Seakayaks


A seakayak family for homebuilders, with hull lines optimized for coastal cruising and sea-camping , suited to be easily build by a homebuilder in plywood and epoxy.


 

 

Model

Bette 500 HV (High Volume)

Bette 500 LV (Low Volume)

Alenu 540

Raju 500

Dentex 420

 Mariposa 420

Hull Length 5,00 m 5,00 m 5,40 m 5,00 m 4,20 m  4,20 m
Hull Beam 64 cm 64 cm 69 cm 58 cm (or 54 cm “narrow” version) 80 cm  65 cm
Paddler weight range 70-100 kg 70-95 kg 130 -190 (crew of two) 55-80 kg 70-95 kg  50-75 kg
Kayak weight (approximately) 22 kg 21 kg  26 kg 19 kg 22 kg  18 kg
total recommended maximum weight 170 kg 160 kg 215 kg 130 kg 170 kg  110 kg
Notes single seat long range tourer single seat for average range tourers; with low volume hull two seater cruising seakayak

technical single seater for asverage/long

range cruising

sit on top kayak, perfect for kayak fishing  single seat for unexperienced light paddlers
plans can be purchased here: Nautikit

 

kayak display ENG LR

 


 

These are the available plans:

  • Bette 500 HV (High Volume): the founder of the family, maximum initial stability, and a very good compromise among performances, ease of use and drag, with a really huge load capability, to whitstand all the stuffs needed for a long range coastal camping use; two huge sealed volumes on bow and stern guarantee floating no matter what you (reasonably…) do. See our blog for further infos and sea-trials

 


  • Bette 500 LV (Low Volume): the logical development of the High Volume version: lower flanks, paddler seats lower, she still has real good storage volumes and a huge stability, but the hull has less windage, this kayak is the perfect choice for long range trips in windy areas.

 

  • Mariposa 420: seakayak suited for lightweight paddler and girls that are beginning to paddle and need a sound a stable kayak; two lockers featuring good loading capabilities, and a huge amount of initial stability. Don’t expect rocket speed.

 

  • Alenu 540: double seakayak, a good compromise among hull lenght, load capaibilities, and initial stability.

 

  • Raju 500 : a more technical seatouring kayak featuring the same easy plywood and epoxy building system, suited for medium skilled to expert paddlers: narrower hull, reduced drag, good loading capabilities, quite low on the water, reduced cockpit volume, very light and sturdy construction, the perfect choice for technical sea-tourers. Available in two version, the “standard” one with a 58 cm beam and a “narrow” version featuring 54 cm of maximum beam, low drag on the water and a very good speed ,  the best choice in our range for experienced paddlers.

 

  • Dentex 420 : a sit-on-top kayak , large hull, high stability, low on the water, can be loaded as a real workhorse, the perfect choice for a kayak fishing do it yourself boat.

 

The building of these plans is based on “stitch & glue” system, so you basically stitch the plywood panels with copper wire points and then glue them with thickened epoxy resin and finish the chines with epoxy laminated glass tape, a task perfectly suited for a newbye homebuilder; anyway, don’t worry, just take a look at our blog section and you’ll find a super-detailed step-by- step tutorial.

Building is suited for homebuilders with a very basic level of experience in woodworking; it will take probably something between 60 and 85 hours to complete the kayak, depending on your level of skill; the purchase of plywood , epoxy resin, glass tape and other stuffs will cost around 450 € , depending mostly on prices of 4 mm oukumè plywood and epoxy resin on your local market.

These plans can be seen as the first step for a newbye boatbuilder , kind of practice if you want to built a “serious” boat, or a good way to employ some hours and a reasonable amount of money to built a fascinating object that will lead you to explore new environments, take you away from crowded beaches, and taste a little bit of adventure.

Plans are available in two versions: just drawings (parts have to be manually lofted on plywood sheets), drawings plus dxf templates file (to be printed 1:1 scale or CNC routed to gain an easier and more precise lofting). All seakayaks can be shrinked or enlarged in the range +/- 7 % simply rescaling the templates to better fit huge or skinny paddlers.