The Mill Creek is a sea kayak with a cockpit so large that it is almost an open boat: An open boat with a huge volume of buoyancy.
So much easier to build than I expected.
Ever since 1997 when WoodenBoat Magazine featured the Mill Creek 13 in a two-issue spread the Mill Creek models have been built in the thousands. They look good are easy to build and, even though they are more stable than most kayaks, the Mill Creeks offer good speed and handling that you will never get tired of.
The Mill Creek was designed as a wider, shorter, and more stable alternative to the typical sea kayak. It offers the stability sought by nature photographers, fishermen and bird watchers. Mahogany trim on cockpits and rails, cambered decks and contoured slatted seats add elegance whilst the fibre glassed 6mm bottom panel will absorb years of groundings in shoal water.
These versatile boats are true high-performance boats. That is, if high performance is defined as comfort, good handling, rewarding speed, stability and classic good looks. Originally drawn as stable and compact complement to the more traditional sea kayaks, the Mill Creeks have found fans among paddlers of all skill levels because they offer so much boat in such a light and easy-to-manage package.
The Mill Creek's multi-chine hull and relatively long waterline give a surprising turn of speed. Both sizes track solidly even in big seas and strong winds.
The Mill Creek echoes the feel of 1920's double paddle canoes. Combining the stability and comfortable seating of a canoe with the light weight and decked-in security of a kayak, the Mill Creek is perfect for photography, fishing, ornithology, or just relaxed paddling.
The boats come with traditional slatted seats but an upgrade is available which replaces them with a luxury seat and backband for less than the standard price. They are not as pretty as the traditional seats but more comfortable for long distance work. The Mill Creek 16.5 has two seats. The seats are available separately but will save you money if purchased as an upgrade to the kit. Just add the kit to your basket and the upgrade will be offered to you at the checkout.
Like all of the Mill Creeks, the 13 is surprisingly fast thanks to her efficient 5-panel multichine hull and feather-light 40lb weight. The cockpit is 54″ long to allow easy entry and exit while the high coaming ensures a fairly dry cockpit even without a spray deck. The Mill Creek 13 is light and easy to carry on a roof rack whilst still providing enough capacity for camping gear.
The Mill Creek 16.5 will carry two adults together with camping gear but is still light enough to be paddled by one. It is hugely popular since it can be fitted with a sailing system or a drop-in rowing unit or, if you want excitement, we have a kit for outriggers that are attached with clips and which turns it into a fast trimaran. Several customers have fitted little electric motors and one has installed a pedal power unit. There is enough capacity for camping gear (with optional deck hatches) and the boat can be trimmed by sliding the seats fore and aft on their mounts.
The 13 and 16.5 make wonderful sailing boats, sailing well with a standing or balanced lug sail.
This is intended for pre-build study or to help with the decision to purchase. This is the comprehensive manual that accompanies the kit; reading it will help you decide whether or not you can build the boat. It describes all of the techniques that will be used during the build 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 manual will be deducted from the kit price.
The manual does not contain the cutting instructions so it is not possible to build the boat from scratch using only this.
These are the plans and manual that accompany the kit. They contain sufficient information on the cutting of the panels to make it possible to build the boat from scratch rather than a kit.
These study plans are intended to give you an overview of the construction of the boat. They are in PDF format that can be viewed using Adobe Reader. There are two pages and they measure 279 × 216 mm (11″ × 8½″). They can be printed for carrying around.
After credit card authorisation the plans will be sent to the email address put on the order form.
When you have studied the plans, your next step might be to order the printed instruction manual, which will walk you through the project step-by-step.
This option contains only the pre-cut plywood and solid wood components plus the plans and manual. It does not contain any of the epoxy to glue and coat the boat, the fabric or tape nor any of the hardware.
This option contains the non-wood items needed to build the boat. This option does not contain the plans or manual.