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Product Description

The Wastwater is designed for people in a hurry to get out on the water.

Thanks for your helpful suggestions and please feel to use our experience to encourage other schools/groups.


The Wastwater 16 is wide and stable with a slight rocker providing a perfect compromise between good tracking and manoeuvrability. It is ideal for exploring wide rivers, canals and lakes. This is the perfect platform for bird watchers and photographers yet doubles as an easily controlled fun boat for children. It is light enough to be carried some distance to more remote waters.

The build time of this hard chined boat is approximately 12 hours (plus however long you wish to take on the painting). The Wastwater 16 is an open boat with a full height buoyant tank at each end. It can be paddled either using double ended paddles or Canadian style with single paddles. It can also be sailed. It is easily carried on the roof rack of a car.

The boat has glass fabric set in epoxy on the outside bottom of the hull to provide abrasion resistance in case it is dragged up a rocky beach. Being a light vessel this boat sails well with a sail on an unstayed mast which can be broken down and carried inside the boat when not in use. For greater flexibility the boat does not have seats but, for those who prefer not to kneel, the instructions contain detailed drawings of several types of seats that can be made.

So many customers are adopting the philosophy of “sailing when you can and paddling when you have to” that we have incorporated an extended deck and washboard in the standard boat ready for the installation of a mast. The sailing option and/or rudder can be fitted after a season or two of paddling.

The boat comes with rear coaming for comfort and with 2 screw-in watertight bulkhead hatches to allow small items to be stored in the dry.

The kit comprises:

The boat was designed by HJS and named after one of the deepest lakes in the English Lake District.

What is in a boat kit.

Pre-Build Study Manual

This is intended for pre-build study or to help with the decision to purchase. Reading this manual will help you decide whether or not you can build the boat. It is the 35 page manual that accompanies the kits. It describes all the techniques that will be used during the building and also a step by step guide to construction. Scale drawings are used throughout as well as photographs of critical jobs.

If, later, you decide to purchase the kit the cost of this printed manual will be deducted from the kit price.

This manual does not contain the plans of the panels with the cutting instructions so it is not possible to build the boat from scratch using only this manual.

PDF Version of Manual

An electronic, non paper, version of the 35 page study manual above that can be viewed only using Adobe Reader.

After credit card authorisation the file will be sent to the email address put on the order form. The file is about 467 KB and takes about 20 seconds to download on slow broadband.

Full Plans and Manual

This manual and plans give sufficient information and a licence to allow the customer to build the Wastwater 16 from scratch using self sourced materials.

Fyne Boat Kits will give advice and reassurance to anyone who is building one of these boats whether from a kit or from scratch. We do not want anyone to fail.


This option contains the solid wood and plywood components pre-cut to the correct size with pre-cut joints, plus the construction manual. It does not contain the plans (these are not required because the wood is pre-cut), any of the epoxy to glue and coat the boat, the fabric or tape nor any of the hardware.


This option contains only the non-wood items, for those building the Wastwater canoe from scratch rather than a kit. This option does not contain the plans or manual.

The Wastwater is an easy boat to build from scratch using the plans. We also offer free email or telephone advice during the build. To cut the wood allow about 6 hours. To build the boat allow about 18 hours spread over several days.