Selkie Kayaks is a small independent workshop in Newhaven (East Sussex) making high quality wood and composite sea kayaks for stock and to order.
Our focus is on kayaks inspired by and copied from original West Greenland hunting boats made and used by Inuit. Along with other Arctic boats these craft form the bedrock of all modern sea kayak designs today.
We also repair and restore kayaks and other boats made from wood, composites and some polyethylene's, along with custom plug and mold making.
Our kayaks are meticulously hand made using a variety of traditional and modern techniques including steam bending, composite resin lay ups and glue lam veneer forming. The materials we use include timber, plywood, veneers, epoxy and vinyl resins, fabric and sinews.
Our skin on frame boats can be made using re-cycled timber (up to 80% ), although lead times on these boats are longer. All our building frames, moulds and strongbacks use re-claimed material, we endeavor to re-purpose suitable marine timber whenever possible. We don't use vacuum bagging or resin infusion techniques due to the high amount of single use plastic needed on each boat.
Trial paddles can be arranged for customers wanting a ready made kayak. We also offer advice and trial paddles for prospective home builders wanting to select the right project.
Go to the Kayaks section to see what's currently available now, or contact us to discuss what your looking for.
We will occasionally run workshops and provide tuition and guidance for home builders when not too busy.
We have over 20 years experience constructing and repairing wood and composite boats and expect the craft we make to give lasting pleasure for many decades if properly maintained.
We hold a small amount of paddle craft for hire down here at the beach, for people wanting to explore various options before buying their own boat, these include inflatable kayaks, sit on tops, and paddle boards (all priced at £10 per hour per person). We also hire a variety of 'sit in' sea kayaks to people holding BCU level 2 or above proficiency (contact us for availability and price).
If you want to find out more about sea kayaking generally and Greenland's awesome legacy of kayak development www.kayarchy.co.uk is a great wealth of info on the subjects.
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