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The kayaks are built primarily of 1/4" plywood and canvas. The materials can normally be found or ordered from local lumber and fabric stores.  Although materials normally run around $100 exact costs depend upon the:

  • cost of materials in your area
  • model of kayak built (8-foot or 10-foot)
  • number of kayaks built

In the spring of 2000 we worked with our local Boy Scout unit and built thirty four (34) of the 10-foot kayaks.  The per kayak cost for materials, excluding paint (the boys and leaders painted their own kayaks) was just under $83.  

Below is the materials list from the kayak plans. The plans provide additional detail and information. 

 

Materials required for one 10-foot kayak

Item

#

 

Item Description

Quantity  required

 for one Kayak

1

4 ft. x 10 ft. sheet of ACX inch plywood

1 sheet

2

4 ft. x 8 ft. sheet of ACX inch plywood

sheet

3

4 ft. x 8 ft. sheet of inch ACX plywood

1/8 sheet

4

inch x 8 inch x 6 ft. pine (clean/no knots)

1 board

5

Contact Cement

- 1 gallon

6

#12 or # 10 pre-shrunk cotton duck canvas See page 11 of the kayak plans for the exact requirements.

18 feet

(6 yards)

7

1" Philips flat head zinc plated screws

16

8

2" Philips flat head zinc plated screws

10

9

Paint and primer

See section 4 (of the kayak plans)