Comfortable and stable Tandem touring kayak
Reliance tandem wood touring kayak plans
Reliance wood strip tandem kayak plans
Wood Strip Reliance Kayak by Tony Estrada
Wooden Reliance Tandem Kayak by Bob Baird

This boat has a comfortable feel to it. The length gives an incredibly calm unhurried impression even when the boat is moving at top speed. The beam of 28.5" provides room for cargo and gives a stability that makes kayaking in any weather comfortable. Moderate flare above the waterline will increase the stability as the boat heels. Two water tight compartments with access only by deck hatches provide enough flotation to keep the boat afloat in the event of a capsize.

It says it in the name, this is a reliable boat that will serve you well crossing a lake or venturing to an offshore island. It is comfortable, stable and efficient.

Included in the Plans:

  • Six 24" x 36" [61cm x 91cm] Drawing Pages including: An overall drawing, a full size form or mold station drawings showing all the sectional forms and the end/stem forms. One half of each mold station is provided. You will trace one side on your form material and then flip over the pattern and trace the other side. Patterns for the cockpit and hatches included.
  • Building a Fine Wood Strip Kayak: This 33 page illustrated booklet was written by Ted Moores for his classes at WoodenBoat School. It describes his process for building a wood strip kayak.

Recommended Manual:

  • KayakCraft - Ted Moore's in depth book on building fine wood strip kayak. It provides all the information you need to build a kayak using the Bear Mountain Boats method.

Designed by Steve Killing for Bear Mountain Boats.

Body Plan Drawing
Reliance tandem touring kayak body plan
Profile Drawing
Reliance tandem touring kayak profile
Plan (Top View) Drawing
Reliance tandem touring kayak plan


Beginner Small Paddler Average Paddler Large Paddler Extended Tour Fishing Lakes and Rivers Open Water Racing Surf


Length Ft Beam In Beam Gunnel (in) Waterline Length Ft Waterline Beam In Design Displacement Lbs Draft In Waterplane Area Sq Ft Wetted Area Sq Ft Surface Area Sq Ft Volume Cu Ft
20.67 28.50 28.50 19.40 27.60 500.00 4.80 27.90 32.80 79.00 24.90

Secondary Measurements

Prismatic Coefficient Block Coef Midship Area Coefficient Waterplane Area Coefficient Lateral Plane Coef Sinkage Moments to change trim 1 inch Righting Moment at 1 degree Vertical Center of Gravity above DWL
0.56 0.46 0.81 0.63 0.96 145.00 137.60 11.88 5.20

Stability Curves

Predicted Drag