The Inlander Kayak

A few pictures & comments about the Inlander.  I am very pleased with this boat!
It began as a demo build at the Friday Chewelah Farmer's Merket
Dinosaur Carcass
Rib day.  Looks like a dinosaur carcass.
steam bent into place
The ribs all steam bent into place - it's a very fluid process.
patron saint of the Inlander
The Northwest Tree Frog - the patron saint of the Inlander!
The finished frame.  It's beginning to look like a boat now.
Note the deep bow and stern.  For a boat this short it has a lot
of keel in the water to help it track.  Many traditional circumpolar
kayaks had this feature, or similar versions of it.
Beginning to put the skin on.  I like the way the frame looks
with the skin behind it.  (Ignore the disaster shop scene!)
Many small stitches...but it goes quickly.  About a half-day
to skin an average kayak frame.
all skinned and ready for the coating - polyurethane goop from
the Skinboat Store in Anacortes, WA.
The hull - freshly gooped.  Mineral pigment was added
to the goop for color.
And the deck is finished.
after setting overnight the boat is ready for any needed hardware:
deck lines, bow and stern loops, rub strips, backband.  Foot braces
are optional; I left them out on this boat and I haven't missed them.
a sight down the hull.  Nice smooth lines &
hard chines.  This boat has good secondary
I designed this boat to have decent keel depth in the bow
and stern to aid in tracking, while maintaining enough rocker
in the hull overall to keep the boat stable and allow for tight
turns.  The bow is sharp to split the water well, then becomes
voluminous very quickly to add boyancy and ride up over
waves well.  The stern comes to an agressive knife-edge to
allow the water to come together efficiently - this increases
the ability for speed.  The 7.5 oz fabric is light, extremely
tough, and allows for a nice, glossy finish!
This gives s a good view of the boat's profile.  This kayak
is short enough to be carried easily by any vehicle.
So how does it paddle?  Here's the maiden voyage:
Testing a brand new boat is a feeling I never get tired of!
For me it's a mix of butterflies and raw excitement.  Waitt's
Lake is about 3 miles from the house, so it is often where I
go for short paddles & boat testing.  The calm, flat water
allows me to really feel how the water moves across the hull.
Then there are usually a few powerboat wakes to play on
as well.  Not exactly big swells, but it'll do in a pinch.
Notice the waterline: I weigh about 160lbs.  I expected this
kayak to sit lower in the water with me in it.   
It edge turns well, tracks straght without annoying amounts
of correction, and will come about with two paddle strokes.
In September we went on our annual trek to Rabbitstick
Rendezvous near Rexburg, ID - right on the banks of the
Henry's Fork of the Snake River.  I was able to get quite
a few people in this boat to get a feel for the weight range
of potential paddlers.  One guy weighed in near 240lbs -
the waterline came to the bottom of the gunwales - still plenty
of freeboard, and the kayak still handled quite well.  I believe
at my weight I could carry another 60-80lbs of gear - easily
enough for a week of kayak camping!
The back deck is low enough for a good layback, aiding in
rolling.  I feel the back deck would be more comfortable if
it were about an inch lower, so on the next build I will flatten
the ribs more through the transition between the cockpit and
the stern.  It is a balance, however.  Lowering the back deck
will limit the capacity for a gear bag or air bladder - maybe the
back deck is fine where it is...
The Inlander rolls well.  If you know how to roll you will have no
trouble bringing this kayak upright again.  But if you can brace,
it is stabe enough you shouldn't have to roll in most waters
unless you want to!  (personally, I think rolling is fun :-) 
So what's the final verdict?  Come paddle one and see for
yourself - you may just fall in love with it.
Home builders: I don't have a survey drawing of this boat yet,
but I do have all the measurements and stats.  If this stuff
makes sense to you, contact me; I'd love to talk to you about
boat design!