The Endeavour 17 is a sleek and comfortable wood-strip sea kayak design from Bear Mountain Boats.
The beauty of this kayak will hit you when you first set up the station moulds. It is sleek, graceful and a dream to paddle. Perfect for day trips or week long excursions, you will find the boat tracks well, goes fast and behaves itself in waves.
The sharply raked stem and well shaped forward sections will provide increasing buoyancy as the Endeavour punches into large waves. The fine run, and nearly vertical sternpost, will help ensure positive control when we are running off in a big sea (one of the scariest elements of sea kayaking). In all, this hull has a friendly and competent look to it.
Mike O'Brien, WoodenBoat Magazine
Ted Moores of Bear Mountain Boats is the author of Kayakcraft, the standard reference book for wood-strip kayak building. The book is recommended to accompany the kit or plans. It is packed with tips and techniques and has inspired countless first-time kayak builders around the world.
We manufacture our kits to the highest standard using European-grown Paulownia for the planking strips. Uniquely, the strips in our Bear Mountain Boats kits have not only a bead-and-cove profile but also a pre-cut finger joint at each end, making the neat joining of strips even easier for builders at home.
Please note that the kit does not include the box beam strongback for mounting the building forms on. You can either use a straight length of suitable timber or order the box-beam strongback we supply.
Hatches are not included as standard. There are many ways of making and fastening kayak hatches and we can supply the parts.
This strongback is made up of CNC-cut MDF panels that fit together to form a strong and stiff box beam measuring 200 mm × 200 mm and long enough to build the boat.
The plans contain sufficient information to make it possible to build the boat from scratch rather than a kit. The plans are printed in colour and include scale plans and full size drawings for all the forms.