The Wood Duck 14 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 14 is a big, versatile kayak in a compact, ultralight, easy-to-build package.
The Wood Duck 10 and Wood Duck 12 have been runaway successes; kits rarely stay on the shelf here for more than a day or two. The Wood Duck 10 is a super-light, super-easy-to-use rec boat for anyone up to 200 pounds or so. The Wood Duck 12 has a bigger payload and enough waterline length to cover miles with the sea kayaks.
By having designer Eric Schade add a little more volume, however, we could help out two kinds of paddlers: those who need a really generous amount of room for comfort, or those who need the space in the cockpit for a toddler or---more commonly---a big dog. The Wood Duck 14 is also an amazing platform for serious fishing. Again, the cockpit is absolutely voluminous.
Because of its size, we don't recommend the Wood Duck 14 for paddlers under 200 pounds unless there is also a need for the extra-long cockpit opening. We'd suggest a rudder for lighter paddlers. The Wood Duck 14 is ideal for all conditions, from placid narrow creeks to open bays.
The amount of cockpit volume indicated a need for watertight bulkheads both fore and aft, so those are standard in the kit to make it easier to self-rescue. Flush deck hatches are also standard in the kit.
The Wood Duck Hybrid’s hull is identical to the standard Wood Duck’s, with computer-cut BS 1088 Okoume panels assembled with “puzzle joints” so it goes together very, very quickly. Computer-cut molds are set into the hull with temporary hot glue. These molds shape and support the deck during construction. With the kit we include a mixture of dark and medium color western red cedar strips, plus white cedar strips for light accents. The strips are milled with a “bead and cove” joint so that one slides into the next for perfect joinery. While we offer suggested patterns, each builder can develop their own unique strip deck design as they assemble their kit. Run riot with your creativity! Almost anything is possible. Parquet decks, anyone?
Once the deck pattern has been established and glued together, the entire deck is gently taken off the hull and the underside fiberglassed. The molds are removed from the hull, then the deck epoxied back in place. Finally, the top of the strip deck is fiberglassed and the cockpit and hatches are added.
Build this boat if:
- You need a gigantic but not excessively long kayak.
- You need a kayak that can carry a small child or a big dog in the cockpit.
- You need a versatile and commodious fishing platform.
- Ease of construction is important
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