Two years on from building a Guillemot Kayaks Night Heron stitch and glue I’ve just purchased plans for a Bjorn Thomasson Black Pearl. The Night Heron is a great kayak that’s very quick in the water but I just enjoyed the building side too much so I’ve decided to try building a strip kayak. Rather than go with something closer to the Night Heron I decided to go down a slightly different path:
- As light as possible – means small or low volume
- Doesn’t need speed – the Night Heron fulfils that requirement for me
- Play boat – I’ve taken up canoe polo so I want the most manuverable sea kayak experience I can get – something that will respond to hip/torso movement.
I think the Black Pearl will do this but the proof will be in the pudding. You don’t just order this off the book – the plans are custom printed to your height, arm span and hip measurements.
I’ll update the blog as I go. It will take awhile – no rush as I have an existing kayak already.