Unicorn Kayaks

Unicorn Kayaks We sell fast build skin on frame kayaks kits and custom sof kayaks. Weekend workshops where you build your own kayak in two days. Call for a class date and group discounts.
On the days I'm not flying a Boeing 777 to China or India for Continental Airlines I love to build kayaks. We are continually developing new designs and construction techniques to make building easier and faster. We feel this opens the door to people who would otherwise not be able to build and paddle their own kayak.

We build skin on frame kayaks by appointment. Each kayak is customized as required.

Mission: To make it easier for people of all ages , skills and abilities to build and paddle their own kayak.

03/27/2020

Hi folk,
I’m not really building kayaks commercially now , unless I happen to have free time , am in the same continent and like either you or the project. But feel free to contact me about where to get plans, materials or free advice on building techniques etc.

Unicorn Kayaks's cover photo
01/29/2020

Unicorn Kayaks's cover photo

04/01/2019

I guess it’s been long enough and the frame has matured enough. Time to start work again in the sailing canoe.

08/04/2018
Sewing on the cover.
10/14/2017

Sewing on the cover.

A cassette rudder ala Michael Storer.
06/10/2017

A cassette rudder ala Michael Storer.

Here is the proposed sail plan. I'll be using a Polysail kit to make them. I've installed the floorboards, mast supports...
06/10/2017

Here is the proposed sail plan. I'll be using a Polysail kit to make them. I've installed the floorboards, mast supports and the side decks.

The mast supports , floorboards and seat/side deck are now in.  You can see the proposed sail plan too. I'll be making t...
06/10/2017

The mast supports , floorboards and seat/side deck are now in. You can see the proposed sail plan too. I'll be making those with a kit from Polysails.

06/04/2017

I've got a little more work done in the sailing kayak. Cockpit is defined , floorboards made. Time to start installing the mast partners, side decks and maybe even build the rudder. My Flying Fifteen is turning out to be a lemon and needs love and attention. The more I look at her ,the more poor engineering I see. I guess it all can be fixed.

Installing the bent frames on my Blandford sailing kayak.
04/12/2017

Installing the bent frames on my Blandford sailing kayak.

Despite temperatures around 5c, the build continues.
02/10/2017

Despite temperatures around 5c, the build continues.

My winter project. It's a seventeen foot skin on frame sailing kayak. I've modified the bow and stern profile to make it...
01/12/2017

My winter project. It's a seventeen foot skin on frame sailing kayak. I've modified the bow and stern profile to make it look more traditional and will be using a batwing yawl rig as per the drawings. As this is in my ( unheated ) Scottish workshop, building will proceed as weather and my flying schedule permits. Feel free to ask any questions. I don't keep trade secrets.

The wall kayak on the wall
12/06/2016

The wall kayak on the wall

And then there was the " wall kayak ". Apparently these are the latest thing in " must have" interior decorator pieces. ...
11/22/2016

And then there was the " wall kayak ". Apparently these are the latest thing in " must have" interior decorator pieces. I've seen truly crude things sold for more than I charge for a real kayak. So when I was commissioned to make one I made one that could actually be skinned and used if required.

And here she is finished and on Loch Tay.
11/22/2016

And here she is finished and on Loch Tay.

It's been a while but here are the pictures of the construction of the Gentry designed Ruth rowing skiff.
11/22/2016

It's been a while but here are the pictures of the construction of the Gentry designed Ruth rowing skiff.

02/19/2015

We have a new project. A Gentry rowing skiff. Ruth. 18ft x 33 in. For a customer in Scotland. I'll be cutting the frames in our US facility and completing her in our UK facility. Pictures to follow.

Painted.
05/02/2014

Painted.

Desiree showing off how light this customers boat is or how strong she is. I have a bad feeling about this. I can see me...
04/24/2014

Desiree showing off how light this customers boat is or how strong she is. I have a bad feeling about this. I can see me making her another boat , starting the project an hour after she carries her own 28lb boat to the water and remembers what it was like to hold a 15lb boat.

The tale of the scale. 13.4lbs. With skin, I guess about 15.5lbs. So ladies,are you tired of lugging your 50lb boat off ...
04/17/2014

The tale of the scale. 13.4lbs. With skin, I guess about 15.5lbs. So ladies,are you tired of lugging your 50lb boat off the roof rack and down to the water? This technology can be used on almost any design. This sprint boat is 15ft long. Shorter boats will be even lighter. Drop me an email or contact me through my website and reserve your build slot.

The new style boat. By engineering a more efficient structure I've got the weight down substantially. The tale of the sc...
04/17/2014
Skin on Frame Kayaks - Unicorn Kayaks

The new style boat. By engineering a more efficient structure I've got the weight down substantially. The tale of the scale tells it all 13.4 pounds. With skin it will be less than 16lb. So ladies, tired of lugging your 50lb kayak to the water? Contact me here or better still through the contact form on my website. Www.unicornkayaks.com.

Skin on Frame kayaks at UnicornKayaks.com - We offer ultra-light Skin-on-Frame(SOF) kayaks, quick build kits, kayak building workshops

Hers the new kayak. He wants light , he gets light. Anyone want to guess the final weight of the new boat. $10 will be s...
03/30/2014

Hers the new kayak. He wants light , he gets light. Anyone want to guess the final weight of the new boat. $10 will be sent to the one who gets closest. Bear in mind that the rejected kayak is 13ft long and weighs 24lbs as pictured. This new boat is 15 ft long. And yes it is a bit labor intensive and yes those are little I beams.

Guess what, the customer didn't want this kayak. I'd forgotten he wanted 24lb max and this was headed to 27lb. So I gave...
03/30/2014

Guess what, the customer didn't want this kayak. I'd forgotten he wanted 24lb max and this was headed to 27lb. So I gave him three choices, a new kayak, money back or accept a heavier kayak. He chose the new kayak. Luckily my wife loves this boat so she gets it and I get my own boat back. She'd appropriated it as she liked it better than her original boat.

01/13/2014

It's custom built to fit a man with big feet so it'll be mostly open decked. It has to be light too so lets see what the end result is. All Western Red Cedar, ash steam bent ribs, a little pine for strength and maybe a red oak cockpit coaming. Watch these pages for more details

What have I been up to? Building a new custom kayak. Check this out
01/13/2014

What have I been up to? Building a new custom kayak. Check this out

Jill's Boat
12/02/2013

Jill's Boat

08/31/2013

Starting on a custom 13ft kayak for a customer using supplied plans. This is fun. Making new designs is nice change of pace. Think I'll offer this service more broadly.

08/31/2013

Getting some interest in the discontinued Dix kit. Just sold one and sending it to St Louis. $338 including shipping. Kit contains all the cut plywood needed to make a boat and its self jigging frame. No measuring or squaring needed. Cut your own stringers and save!

Really cool paddle built by David Reed Smith who attended my kayak building class at the MSC. no I didn't teach him this...
08/08/2013

Really cool paddle built by David Reed Smith who attended my kayak building class at the MSC. no I didn't teach him this, he's in a league of his own in wood working.

07/26/2013

Mm a new business opportunity. Just got an order for a custom kayak, built to a plan selected by the customer. Should be fun. I get to try new building methods, the customer gets a unique boat. Will be making a few changes to tailor the boat to the customers measurements. It's how kayaks were always built. Tailored to the paddlers own body size.

06/20/2013

A customer of mine is retiring from paddling and has a custom built ( by yours truly) an English for sale. Barely used as most of its life it's been hanging in a great room as art. Contact me for details.

Here's what I've been doing over the last week. It was great fun. The folks at the MSC took great care of us. Food, kaya...
06/17/2013

Here's what I've been doing over the last week. It was great fun. The folks at the MSC took great care of us. Food, kayak trips, beach combing, ecology lecture etc. that and all the backup support needed to run the kayak building course.

We had a wonderful group of participants in the Kayak building course this week. Students created their own seaworthy craft. A professional boat builder taught them all the skills needed to create their own skin-on-frame kayak. Participants selected from a 15-foot Ravenswood or 17-foot Vardo design. When not constructing their kayak, participants explored the Eastern Shore of Virginia with expert ecologists and biologists.

The end of the workshop. 5 happy students and their instructor , yours truly in his Sling Shot. From left to right. Two ...
06/17/2013

The end of the workshop. 5 happy students and their instructor , yours truly in his Sling Shot. From left to right. Two students and their Vardos. Moi. Then three students in their Ravenswoods. All were very happy with their boats and fulsome in their praise of Jeff Horton of Kudzucraft who designed them.

Carole sewing the skin onto her Ravenswood with Nicks help
06/12/2013

Carole sewing the skin onto her Ravenswood with Nicks help

Frames ready to skin
06/12/2013

Frames ready to skin

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