Thanks for stopping by, and thanks to Pygmy Boats for linking to this blog. I hope you find something in it that is useful or interesting (or both).

This post is “pinned” to the top of the blog. The real content is below. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask in the comments below and I will happily answer as soon as I get a chance.

About this build and my goals: When I bought my kayak kit, my goal was to build a better performing, more beautiful kayak than I could otherwise buy. I received my kit on November 4, 2019, and started the actual construction of my kayak on November 10th, working in the evenings and on weekends, as time allowed. I finished construction on April 28, 2020. I think I have achieved my goal.

In this blog I document the order of the construction steps to build my kayak and describe how those steps went for me. That said, this blog is not a “how to” blog. Since this is my first attempt at anything like this, I hope that some of the things that went well for me might encourage someone who is apprehensive about a process in their own build. I also hope that by describing the steps that were challenging for me as a first-time builder, and why, I might make those steps a little easier for someone else.

All photos on this blog are protected by a Creative Commons license and cannot be used for commercial purposes without permission. Pygmy Boats has permission to use any part of this blog, including photographs, for whatever uses they see fit. I have not been compensated in any way by Pygmy Boats, or any other manufacturer or vendor whose products I have used in the construction of this kayak. If you want to use any of my photos for any reason please ask.


4 thoughts on “Thanks for stopping by, and thanks to Pygmy Boats for linking to this blog. I hope you find something in it that is useful or interesting (or both).

  1. Hi K.D, I’ve enjoyed your blog quite a bit and wanted to say thanks for posting this! Your boat looks great. I wish I had seen it a few months ago, some of your experiences/techniques would have been very useful. Interestingly, we’re on almost exactly the same timeline with our boats. I started in October and just applied my last coat of varnish an hour ago. Just need to put on the deck rigging and perimeter lines on and I’ll have a finished Pinguino! I’m looking forward to how yours looks when it’s done.


    • Hi Seth!
      Thanks for taking a look at my build process and for taking the time to leave a comment. As I have mentioned on the blog more than once, this is my first attempt at building a kayak, and while the Pygmy instructions are/were very thorough, most of the materials and processes required to build the kayak were new to me. So, as I’m sure is the case with most Pygmy builders, I was learning as I went along. Some parts went great, some were more challenging. It has all been rewarding, but I have to admit I will be a happy camper when I am done. My first coat of varnish will go on this week, and I figure that it will take me a week or two to get the four coats of varnish on, then a day to get the deck rigging on. Then I’m out paddling!
      Anyway, Thanks again for stopping by!
      Happy paddling!


  2. Your boat looks great! Unfortunately, Pygmy is out of business just as discovered them. Probably unlikely but any interest in selling your boat? Mike


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