When I built the Petrel "Play" SG several years ago, I really wanted to build the strip built version. I just couldn't fit the build into my schedule. I finally got a customer to order one, so now I have the plans and I still want to build one for myself.
The Petrel Play fits in a cross-over space between recreational kayaks and sea kayaks. It is stable and roomy enough for novice paddlers and those who enjoy relaxing paddles in sheltered water. It is also responsive and sea worthy enough to go out in rough open water to surf or play in tide races.
The hull of the Petrel Play is has a moderate "V" to flattish bottom with a rounded chine forward transitioning to a hard chine aft, giving it a very solid stability while allowing easy leaning for carved turns. The kayak is full in the bow with plenty of buoyancy to rise over waves. With a lot of rocker the Petrel Play is easier to turn when exploring tight spots, but has nice balanced tracking for venturing off shore.
This is an all around fun boat to paddle. Beginners and novices will feel comfortable with the stability. It has a nice roomy cockpit but experienced paddlers will find solid surfaces for their knees and thighs to grip while playing out in rough stuff. The transitioning chine allows a skilled paddler "point-and-shoot" instinctive turning with just a slight lean.
Included in the Plans:
- Nine 24" x 36" [61cm x 91cm] Drawing Pages including: An overall drawing, a full size "stacked" form drawing showing all the forms and then all the forms drawn individually and at full size. Also included are templates for the cockpit and coaming recess parts.
- Kayak Building Notes: These notes provide supplemental information such as bill of materials for each design.
- Building Strip Planked Boats - This book covers the whole strip building process and goes into details such as how the cockpit recess is installed.
- I have documented the whole build of this design in my series: Making the Petrel Play.