The Guillemot Double design is an adaptation of Schade's successful Guillemot design to a tandem kayak. It is a roomy, stable and comfortable boat. Schade drew the stern to easily accept a rudder but it is not required. The cockpits are quite far apart, permitting the paddlers to be out of sync. There is room for a hatch between the cockpits. This is a good two person kayak for beginner to intermediate paddlers. Speed-oriented paddlers who want a tandem should look at the Great Auk Double or Guillemot Fast Double.
The large, deep cockpits make this boat very comfortable and secure. It has good volume for a dry ride and room to move your legs around. There is plenty of capacity for multi-day trips, especially if you install a centre hatch.
We supply roughly two-thirds red cedar strips and one-third yellow cedar strips as standard but if you have a particular pattern in mind, we can provide a different ratio if you contact us before ordering.
The plans contain sufficient information to make it possible to build the boat from scratch rather than a kit. They include full size drawings for all the forms. We recommend Nick Schade's book, The Strip-Built Sea Kayak, which covers the techniques that are used to build strip-planked kayaks.
For those wanting to obtain the other materials needed to build the boat from other sources, this option contains the pre-cut forms and strongback and the necessary plans to build the boat. The cedar strips are not included (see below).
As well as the plans, forms and strongback, 520 m of bead-and-cove cedar strips will be needed to build the Guillemot Double from plans.