the boat. It is, reportedly, highly maneuverable.
This kayak was seriously easy to model. It’s also the shortest boat that I’ve modeled in Delftship, and it’s the last boat for January. Only two more months and eight more boats in the Free Canoe and Kayak Plan Project. If you have a request, get it in soon.
Length: 8 feet 10 3/8 inches
Width: 25 1/4 inches
Depth: 8 1/4 inches
Kayak Building Books
To build a kayak from the free plans, you need info on how to do it. Buy one of these three books to get started.
- The Strip-Built Sea Kayak: Three Rugged, Beautiful Boats You Can Build: If you only buy one book, then buy this one.
- Building Strip-Planked Boats: Contains updates to lots of the techniques found in The Strip-Built Sea Kayak.
- Kayakcraft: Fine Woodstrip Kayak Construction
- Consider buying The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America for more info about this kayak.
For a more in-depth list, check out my canoe and kayak building books review.
Get the Drawing Package
The drawing package includes the full-sized study plan and each station and stem drawn separately on a PDF that prints full sized on ARCH D size paper (nestings). You can cut these out and glue them to plywood to cut full-sized forms. A pdf of the electronic drawing package. is available for this kayak. You can print the file on 24- by 36-inch paper on your own.
Free Kayak Plans Downloads
The free kayak plans come as a pdf (free Adobe Reader required to view) that you can print off at photocopy stores.