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Professional Boat Designs for Amateur Builders

Professional Designs from an Avid Boater

Nick Schade started Guillemot Kayaks in 1993 to share his high performance small boat designs to other avid boaters. Nick spends most of his free time messing about in small boats in the Atlantic ocean around New England.

He teaches boat building at the WoodenBoat School and has a popular YouTube Channel on Boatbuilding and Kayaking.

These are the most complete and detailed plans available anywhere. Please compare what you find here relative to other sources. You will be impressed with the quality of these designs and the thoroughness of the plans.

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Featured Design

Nick's Night Heron design is featured in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art, but you can build one yourself.

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Full Sized Boat Plans

Note: We sell digital plans in PDF or DXF format. The plans include full-sized drawings of the parts and forms needed to build the boat, as such they are best printed on a large format printer.

If you do not have access to a large format printer, visit where we sell full-size hard copy of all these plans printed and ready to use. You may also try printing these by "tiling" using your own printer and taping together the large pages.

If you intend to cut the pieces with a CNC machine, you should be able to get the needed tool paths from the PDF versions.