The rain stopped late in the afternoon and I got
to try out the skinboat. She is amazingly stable on initial and secondary!
After floating around a while and getting comfortable I took off across
the lake. I need to slid the cockpit ring back an inch or better just for
comfort and to better balance the boat. The boat accelerates easily and
reaches cruising speed in a few strokes. This boat ain't no slow poke
either. She'll move out right smartly! Her characteristics in a turn are
typical of a multichine kayak. The softer chine doesn't bite the water as
my other hard chine boats do, but nevertheless when leaned over properly
she executes a nice turn. I rockered the keel slightly that evidently
helped the performance some. While heading into wind and waves, I did
notice that I wasn't getting spray in the face like I normally do! The
flared v'd bow throws the water to out to the side instead of up! This was
a fun and different project
The plans are $12.00ppd Contact Jack Loganbill.
E-mail Jack at -
Been along time since I've built a boat from someone elses plans! I
found out that this boat was designed for the Boy Scouts about 20 or so
years ago, so it's actually been around for a while as it was in Boy's
Life Magazine. This has been one of the most fun projects I've undertaken.
She is symmetrical. Bow and stern stems are the same. You need 11 stingers
and 5 frames and 5.5 yards of canvas or whatever. There is so much history
about skin boats it'll blow your mind away. So many different styles from
different parts of the extreme northern hemisphere!