Model: Length: Hull Weight: Beam: Max Payload: Cockpit Size: Paddler Weight: Sail Area:
Mill Creek 16.5 Hybrid 16' 6" 62 lbs. 33 in. 450 lbs. 88" x 21" 230 - 400 lbs. 39 sq ft.

Other Mill Creeks Mill Creek 13 Mill Creek 16.5

Mill Creek 16.5 Hybrid Configurations:
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Standard Configurations:
Complete Kit
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Alternative Configurations:

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

Sail Component Kit w/o Sail
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Sail - Tanbark
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Sail - White
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The Mill Creek 16.5 Hybrid differs from the original in that a cedar-strip deck is substituted for the standard okoume plywood deck.  It's a "hybrid" because it combines a stitch-and-glue hull with a cedar-strip deck.

We've been seeing Mill Creeks with cedar strip decks for years as skilled builders made the substitution.  We've always admired the results, and when our colleague John Peck built a Mill Creek 16.5 this way himself, we digitized the patterns for the deck molds and made the "hybrid" option available to everyone.

The Mill Creek Hybrid’s hull is identical to the standard Mill Creek’s, with computer-cut BS 1088 Okoume panels that go together 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 50% Western Red and 50% Alaskan Yellow cedar strips.  The strips are milled with a “bead and cove” joint so that one slides into the next for perfect joinery.  

The Mill Creek 16.5 Hybrid is a little more challenging to build than the standard model but will reward the patient builder with a unique heirloom kayak. 

Both Mill Creek 16.5 models share the same enormously versatile hull and cockpit. Not only can you paddle it as a single or a double, but you can sail it or even add a sliding seat unit to create an ocean shell. The Mill Creek 16.5's stability will reassure the most nervous paddlers, while the low freeboard and lightweight yield better speed and handling in wind than the average canoe. There's enough capacity for camping gear (with optional deck hatches), and the boat can be easily trimmed by sliding the standard seats fore and aft on their mounts.

The Mill Creek 16.5 can also become a great sliding-seat rower with our Drop-in Rowing Unit installed. Check out the installation drawings.

See Assembling a Mill Creek for a series of images showing how to build the standard Mill Creek. 

Read what Water Craft Magazine said about the Mill Creek 16.5  in a review in their Nov/Dec 2001 issue. 

Our strip-built and hybrid kits ship with 50% Western Red and 50% Alaskan Yellow cedar bead & cove strips. Photos on our website and printed materials may show patterns and accent strips with walnut or other materials. Optional walnut strips are available and can be shipped with kit orders

Build this boat if:

  • You need the most versatility in a single kayak
  • You need to paddle either with one or two people aboard
  • You need flexible seating for families or pets

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