Guillemot Kayaks Night Heron
Guillemot Kayaks Night Heron (courtesy of Guillemot Kayaks)

Guillemot Kayaks Night Heron

Guillemot Kayaks Night Heron
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Wooden kayaks weigh significantly less than most modern fiberglass boats, so they are easier to handle on land and faster on water. The catch? These handcrafted works of art can cost as much as a new car. A red-cedar-strip Guillemot Kayaks Night Heron, like the one pictured here, takes Connecticut designer Nick Schade more than 300 hours to build and costs $22,000. While even Schade’s baseline models are pricey (from $10,000; wooden­kayaks.com), there is another option: Make one yourself. With household tools, 30 clamps, and a little space in the garage, you can build your own with a kit from Redfish Kayaks for $1,495 (redfish­kayak.com). Get working now and you’ll be paddling, in style, by next spring.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021 Lead Photo: courtesy of Guillemot Kayaks
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