The Pygmy Boat kit line has over 17 different models of kayaks, rowing skiffs, wherries and canoes. They claim to be “the largest and oldest manufacturer of precision, precut plywood kayak kits in North America”. They also promote that their boat kits are “1/3 the price and 30% lighter than comparable fiberglass boats”.
Kayak kits include several features like: top grain mahogany, precision precut frames and large, roomy cockpits. They make singles, doubles, and triples including an excellent 10' kayak kit
– great for children.
At their website, you can see how to build an
ultra-light, superior performance Pygmy kayak in as little 70 hours,
using a special “Stitch-N-Glue” kit construction process.
here for the BEST PLANS for building canoes and kayaks!
Their “Wineglass Wherry” is about 14' long and weighs about 90 lbs. A sail can be added to this boat as an option. They also have a 17' canoe kit. Boat kits include materials such as okoume plywood, ash and mahogany.
Pygmy Boats, Inc. has been in business since 1986 and is located in Port Townsend, Washington.
The pictures above are just a sample of the products offered - visit their
website to see more products - the link is at the bottom of the page.
Kits start as low as $460 and go up to just over $1,045 - plus shipping. They also have a complete line of accessories including life jackets, paddles, hardware, and travel and safety accessories.
Note: Prices are estimates in US Dollars - features, specifications and prices are subject to change
- check with kit manufacturer.
Availability: Check with the kit manufacturer
Tools Required: Sanding block, wood file, pliers, carpenters level, wire cutters, acetone, common carpenter and household tools
Skills Needed: Basic carpenter skills
Areas of Difficulty: Gluing, clamping, finishing
Estimated Time: Depending on boat kit approximately 70 to 80 hours or so.
Finishing Required: Sanding, painting, varnishing, rigging, decorating as preferred.
A detailed example of their step-by-step, Stitch N Glue assembly process is
shown at their website.
Carriers: UPS in most U.S. States and Canada
Express Shipping: Available
Weight & Size Factors: Generally kits come in 2 containers one with the panels which is approximately 8' x 13.5” x 3.5” and a box of building supplies.
Shipping Point(s): Port Townsend, Washington
Overseas/International Shipping: Available check with kit manufacturer.
Credit Cards Accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Discover
Personal Checks: Yes
Money Orders: Yes
Wow!I I finished my Osprey-Std. late this summer; what a great boat! It's everything I hoped it would be; light, fast, and easily paddled in a straight line. I'll use the money intended for a rudder for something else now (maybe a wetsuit...). I've used it out on Long Island sound and Narragansett Bay several times and I love it (especially in some nice ocean swells). last but not least, it's a beautiful craft. I' actually a danger on the highway because everyone honks and waves! Keep up the good work!
The boat [GoldenEye Std] is everything I had hoped for: stable, maneuverable, comfortable and FAST!... with a 10-12 knot quartering wind and 12-18 inch chop, the boat goes like it was on rails. It will spin in its own length when using an extended paddle and has no surprises when leaned....."
Personal Kontact: Mon to Sat - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Pacific Standard Time
Phone: Regular phone number is listed at their website
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Website Navigation Tips:
From their Home page klick on “Boat Models” for prices, specs and photos. Be sure to
klick on their “Frequently Asked Questions” and their “Kit Construction Process” that shows a photo illustrated example of their “Stitch-N-Glue” kit
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