Setting up the workshop.

I built a platform out of saw horses, 2 X 12s, and a couple of sheets of plywood, and made sure that it was flat and level.

The kayak you see on the floor is a Pygmy, Arctic Tern. I bought her used at Portland Kayak Company and I loved her from the minute I first paddled her. There were two drawbacks for me with this kayak: One was that this Arctic Tern is a 17 foot touring kayak, built to haul a person and everything else including the kitchen sink. I really wanted a smaller “play” boat. And two, she was built by someone else. They did a fine job, but I saw things right away that I knew I would do differently (to put it as tactfully as I can). Also, every time I took her out on the water people would tell me what a beautiful kayak she is, and ask me if I built her, and it stung a little to have to tell them that I hadn’t. I knew after my first paddle that I was going to have to build my own or I’d never be able to look myself in the mirror.

And so it begins…

Pygmy Boats in Port Townsend, Washington

This week my wife and I drove to Port Townsend, Washington, the home of Pygmy Boats. We were there to decide if the original Pygmy Ronan would fit me, and if so, to buy the kit. So started my kayak building adventure.

Mr. John Lockwood. Owner and designer of Pygmy Boats.