What's the expected lifespan of a kayak?

Some kayaks last a lifetime, but it depends on the owner. There are kayaks in museums that are hundreds of years old and still usable, and there are kayaks built 20 years ago that are useless. With proper treatment, the canvas can easily last 20 years. The frame can last indefinitely and be resheathed when necessary.

Courses 2019!

The course calendar has been updated. Check out this year's kayak building classes:here

Kayak building in the USA

From Autumn 2017, Delmarwa USA: Here:

Baidarka paddling

A video clip from summer of 2011's great baidarka adventure:here

Baidarka building

A video from a kayak building class in Vestfossen, Norway:here

New pages!

New, and well illustrated presentation of our beautiful new paddle types! More.

Traditional kayaking article

Jeff Allens article from Ocean Paddler:Les her: