The Wood Duck 10 Hybrid substitutes cedar strips for the standard plywood deck, while the stitch-and-glue hull and underbody is identical to the standard version. Thus it's a "hybrid" of a strip-planking and stitch-and-glue building techniques. Wood Duck Hybrids offer builders with more woodworking skill the opportunity to customize their kayaks with creative strip patterns and designs. As a curious historical note, "hybrid" as a term describing a plywood kayak with a cedar-stripped deck actually predates the rise of of the hybrid automobile. We still get a lot of email wondering if the Wood Duck Hybrids are electric-powered (they are not).
The Wood Duck 10 is a beautiful, easy-to-use recreational kayak. With a big cockpit and ample stability, the emphasis is on comfort. But the Wood Duck 10 really paddles well! Ultralight and easy to manage on shore, the Wood Duck 10 is a great point-and-shoot paddler, substantial enough to handle choppy conditions but perfect for idling into quiet marshes.
Compact, easy-to-launch boats like the Wood Ducks just seem to get used the most. In a tenth of the time it takes to launch a heavy boat on a trailer or drag the big canoe down the lawn, you can slide one of these little kayaks into the water and be on your way. Keep your Wood Duck on top of the car, ready to toss into all the interesting creeks in your county.
Build this boat if:
- You want an ultra-versatile recreational kayak with a beautiful cedar-strip deck
- You need an extremely light, easy-to-carry, compact kayak
- You need a kayak usable both by adults and children
- Ease of construction is important
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