Handmade Wooden Sea Kayak
The Petrel is a high performance sea kayak designed and built by Nick Schade. This 33 pound boat is built 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 but some people find them a distraction. 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.