Fishing Kayak with Retractable Outriggers

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Project by English posted 08-19-2017 07:22 PM 6594 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this kayak for my grandson.

I built this kayak using Douglas fir for the frame and Okoume marine plywood for the sides bottom and deck, The outside of the plywood has been laminated with 6 oz fiberglass and epoxy on sides and bottom. The deck is laminated with 4 oz fiberglass and epoxy.

It is painted with VC Epoxy on the bottom and Rustoleum Marine topside paint for the sides and cockpit. The decks are finished with 5 coats of spar urethane.

The Outriggers are stitch and glue and laminated with 6 oz fiberglass and epoxy. The Outriggers are retractable to make it easier to paddle then deployed to stabilize the kayak for fishing.

The kayak is a Jeff Spira design Huntington Harbor.
The outriggers are my own design.

My grandson caught a fish in it in the first ten minutes.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#1 posted 08-19-2017 07:36 PM

Very nice!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#2 posted 08-19-2017 10:12 PM

Looks like you’ve been really busy making your grandchildren happy. Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 08-19-2017 10:31 PM

Nice boat. Let’s go fishing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 08-19-2017 10:52 PM

Nice job! Another beautiful kayak. I saw the first picture and thought, nice stable looking unit, but maybe a little hard to get around in. Then I saw the retractable outriggers, what a great idea. It looks like it was an enjoyable build. I don’t know about you, but I want to build more canoes, I think boat building is habit forming. I forgot when commenting on the other kayak but I like the kayak carrier/dolly in the picture. I made one for my canoe but used bicycle wheels. It works well but is a little hard to store, I like yours better. Fine job, English, thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#5 posted 08-19-2017 11:26 PM


The Kayak Buggy is made so that will come back apart very easy. Just a few of the PVC joints are glued. All of it except for the tires can be stowed in the front or rear air camber of the kayak. If you run one of the sail ropes through the wheels and tie it off, there is no chance of losing them. On the fishing Kayak just run a short rope through the wheel and tie it off to one of the retract-er levers. That way if you are kayak/camping down a river you can get your kayak out each night and off the river.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#6 posted 08-20-2017 02:33 AM

Excellent design. I love it!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 08-20-2017 02:53 AM

Very nicely built kayak, The way the pontoons fold back is ingenious and unique. First class work.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 08-20-2017 04:03 AM

Great job big E’... nothing better than a set of ”training wheels” for us landlubbers.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#9 posted 08-20-2017 04:40 AM

Nice work John. I love the retractable outriggers.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 08-20-2017 12:49 PM

I love it!
On my list one of these days.

-- Doug...

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#11 posted 08-20-2017 01:32 PM

Wow! This is a very creative kayak.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 08-20-2017 06:25 PM

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