Kid Yak Design

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Kidyak by Bob Sookochoff, MD., Eagle River, Wisconsin

May 2013 Had lots of fun building this little boat - your full sized drawings have made it a snap!

Kidyak by Alan DeForest

This is a picture of the Kidyak I built on display at the Southport Wooden Boat Show in North Carolina. First boat - next project is a V-Dory.

Kid Yak by Paul Field, Coon, Co Carlow, Ireland

22 December 2007 Many thanks for the plan of the Kidyak. One plan built two boats and they came out well.

Kidyak by Scott Van Hoff , Boise ID

Subject: Kidyak Date: 13 May 2002 From: Van Hoff, Scott Hello, I wanted to pass on some photos of Kidyak that I built last summer. Don\'t blink, you are not seeing double. Your are looking at a matching pair of Kidyaks I built for our 6 year old twins (they are 7 now). Last summer they each wanted their own kayaks since they were tired of taking turns with rides in my kayak (sharing is just too much work). I saw your plans for Kidyak and it looked perfect for 6 year olds. Most of the paddling we do is in the many reservoirs and remote mountain lakes of Idaho. I wanted a design that was stable enough for a beginner and had good tracking ability to handle windy conditions. They liked the looks of the shark face on the prototype shown on your web site. That is why you see shark faces on theirs. Safety was my primary concern and I liked the enclosed floatation chambers in the ends and the open cockpit for easy entry/exit. These were the first small boats that either of the boys had used and I was surprised at how quickly they mastered them. We camped near Redfish lake in the Sawtooth Wilderness area in central Idaho when the boats were first finished. The first morning we were there the boys put the boats in the water. They were a bit nervous at first but by lunch time they were all over the lake paddling like experience kayakers. Kidyak is a very stable boat which helps first time paddlers gain confidence quickly. The boys helped build the boats which ads to their enjoyment in using them. They are proud to tell their friends about the boats they built. These were also the first stitch and glue boats I have built and I found it surprisingly easy. Thanks for the great design. This week we are adding more padding for the seats and adding a couple front deck lash points for shock cording to hold a dry bag full of lunch or other things that a 7 year old might consider as necessary expedition gear. I also have two 14 year old boys who are interested in boat building. They have their eyes on Tunnel Mite and Squirt. It looks like I will be placing another order soon. Best regards, Scott Van Hoff Boise ID 83704

Kidyak by Frank Coumou , N. Las Vegas, NV

Subject: Thank you for memories Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 Dear Sirs: This past June, I bought plans for the Kidyak. My son and I decided to build it as our \"summer project\". Six weekends later, I had the greatest pleasure to see my son beam with joy. I hope that these past few weeks will last a lifetime. Attached is a picture of our kidyak, which was launched successfully on July 23, 2000. Thanks again for the memories (and the easy-to-follow plans especially since I was a novice). Frank Coumou

Kid-Yak by John, Canoga Park, CA

Dear Glen-L, Thanks for providing the wherewithal for all of the fun my grandchildren and I had building the boat and they had paddling it. But the highlight of their happy experience was seeing grandpa overturn into the water when he tried his 165 lbs. in the small boat. Best, John (Canoga Park, CA)

Kid Yak by John


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