Model: Length: Hull Weight: Beam: Max Payload: Cockpit Size: Paddler Weight: Knee Height: Max. Men's Shoe Size:
Shearwater 17 17' 0" 44 lbs. 22 in. 270 lbs. 31" x 16-3/8" 150 - 220 lbs. 12" 12.50
see other Shearwaters 14 14 Hybrid 16 16 Hybrid 17 17 Hybrid Double
Shearwater 17 Configurations:
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Standard Configurations:
Complete Kit
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Alternative Configurations:

Wood Parts Only Kit
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Plans & Manual Only
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Manual Only
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Study Plans - Emailed PDF
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Additional Components:

Guillemot Retractable Skeg Kit
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Materials List for Plans Builders:
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Build this boat if:

  • You weigh less than 220lbs and your shoe size is 12 or less
  • You want a sporty, West Greenland-style kayak
  • You prefer advanced handling qualities in all conditions, including waves
  • You want a closer-fitting cockpit (like a bucket seat in a sports car)

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