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Does Anyone Make/Sell Plans and Kits Still, Like Folbot Used To?

Posted: Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:09 am
by Rob
Just curious if any companies or individuals are selling plans, and/or kits for folding, or even rigid kayaks, with wooden or aluminum frames?

I know Folbot used to back in the day, since my parents bought one, and assembled a double kayak with success. It was a great boat, and turned out very nice.

I was surprised to find out just the other night that my mom apparently did ALL the varnishing of the frame by herself. I didn't remember that.

I know the Chesapeake Lights Company makes and sells kayak kits and plans for wood strip models, but that's the only one I am currently aware of.

Re: Does Anyone Make/Sell Plans and Kits Still, Like Folbot Used To?

Posted: Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:25 am
by JohnSand
I think there are several companies that sell plans and kits for wooden kayaks. Glen-L comes to mind.
http://gentrycustomboats.com/Planspage.html sells plans and kits for skin on frame boats with wooden frames. I think Tom Yost may be gone, but his Yostwerks.org website is still available. There are folders and rigid SOF boats with aluminum stringers. There are other books of plans and instructions as well, search Skin On Frame boats.

Re: Does Anyone Make/Sell Plans and Kits Still, Like Folbot Used To?

Posted: Sat Sep 05, 2020 5:15 am
by john allsop
For plans click on www.clarkcraft.com then onto plans for wooden boats. They have lots of plans for skin on frame and stich and glue, plus one or two folders and they sell materials etc. A very interesting site. Another site for stich and glue is www.clcboats.com for plans and kits they are also available in the UK from Fyne Boat Kits.

Re: Does Anyone Make/Sell Plans and Kits Still, Like Folbot Used To?

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:29 am
by Yakadoodle

Re: Does Anyone Make/Sell Plans and Kits Still, Like Folbot Used To?

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:52 pm
by KerryOnKayaks
Yostwerks.com is a site with free plans to make a wide range of sizes and styles of both folding and inflatable kayaks. Check out their "Gallery" with shots that folks from around the world have posted of the boats that they have built from the plans.

http://www.yostwerks.org

Re: Does Anyone Make/Sell Plans and Kits Still, Like Folbot Used To?

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:46 am
by Rob
Wow, those Yoshwerks kayaks look really great!

Thanks for posting the link to those.

Neat designs.

Alas, most are too small for me, but I'll have to check the others out. Not sure I want to take on building one of these from scratch, since that seems a bit daunting, and I don't have the tools needed to do that, but they do look superb. It certainly looks to be a lot more affordable than buying a new one though, as long as you have the time, equipment, and space to put one together.

It must be a great feeling to build one, and to use it on the water.

The number of hours doesn't seem too bad, but I suspect getting the skin on, and ensuring a tight and smooth fit is the real trick.

I recall that being a bit of a challenge when my parents built the Folbot double we used to use. It did turn out superbly though.

Re: Does Anyone Make/Sell Plans and Kits Still, Like Folbot Used To?

Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:24 pm
by KerryOnKayaks
There used to be quite a few builders who offered week-long on-site workshops where you would build your own skin-on-frame wood and urethane coated nylon hull kayak (usually traditional Greenland styles).

Brian Schulz of Cape Falcon Kayaks was one of the best but due to some serious health challenges he had to suspend those a few years ago. But his web blogs, capefalconkayaks.com have a great deal of information about skin on frame boats of all kinds and also links to his instructional videos and other resources.

By the way, one of the great advantages of skin on frames is that you can tailor the shape and volume of the boat to exactly match the metrics of the paddler -- this is what the builders who offer the seminars will do. At a Greenland kayak skills camp I attended a few years ago there were a couple of quite large guys (like pro football players) and one very plump short woman who all had skin on frame kayaks that had been custom proportioned to fit them.

Re: Does Anyone Make/Sell Plans and Kits Still, Like Folbot Used To?

Posted: Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:51 pm
by Yakadoodle