Build a Folding Kayak Plans

These Popular Mechanics plans are for a folding, portable kayak.

IT'S NOT FAST, it's not roomy and you won't find many practical uses for such an outlandish craft.

In fact, this center-folding kayak has only one feature to recommend it—it's fun. It's also inexpensive so you can afford to make one for every member of your family. And you can tote a whole fleet on top of your car.

Construction is unorthodox. Instead of using screws, nails or other common fasteners, you "tape" the boat together with canvas and contact cement. No metal parts are required.

Built according to the specifications included here, the kayak will weigh only about 40 lbs. and will accommodate an average-sized man. However, so long as the correct proportions are maintained, you can shrink the dimensions to turn out a midget version or increase them slightly to gain a little more leg room when you build the kayak.

Don't take on the whitewater with this little kayak, but do take on the fun!

Folding Kayak Plans