Sea Kayaking with Shawn Baker

(The animated Eskimo roll is by Nick Schade)
Kayak Instruction

I am a ACA certified Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructor in Kalispell, Montana. Please contact me if you are interested in lessons--private, individual, group, or dealer/staff training. Basic strokes, advanced strokes and maneuvering, navigation, rolling, rough water, Greenland kayaking--what skills would you like to challenge and develop in a controlled, safe environment?

Kayak Building

My brother Dan and I built a pair of Chesapeake 17 stitch & glue sea kayaks in 1998. It's a fun boat to paddle, but I wanted something with less initial stability, better maneuverability, and better handling in waves.

I built a Guillemot, designed by Nick Schade in early 2000, and love this boat! I modified the original design by stretching it to 18', and I added an inch of height to the deck near the cockpit for more foot room. In retrospect, the additional height was bad. The length is wonderful!

My current project is a Squeedunk Kayaks Cormorant with a stripped deck.  It should be launched in December, 2002, 2 years to the month after cutting the original panels.

Click here to see our Chesapeake 17 building journal

Click here to see my Guillemot 18 building journal
 

Click here to see my Cormorant 16 building journal

My Pages
  • BBS Participant Links
  • My review of the Chesapeake 17
  • NEW! The Selkie Remodel
  • Trip Reports
  • PVC Bilge Pumps
  • Custom Fiberglass Seats
  • Carved Wooden Knee Hooks
  • Ultrex Drytops
  • Sprayskirts
  • Paddle Building
  • Wood Compass Mount
  • Links to Kayak Sites
  • GuillemotDirectory
  • University of Sea Kayaking
  • Guillemot Kayaks - Nick Schade
  • Shearwater Kayaks - Eric Schade
  • Redfish Kayaks - Joe Greenley
  • Laughing Loon Kayaks - Rob Macks
  • Outer Island - Jay Babina
  • Sea Spirit - Bobby Curtis
  • Chesapeake Light Craft - Chris Kulczycki
  • Benner Boat/Action Fish Kayaks - Eric Lazo
  • Pygmy Boats - John Lockwood

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