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Build Your Own Kayak with a Kayak Kit

Building Your Own Kayak has suddenly become easy with Kayak Kits from ‘Made Kayaks’

What is included and what are they?

The Kayak Kits from Made Kayaks allow you to build your own high-quality kayak without hassle or guesswork. All the wooden Frame parts are included and pre-cut from high-end sustainable Baltic Birch plywood. Ballistic Nylon Skin and Polyurethane coating from the Skin Boat Store, the best choice for long-lasting strength/durability, are supplied as part of the kit. Also included are the Deck Straps, Stainless Steel Screws, and parts needed to hold the frame in position while building. Detailed and illustrated instructions come with every kit, and we are even working on some instructional videos to make it that much easier.

These boats offer you the opportunity to experience building your own skin on frame kayak. There are currently two models available: a youth size and an adult size. Imagine spending a few weekends with your son or daughter, or even your grandchild, building their first kayak together. The lightweight materials make these boats a dream both on and off the water. Imagine being able to easily lift your own kayak on and off your vehicle and in and out of the water on your own.

Designed and created on Gabriola Island, Made Kayaks is a locally owned and operated Canadain company with innovative ideas and high-quality craftsmanship. Ocean River Sports is proud to be the sole retailer of these amazing kayaks. Are you ready to build your own kayak?


Looking down the inside of the Squid Youth Sized Kayak

The Squid youth kayak kit

The model currently being carried in the store is called the Squid and is the perfect kayak for a youth paddler or a paddler under 5feet and 110lb. The kayak itself is 12 feet long and 23lbs/10kg. The great thing about this kit is that almost anyone can build it with a few simple tools and a bit of time and patience. Order it online from the online store and get it before the summer paddling starts.


The completed Squid Kayak


Adult Sized Kayak Kit

Available to order from the online store now. Order your kit and build through the winter seasons in time for spring and summer paddling.

adult sized build your own kayak kit

The Adult Sized skin on frame kayak kit

For more information or to order your kayak kit, contact Made Kayaks


3 Responses to “Build Your Own Kayak with a Kayak Kit”

  1. Alcwyn George says:

    Is there a larger model in the future?

  2. Gregor Hagmann says:

    Dear ocean River staff

    Still I am looking for a complete kit. Where and how do I find and buy one?
    Thanks a lot for an answer

    • Stephanie Brown says:

      Gregor, we will be getting the adult size in the new year in the store for purchase.
      As for the children’s size, you can actually buy it online on our online store under the brand Made Kayaks. It is called the Squid.

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Located in Victoria, British Columbia on beautiful Vancouver Island, Ocean River is one of the premier speciality kayak and adventure companies in North America. Brian Henry, the founder & current owner, has been running Ocean River since 1981, and Ocean River continues to be recognised as one of the most significant outdoor/paddlesports instructional & tours provider in North America.

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