The Wood Duck 12 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 12 Hybrid is a recreational kayak designed for people of all shapes and sizes to enjoy on the water. With a big cockpit and ample stability, the emphasis is on comfort. But these boats really paddle well! Speed is excellent: a Wood Duck 12 can cover a lot of miles in a day, while tracking is solid in stiff crosswinds.
Build this boat if:
- You need a stable, comfortable kayak with a beautiful cedar-strip deck
- You need a kayak that fits nearly all sizes
- You want speed AND stability in one kayak
- Ease of construction is important
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