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 Paulownia 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 yellow cedar 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, 520 m of bead-and-cove cedar strips will be needed to build the Guillemot Double from plans.