What is a good starter kayak? More details provided inside.

I have been doing a lot of research for the past couple of months because I have decided that I really want to get started in kayaking. I want a kayak that has good tracking, but also has good handling. Personally, I am thinking about a ten to twelve foot one, but I don't know how that would do never truly using a kayak. I plan to mostly use it on rivers and lakes, and I would like to be able to make longer trips such as four to six day trips with it. Also, speed is something that I would like, and I believe that normally comes along with a narrower width. I am comfortable on the water, so initial stability is not a concern of mine. Does anyone have any good suggestions? Please correct me on anything that I am talking about if it is wrong.

Asked by sound91 8 years ago


How do I cut and fit a hatch on a fiberglass Kayak?

I have a 12 ft Phoenix Slipper that my friend and I are reglassing, and I want to put a stow bulkhead and hatch in the stern. Any tips or suggestions?

Asked by daffster13 9 years ago


How to mount a garmin forerunner 305 to my racing kayak so I can see how fast I am moving?

I want to mount my Garmin forerunner 305 to my Kayak so that I can see my boat speed etc.  

Asked by david s 7 years ago


Whitewater kayak into a good fishing kayak? Answered

I am looking to buy a kayak. I don't want something too long, or too expensive. I am planning to buy off of craigslist. While on craigslist, I noticed that whitewater river kayaks have ALL of the features that I want in my fishing kayak. Limited size, plenty of space to move, alot of storage space... I was just wondering if I could buy a whitewater river kayak, make a few modifications, and use that as a lake fishing kayak? The only modifications would be fishing rod holders, a paddle hoder, and maybe a container inside to hold bait and tackle. Thanks for looking at this, freeza36

Asked by freeza36 5 years ago


Kayak materials to use as teaching aides?

I teach at a Boy Scout camp in Wisconsin, and one of my main duties is our kayaks.  One requirement involves teaching different materials for kayaks (canoeing has the same requirement) and I was wondering if anyone had an idea on where I could get different material samples/scrap/castoffs to use as a teaching aide. Off the top of my head, the materials are polyethylene, Kevlar, Royalex, carbon fiber, and fiberglass.  Any suggestions?

Asked by nlaluzerne 6 years ago



Kayak customizing suggestions wanted for recreational bare-bones 10 ft. sit inside boat.

This new kayak has a seat, foot pegs, and cup holder. I would like ideas for installing a glove compartment container (similar to what a car has) inside of boat to hold personal protection items carried during my nature paddles on calm lakes & rivers. I have purchased a deck rigging kit, but have not decided on layout yet. What ingenious suggestions do YOU have?

Asked by robynky 8 years ago


Action Cams

Hi all, This is kind of an Outdoors/Tech thread. I work for a nature center and I am developing a watercraft program on our river. To help promote it, I would like to purchase some action cams to mount on canoes and kayaks, and post the videos and images on Facebook and Youtube. I have a $300 budget for these cameras. Ideally, I would like to be able to purchase two cams, including memory and additional accessories (mounts). However, I know that a good quality camera can be pricey, so if absolutely necessary, I will cut this down to one cam. If you are miraculously able to suggest a cam that is priced so that I can buy more than two, I would be amazed and eternally grateful. I do have some requirements: - Waterproof (Preferred camera is waterproof in itself, though an inexpensive case would be fine) - Durable - High Quality Image and video (If the video is shaky, what's the point?) - 2 Hour battery life, though 1-1.5 would be acceptable These are not required though I really would prefer them -View Screen (A lot of these cams have to be plugged into a computer or synced with a smart phone to view. Not great.) - Removable Battery to switch out if one dies. Do you have any recommendations within this price range? Also, what kind of memory would you suggest for about 1-2 hours of footage per camera? Thanks

Posted by Blinktwice 4 years ago


kayak pvc engine mounts?

Hi i saw a lot of videos in you tube about the kayaks engine mount but they don't tell measurements or anything can you please help me if you have it something with a diagram so i can follow it thanks.merry christmas

Asked by EdgardoL3 5 months ago



Cheap knit material that is waterproof? or a way to make a knit material (like "tee" shirt fabric) waterproof? Answered

I am designing a cover for a kayak and having a stretchy, waterproof cover would make the other parts of the design a whole lot easier.

Asked by drdunc1000 8 years ago


Building a boat? recycled materials? any ideas Answered

I am mad about boating but have little to no funds and live in a 1 bedroom apartment. Have struck on the idea of building one...it would have to be small and lightweight canoe/kayak do you think it might be possible to make one out of recycled plastic? for instance a few round bins? I have read the stitch and glue methods and wonder if it must be limited to wood...any ideas? it a tough one i know but it dosage have to be a thing of beauty just enough for fun down river.

Asked by moogle123 8 years ago


im looking to make a kayak paddle out of fibreglass type materials but dont have a clue how id make the mould?

Im hoping to try and copy or even make a good designed double bladed kayak paddle out of fibreglass kevlar or some type of composite. id probhably make it in 3 parts being the two blades and the shaft. iv never used it before so any ideas will be great. thanks. pad.

Asked by padz 8 years ago


Building materials for kayak?

HI there I was wondring if anyone has ever considered/ tried building a solid bottom kayak out of recycled plastic (maybe a bin)? I loved the ease of carrying and price of my inflatable kayak but hate how easy it is to puncture in running water. I'd like to make something thats light to carry to the water and can stand being bashed around a bit. I was thinking of cutting some pannels out of any plastic I can get my paws on, stitch and gluing them together to form a sort of pea pod shape and then lining the edge with some of that foam stuff they make floats out of. Any thoughts?

Posted by moogle123 6 years ago


Does anyone know how much weight can 1" OD PVC pipe can handle? Thank you in advance.

Im thinking of making a canoe and kayak stand out of PVC. The stand would look like a modifyed 'H' with the top span enclosed as well. The cross memebers would be approx. 36" long. The weight of the canoe is around 75 lbs. and the kayak weighs 47 lbs. All of the weight will be distributed over 3 H frames spanning 8'.

Asked by Ginger Magnus 8 years ago


Which Kayak should I get?

I am interested in getting a sit on top kayak to take fishing with me when I go campping. I can't decide between the Lifetime Tamarack and the Lifetimme Lotus. I will be buying from Sports Authority. Any Thoughts? (The lotus is $160 and the Tamarack is $230) Lotus Features Sit-on-top kayak Tunnel hull design keeps kayak upright One contoured adult seat One molded-in child seat Paddle cradles secure paddle when not in use Mast receiver receptacle Foot wells for leverage when paddling Generous cargo hold Ditty trays conveniently located for holding odds and ends Bottle holder Cut-out side carry handle T-handle in front with optional rear location Tamarack The Lifetime® Tamarack™ 120 "sit-on-top" kayak features a flat bottom for stability and a comfortable backrest for long days on the water. It's constructed with blow-molded, high-density polyethylene, making it durable, UV protected and impact resistant. With shock-cord straps, multiple footrest positions, two 6" center compartments and fishing rod holders, this kayak has plenty of extras to enhance your paddling experience. Features Constructed from UV-protected high-density polyethylene (HDPE) Lightweight 50-lb design Multiple footrest positions for different-sized riders Comfortable seat back Stable, flat bottom Easy carry handle Front and rear shock-cord straps 6" center storage compartment Paddle cradles Front and rear T handles for easy transport Deep hull tracking channels Stability chine rails Will not fade, crack or peel Dimensions: L 120" x W 31" x H 14.1" Maximum Weight Capacity: 250 lbs Draft: 5" Warranty: 1-year manufacturer's limited  

Asked by freeza36 5 years ago


What does BONDO short strand fiberglass body filler NOT stick to?

I'm thinking of building a small canoe by making a cheap mold and spreading the fiberglass stuff on it and popping it out. However, it is sticky. Anyone know what the stuff DOES NOT stick to. And perhaps and ideas on making a mold.

Asked by ANDY! 8 years ago



need ideas for a sailing kayak

hello everybody with the weather getting warmer down here in the south eastern U.S. my friend has invited me to go camping/kayaking with him and his family i have been kayaking with my friend's family before and had a great time but when we would race kayaks the girls (my friends sister and her friend) would always beat us (the guys) unmercifully mainly because the girls had the 2 person kayak and therefore more people power now this time i need a secret weapon and while i was thinking along the lines of torpedoes and surface to surface missiles i eventually ruled them out due to the danger aspect but then i got the idea i was looking for you see the objective is to get from point A to point B before the opposition not destroy the opposition then get from point A to point B at my own pace so i decided i would need to be able to travel at a faster rate than the girls so what i am thinking of is a sail now here is the challenge i am unable to make any modifications what so ever to the actual kayak so strapping a outboard motor on the kayak is out this leaves me with the idea of making a sail out of a few tent poles and a tarp but since i do not  know much about kayaks i need to know these things 1. how can the sail be anchored to the kayak without damaging or permanently altering the kayak in anyway 2. any ideas on how i can steer i have a few but i would like to hear yours also i have looked at the project sailyak by zigzagchris https://www.instructables.com/id/Project-SailYak/  and while this is helpful i need more specifics as mentioned above thank you, fidgety2

Posted by fidgety2 7 years ago


hay guys i need some help with a project?

My friend and I want to take a trip downriver but have no money we also know that many of you are experienced with fiber glassing.  The kayaks we would like to build would be sea kayaks or close to them they need some hatches in them in order to access storage areas and its important that we be able to get a bike on top of the kayak without causing too much instability.  we have a pretty good idea how to do it i was just wondering if any of you guys had any better idea or suggestion on where we can get cheap fiberglass material and tips on building it.  thanks a whole bunch.

Asked by snowfreak 8 years ago


How can i Start Kayaking... Where i can find a sea kayak blue print

Dear experts and friends. me and my friend planning to do a expedition of country (Bangladesh ) cross with kayak within 60 days. problem is: 1. In here we dont have any expert of kayak. because we dont have any culture of kayaking. 2. Thats why we cant find any instructor here :( our bad luck. but we are not hopeless. we want to do it. 3. In here its quit impossible to find a good kayak which will suits us. 4. We are planning to make it...but how ,still we dont know :( thats why we are looking for help. 5. For this expedition what we need to carry and how we can manage ....no idea :( 6. What measures we should take 7. What will be the first step to do this and more...... Why wants to do: We love Adveture Now we are doing sort of cycing and Trekking ... we want to introduce Kayaking in our beautiful country . Basically Bangladesh is river base country ...About 800 hundreds Its situated bank of Bay of Bengal. This rivers are dying because lack of knowledge, very few knw the eco system (even me ) careness But we believe if river die people will die :( To promote value of river. To help ecosystem To poke government to save our river. and more........

Posted by fsam1 5 years ago


New kayak design, is it good?

Hello everybody! I've moved most of my robotics projects to Let's Make Robots (All LMR are belong to us!) and I'm gonna do some wood-working now! I decided to build a kayak. Why? I dunno, I want to build one, and I always wanted to go kayaking. No I'm not gonna go take lessons (tips/tricks are welcome), I'll train myself. I'm expecting a couple capsizes. LOL. Anyways, I found a program that helps to design kayaks called Kayak Foundry. The software tells me where to put the sheer strip, where the waterline will be, and it also generates the forms to build from. The only problem I have is that this thing will cost $400-$450 to build. Before I invest that kind of money in a possible failure, I need to know if I have a stable design. Below are the cross sections and a model I made in Google Sketchup (gotta love free software!). Take a look at them, I need to know: -Is the design stable -Will it float with a 185lb man in it The software gave me a stability rating of 90 (out of 100, with 40-50 being a racing kayak) Also, there are pictures of data from the software. the red line on the graph is my design, the black line is the target. Also, on the volume distribution curve, the line should be right in the middle (the cockpit or whatever it is called should be in the middle of the boat.) I guess I forgot to save or something. If you can help, please do. I'd rather not spend $400-$450 dollars on an unstable boat that always capsizes. Thanks, Gimmelotsarobots

Posted by gimmelotsarobots 8 years ago


Is there an alternative to epoxy resin for sealing a plywood boat? Answered

 I am planning on building a version of the CC14 or NC16 from bateau.com. I would like to keep my costs down on this project as I just bought a car, but would still like to build this boat so I can get out on the water along with my wife who has a kayak. I was wondering if I could just use epoxy/fibatape combo to seal the seams and add strength where the panels come together, and then just use something like rubberized roof sealant (like used on the CozyBoat by TimAnderson) to seal the rest of the plywood from rot. Anyone have any ideas on this? Thanks.

Asked by RCS82 8 years ago


How to make a giant collapsible Frisbee... for a canoe?

Y'know those cheap collapsible Frisbees everywhere? Well, I want to make a sturdy (but still collapsible) version about three feet in diameter, and attach it to an oar/paddle to go sailing on a canoe. Any suggestions?

Asked by 9 years ago



How could I secure multiple 2-liter bottles for use as emergency flotation for a homemade skin-on-frame kayak? Answered

     I'm working on a Yostwerks-design skin-on-frame kayak, and have seen pictures of inflatable bags that fit in bow and stern for emergency flotation - in case you're swamped, they'll help keep your water-filled boat on the surface.      Part of this project is the joy of spending time making something that I will enjoy.      Part of this project is about not spending a lot of money - I could go out and buy a kayak, but would need several hundred dollars all at once to do so.  I can afford to buy individual components: a sheet of plywood, or a plank, or fabric, so can work little by little on building my own.      The specialized flotation bags, while nice, would be an added expense - I'm assuming on the spendy side.  But I drink cheap diet soda, and believe I could reuse the bottles as cheap (essentially free to me, since this would otherwise be trash) flotation.  It would take lots of these to float a kayak plus any camping gear I might put in it - about 25, I've figured out.      What I can't figure out, though, is how to have 25 empty bottles split between the bow and stern, filling the awkward pointy kayak spaces, and not rolling all around or falling out if I capsize.      So what do you think?  How would you go about this?  Please let me know what you think.  Thanks!

Asked by tw0nst3r 8 years ago


Is tubing used in fish tank air pumps "food quality" tubing, like a drinking straw? Answered

I'm wanting to use some (new) plastic tubing that is used with fish tank aquarium air pumps as a drinking straw but I don't know if it is safe "food quility" plastic. How about the plastic tubing used for oxygen machines?  Is that safe to use for a drinking straw? I'm trying to make a cheap hydration system to use while kayaking so it keeps my hands free to paddle.

Asked by robynky 8 years ago


comments keep disapearing

On my most recent instructable the duct tape kayak there were tons of comments but now they keep disapearing my replies to them are still there when i try to click on their username it doesn't do anything

Posted by bravoechonovember1 3 years ago



Lateral strength? Answered

I will be building some kayak carts out of PVC, and I was wondering about side stress, using schedule 40, versus schedule 80? I noticed you mentioned that 80 is thicker than 40, and will handle higher pressure / higher temperature. Will this equate to higher sideways stress?My cart will start as a basic "H" shape, with additional cross bars at the bottom, (where the axle will go through), and up the body, for bracing, with the top of the "H" left open. The top will get slipped into the scupper holes, and allows the kayak to be rolled along without the need for strapping the kayak to the cart. The last one I built worked well, but when I pulled my boat over a curb, the lateral stress caused the PVC to break. That cart was made out of schedule 40, and I was wondering if building it out of 80 would help?On a related note, it there any material I can pour into the cart, to increase strength? My initial thought was to fill it with epoxy, though that would be expensive.Thank you for this great class.-Sean

Asked by criffster 10 months ago



nativewater - Build a Greenland Kayak - Universal Laser Cutter Finalist!

To see who won the VersaLaser, read the announcement here.nativewater was a finalist in the 2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest for:Build a Greenland KayakShould this project win the grand prize VersaLaser laser cutter package from Universal Laser worth over $15,000? Help us judge the contest by rating this forum post! Audience votes will count for 20% of the total. Check out all the finalists, and vote for your favorites!This is a forum post created by the Instructables staff on behalf of the finalist. Finalists, please edit this area below the bar to add your own statement.

Posted by nativewater 10 years ago


Minimalist marine battery dolly? Answered

Hi. Been lugging around a 38 lb. marine battery (9" x 9" x 5.5") that cannot be stored in the kayak.  I hate walking long distances with it. Need something like a compact luggage cart, but very minimalist.  Would like to store the carrier with the battery while on the water, in the kayak storage well.  That way it is readily accessible. Thinking just a 1/4" plywood "L" shape that hug the battery bottom and back. I cannot think of how to make the "L" joint (where 2 pieces come together) strong. Also, need suggestion for a (telescopic?) removable handle. Do I use an axle?  Thanks much for any suggestions.  This will be a big help!

Asked by NickMDal 4 years ago


Recycled Regatta

Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia SC is hosting its First Annual Recycled Regatta! Its a build your own boat contest. All you have to do is collect recyclables, trash or anything that would normally wind up in a landfill. Build a boat with the items and bring it to the Park May 10th! You must register no later than May 1 2008. Boats will be judged on creativity, best use of materials, best sinker and speed/agility! There will be some really sweet prizes - so start making your boat today! Boats must hold at least one person! Boats also must be human powered! No motors or trained dolphins! This is a new activity for the 2008 Earth Fair event (5th year running) We will continue to have all the normal environmental educational booths, canoe and kayak demos, mountain bike demos, fly fishing classes, bird walks and more! This is an awesome event! We hope to see you there! Email me for more info!

Posted by EdventureChildrensMuseum 10 years ago


Design suggestion needed - simple plastic slider for small boat transducer

Hi.  I need to add a small sonar transducer (fishfinder sensor - small 2"x3"x3") to the transom of a kayak.  The transom is the flat backwards facing keel-like appendage in this picture.  It is ~3" wide and a foot vertical.  There is a hole in the hull directly above it, so it can be accessed from above. This shows the kayak transom http://i960.photobucket.com/albums/ae87/nickmdal/Bassyaks%20photos/IMG_4068Medium_zps318a10df.jpg The transducer  needs to be able to slide up 2 1/2", so that it won't get dinged when transporting the kayak.  Therefore I want to attach it to something that I can slide up, but will remain attached to the transom. Envision something like a paint stir-er flat against the transom in a vertical orientation.  From above, I can grab the top and pull up to raise the transducer. I am imagining the transducer's "holder" to be some sort of rail/guide combo that is friction and not wheel based.  I found these items, but nothing any more useful. http://www.soucyplastiques.com/en-CA/_media/image/big-glissiere.jpg Other thoughts were drawer center rail siders, tie/belt sliders (a hacked one).  That and the pic above are all I could think of.  Any suggestions would be so appreciated.

Posted by NickMDal 4 years ago


Best Anwser Totals

A couple of days ago I had a "Best Answer" to a question regarding suspending a kayak from a ceiling.   Today I find that BA was removed from my total along with the author's response.  It also seems that the question has been removed from the Answers section.  Can questions or Best Answer ratings be deleted by the author? 

Posted by diyoutdoorsman 7 years ago



what are the bests LED's to use to be seen at a distance and to also not use a lot of battery power?

I am building a light pole for my kayak and don't want to pay $60 for the premade ones. I am looking for very bright LEDs that can run on batteries without a large consumption of power. We stay out on the water up to and over six hours.

Asked by marty300x2 8 years ago


The Most Useful Machine, Air-Quality Balloons, Bookshelf Bed

The Most Useful Machine Air-Quality Balloons Bookshelf Bed Camera Bean Bag Ten Green Coffee Table Stretch Chainmaille Bracelet Steampunk Bristlebot Ice Cream Pops Cute Pillowcase Shirt Folding Solar Panel Wallbots The Confuzzle PVC Rotor Blades Stitch and Glue Kayak Kentucky Fried WTF

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


Is it illegal to use bicycle trailers?

Right, so I want to build a bicycle trailer that will carry a kayak and also is used for something else, but that's for an iBle, and not the point. As we all know, bicycles are considered vehicles in all 50 states. But, trailers that are pulled by motor vehicles have to have registration and tags. Is it so with bicycles? I don't want to break any laws, so if anyone has an answer, I'd appreciate it!

Posted by Bran 9 years ago


Fire wood burn time

So I'll be camping in a State Park where you must bring your own wood. Does anyone know the burn time of firewood? We're burning pine and this is something I've never had to consider, as I've normally camped where you can cut your own wood from dead/fell trees... As we have a rather intense upstream kayak journey to get to our campground, we're trying to take "just enough" but not too little :) Thanks :)

Posted by trebuchet03 10 years ago


DC motor speed controller layout Answered

Alright so below is a quick picture i drew up of the circuit for an electric kayak idea i have. The drawing is just a rough mock up. I think I'm on the right track, but looking for somebody with more experience to double check it!   Really appreciate any help! Thank you! Below is the link to the PWM Speed Controller i plan to use:   http://www.amazon.com/RioRand-RRCCM6NSPC-Reversing-Adjustable-Controller/dp/B00HTZ5OS2?

Asked by ScratchBuiltAircraft 2 years ago


what resistors do i need to step a 12V battery down to 3.25V to run a LED light?

I have a 12v battery that runs my fishfinder on my kayak.  I am making a LED 360 light and want to use the same power source so I don't have to keep using AA or rechargables.  I need to know how to step down the battery.  I no longer have my electronics books to look it up.

Asked by lpn_1993 8 years ago


boating help! I need help finding a CHEAP dingy for fishing and recreational use. HELP!! FAST!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I need an inflatable dingy for fishing and recreational use.  the small fishing kayack cant fit me and my friends and I'd love something motorized for longer trips out to the channel island and such.  Im thinking of buying a 10 to 5 foot boat for cheap with a motor.  where should I do this in Santa Barbara, Ventura,  LA or Camarillo.  help!!! 

Asked by pufferfish9108 7 years ago


What's the name of this brass part?

This is on an adjustable length cane, where this thing can be pushed into the inside of the tube to adjust length of the cane, and pushed out by a spring with a "click" sound to lock the length. This is also on kayak paddles to select and lock the angle of the paddles. In fact, this is fairly common and used in many other places... But I don't know its name. I want to use this on one of my project and I am not sure what name should I use to search for the parts. Anyone can help? Thanks!

Posted by ccyg8774 1 year ago


Light Up Umbrella, Hydraulic Cardboard Arm, Easy Digital Picture Frame

Light Up Umbrella Hydraulic Cardboard Robot Arm Easy Digital Picture Frame Adaptive Kayak Paddle Galileo's Bicycle Amazing Coffee Cup Vases Flower Origami Ball Paracord Bracelet and Watch Band LED Test Tube Lamp Rotating Convection Sculpture Musical Tensegrity Structure Human-Powered Light iPhone Guitar Connector Playing Cards for the Blind Belt Sander Table Mount

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


How do you make a pop up with a wire edge, like a sun guard for the front car window?

Hi, I want to make a pop up sail for my kayak.  I see that there is some type of metal edge that is sewn in.   I can't even figure out what to look up in Google.  It is a simple project.... for my mother-in-law to sew.  I just can't figure out what wire to buy and do I need to weld the ends together. Thank you to anyone who can give me some advice on this.

Posted by LancasterPA 6 years ago


BEC and Semi Conductors

Hey everyone, I don't know if this is right, but today I came to the conclusion that everything in the universe is a conductor or a semi conductor. Is this right? I was thinking if you were to turn something into BEC (Bose-Einstein condensate), (which I know is at the moment impossible), the electrons/current should be able to move through the substance without any resistance. With this being said, couldn't any thing and everything become a perfect conductor if reaching absolute zero is possible? This is just a thought, but I am very interested to find out for a science class I'm taking.                                                                             Thanks for your time KayakKid.

Posted by Kayak Kid 4 years ago


Now that's what life is for...

Fishing that is. I got to spend 6 hours today on the Mosquito Lagoon with a professional fishing guide. This was my first time with a pro and it was insanely fun. This guy knew more about fishing than I could even imagine existed. The fishing was a little slow, and the guide cussed a blue streak when we got to his best spot and found a kayaker wading around aimlessly spooking the fish. But I still had a great time and landed the three biggest fish of the day a 14 lb Red and two sea trout 6 & 4 lbs. Numerous smallertrout were caught and released.

Posted by Tool Using Animal 8 years ago