Available Wooden Boats and Kayaks


I occasionally have boats available that I have built for exhibitions and shows. Below are some of the boats that are currently available for sale or recently sold.

If you don't find the boat you want here, please contact me about creating a bespoke wooden boat for you.

Western Red Cedar Petrel - SOLD

Handmade Wooden Sea Kayak by Nick Schade: The Petrel is a high performance sea kayak designed and built by Nick Schade. This 33 pound boat is constructed of narrow, thin strips of western red cedar. The wood is protected with fiberglass on the outside and a Carbon/Kevlar hybrid cloth on the interior of the hull. It is easy to carry and fun to paddle. This design is suitable for paddlers between 120 lbs and 220 lbs.This kayak is built to the "standard" construction level which means it uses random colored cedar strips and there are small staple holes visible in the wood which were used in the construction process. An honest part of the construction process, these staple holes do not effect the structure or performance of the kayak. The boat can be built without them, but they are barely perceptable from any distance away from the kayak and don't detract from the over all beauty of the boat.Handmade Wooden Sea Kayak by Nick Schade: The Petrel is a high performance sea kayak designed and built by Nick Schade. This 33 pound boat is constructed of narrow, thin strips of western red cedar. The wood is protected with fiberglass on the outside and a Carbon/Kevlar hybrid cloth on the interior of the hull. It is easy to carry and fun to paddle. This design is suitable for paddlers between 120 lbs and 220 lbs.This kayak is built to the "standard" construction level which means it uses random colored cedar strips and there are small staple holes visible in the wood which were used in the construction process. An honest part of the construction process, these staple holes do not effect the structure or performance of the kayak. The boat can be built without them, but they are barely perceptable from any distance away from the kayak and don't detract from the over all beauty of the boat.

Hand made of western red cedar with maple accents makes this a stunning kayak on and off the water. The boat is reinforced with transparent fiberglass cloth on the outside, a high strength cloth is applied to the bottom for added durability. The inside is encapsulated with more fiberglass cloth and the hull is reinforced with carbon-Kevlar hybrid cloth. The result is a durable, lightweight kayak that is easy to carry to a launch and fast and responsive on the water.

This Petrel is equipped with a retractable skeg for an additional degree of control and a minicell foam seat for comfortable long term seating. The retractable skeg has a smooth positive control placed conveniently next to the cockpit and uses a stainless steel cable to activate the skeg. The skeg itself is carbon fiber and offset to one side to virtually eliminate jamming due to pebbles or sand. The minicel seat is lightweight, soft and comfortable.

Weighing 33 pounds, this Petrel is responsive and fun to paddle. The light weight makes this kayak well suited to a small paddler such as a woman who wants capacity for carrying gear or just wants to poke around estuaries. A larger paddler will be happy with this as a day-tripping boat for smooth or rough water.

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Petrel Profile: The Petrel is a graceful design based on the kayaks originally made by the Inuit people of Greenland. It has high ends with plenty of volume to ride gracefully over waves. Plenty of rocker makes it easy to maneuver. This is a great boat on rough open seas as well as exploring sheltered estuaries. The control for the retractable skeg is located next to the cockpit The kick-up retractable skeg is made of carbon fiber. It is offset from the centerline to reduce the chance of jamming Automotive Clearcoat Finish: The fiberglass and epoxy is protected by a final coat of transparent finish. This finish protects the epoxy from ultraviolet and slows down the natural color change of the cedar wood over time. This boat has been sprayed with 3 coats of automotive clearcoat. This is rugged 2-part urethane finish with holds a high gloss. Alternatively, a marine spar varnish can be used. The varnish is not smooth or as tough, but is easy to maintain. MiniCel Foam Seat: MiniCel foam is a high grade closed cell foam that provides good support and comfortable cushioning. The seat is long to support the kayakers legs and in this case the back rest is low to support the lumbar area while still allowing very easy lay-back for rolling and bracing. The backrest is supportive without being restrictive, allowing the paddler to sit comfortably and paddle efficiently. Random Colored Strips: The kayak is made of narrow strips of western red cedar, edge glued together then fiberglassed. Here you can see that the individual pieces of wood are slightly different in color. This kayak has been stained with a medium red mahogany color. Standard Construction Petrel: This western red cedar Petrel sea kayak is built with western red cedar strips and features maple accent strips and maple stems.

 

 

Coot Pram-Style Dinghy

Coot: is simple little dinghy or yacht tender that is suitable for towing, swinging from davits or being tied on deck. It is pretty little boat that will compliment the most gracious yacht.Coot: is simple little dinghy or yacht tender that is suitable for towing, swinging from davits or being tied on deck. It is pretty little boat that will compliment the most gracious yacht.

This is a simple, rugged, practical little rowing dinghy ideal suited for transporting several people and their assorted kit to and from a yacht. It can take a small (5-horse) outboard but rows easily. The unique bench seat allows the passengers to easily distribute their weight depending on who and what is loaded in the boat.

Coot - Inside: This dinghy has a unique bench seat that the rower straddles. This allows for easy shifting of weight as passengers and gear load in and out of the boat.Coot - Inside: This dinghy has a unique bench seat that the rower straddles. This allows for easy shifting of weight as passengers and gear load in and out of the boat.

 

 

His and Hers Nymphs - Sold: Please Contact Us to learn about having a new boat built.

Built in 2009, these two boats are a matched pair of Nymph double paddle canoes. There is a 10 footer that weighs 19 pounds and a 12 footer that weighs 23 pounds. These two boats are made of western red cedar and Atlantic white cedar with Alaskan yellow cedar gunwales, cherry stems and maple breasthooks. The exterior is reinforced with transparent high-strength fiberglass. The interior is reinforced with space-age carbon fiber and Kevlar cloth. The yarns of carbon and Kevlar are woven together in a twill pattern that creates the appearance of tweed or hounds tooth.

These boats are available individually or together as a matched set. Matching paddles may be ordered to go with the boats.

 

Puzzling Night Heron - Sold

Stitch and Glue Night Heron Stern Puzzle Joint: The stern of the Night Heron highlights the puzzle patterns used to connect the various pieces of wood that make up the deck.Stitch and Glue Night Heron Stern Puzzle Joint: The stern of the Night Heron highlights the puzzle patterns used to connect the various pieces of wood that make up the deck.

Based on the same design as my strip-planked Night Heron, the stitch and glue Night Heron is fashioned from bent plywood. The only problem with plywood is it comes in 8 foot sheets, and the Night Heron is 18 feet long. Creating long enough pieces to build the boat means there must be joints. I decided that if the joints must be there, I'll make them a feature instead of a flaw. I created puzzle-shaped joints and then drew attention to the patterns made by staining the parts different colors.

This version of the Night Heron weighs 35 lbs. It includes a bent plywood seat, one bulkhead and a twist-lock back hatch. It could be equipped with deck lines for safety but I like the clean look without them. Due to the relative ease of construction, stitch and glue boats such as this are more affordable than my other strip-built boats.

S&G Night Heron: This 18' long sea kayak is made of plywood joined together with puzzle-style joints that are both striking and functional. The various panel pieces can be stained any combination of colors. Here the greens and browns reflect the seaweed and rocks the kayak glides through as you paddle the coast of Maine.S&G Night Heron: This 18' long sea kayak is made of plywood joined together with puzzle-style joints that are both striking and functional. The various panel pieces can be stained any combination of colors. Here the greens and browns reflect the seaweed and rocks the kayak glides through as you paddle the coast of Maine. S&G Night Heron cockpit with bent plywood seat: Plywood can be bent to create an amazing array of forms. Here it is formed into a comfortable contoured seat.S&G Night Heron cockpit with bent plywood seat: Plywood can be bent to create an amazing array of forms. Here it is formed into a comfortable contoured seat.