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Wood Duckling 8 Kit

Wood Duckling 8 Kit Description

The Wood Duckling's small size gives up nothing in sophistication or good looks. We considered making the kayak a few inches shorter than 8 feet so that it could be cut from a single sheet of plywood, but nope: that would make it too tubby. Obviously this isn't a kayak for sprinting, but the Wood Duckling will coast alongside Mom and Dad with little effort. It's got plenty of stability and the dry, water-shedding deck will keep them paddling well into the Fall (like our cheerful Maine models in the photos). Just like the grown-up kayaks, there is a proper watertight storage hatch to hide a change of clothes, snacks, action figures, beach toys, or even their fair share of overnight gear.

Build this boat if:

  • You need a fun, inexpensive kayak for kids.
  • You need a kayak that's fast enough to keep kids happy.
  • You need a kid's kayak that's quick and easy to build.

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Wood Duckling 8 Kit Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit Inside
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

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Wood Duckling 8 Kit

Wonderful boat for kids. If…

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Wonderful boat for kids. If mom and dad are kayakers, your young child will love this boat. It has all the fine touches of an adult's boat and with the optional sapele deck, is one of the best looking boats around. Because it has all the contours of a full size boat, the construction is a little more challenging. All of those wonderful compound curves happen over a shorter span than on a 16 footer, for example, but an extra set of hands and a spray bottle of water and she'll go together beautifully.

As always, the CLC kit was exceptionally complete, the fit and alignment of pieces was spot on, and their manuals are the best in the business. As for handling, it is a remarkably capable boat for its short length. Soon the young ones will be out-paddling mom and dad.
Great boat! Great build!