The Solo microBootlegger is a roomy yet efficient strip-planked kayak or decked canoe for relaxed paddling and exploration.
Based on the popular microBootlegger tandem kayak design, the solo microBootlegger retains the elegant look of a 1920's mahogany runabout. This is a roomy boat with a large cockpit. It is stable and comfortable with room to move around yet long and narrow enough to be an efficient boat to paddle all day in. While meant for relaxing paddling in sheltered harbours, more adventurous paddlers may want to build it with a smaller keyhole cockpit to make a capable rock garden play boat.
The designer, Nick Schade, built his prototype with mahogany strips to fit with the look of the old runabouts, but built in cedar strips its handsome lines result in a refined looking vessel.
Schade has also designed a pair of racing sea kayaks based on the bootlegger designs. The Mystery Bootlegger is a fast solo touring sea kayak optimised for maximum efficiency at race pace and the Yukon Racing Kayak is an endurance racing sea kayak designed for paddling long distances with minimum effort.
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. We can also supply paulownia strips.
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, 345 m of bead-and-cove cedar strips will be needed for the microBootlegger.