Selkie Kayaks is a small independent workshop in Newhaven (E.Sussex) making high quality wood strip, ply, skin on frame and composite sea kayaks for stock and order. We also produce cnc cut Boat Kits and usefull fittings for the home builder.
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 modern sea kayak designs today.
We also repair and restore kayaks, other small boats made from wood or composites and offer epoxy glass ‘hull only’ or mould rental options.
All 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 new and reclaimed timber, plywood, veneers, epoxy resins, technical fabrics and sinews.
Skin on frame boats can be made using re-cycled timber (up to 80% ), lead times on these boats are longer ! All our building frames, temporary moulds and strongbacks use re-claimed material, we endeavor to re-purpose suitable marine timber whenever possible. All composites are hand lay up.
Go to the Kayaks section to see what's currently available now, or contact us to discuss what your looking for.
We occasionally run ‘build your own’ workshops for the stitch and glue cnc Shrike kit.
With over 20 years experience constructing and repairing wood and composite boats, we expect the craft made here to last for many decades when properly maintained.
We have demos of most kayak types including traditional skin on frame ! Trial paddles can be arranged for people wanting a ready made boat.
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 place to start and a wealth of info on the subjects.
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