Ganymede is a recreational kayak that is very easy to build yet sophisticated in form. Designer Nick Schade wanted a boat that would be easy and comfortable for a novice paddler, but responsive and fun for experienced kayakers.
It has a simple 3-panel hull selected as the simplest basis for flotation, a 2-panel peaked fore-deck to shed water and a flat back deck. This creates a raked cockpit that provides easy entry without being too big. The result is a cute little boat with character.
This is a versatile design. As a stable, easy to paddle comfortable kayak, it is ideally suited for easy paddling trips in calm bays, ponds and rivers, yet for the more adventurous it could make a fun rough water and surf play boat that carves down waves and turns quickly. It is narrow enough for smaller paddlers to use comfortably – this means it is not going to be a super-stable boat, but it will have plenty of stability for most paddlers, while not being slow like many fatter recreational boats.
There is also a child-sized version of this kayak, called Io.
Plans for Ganymede are available for free download from Nick Schade's website, but we also offer full-size printed plans. These plans and manual contain sufficient information on the cutting of the panels to make it possible to build the boat from scratch rather than a kit. The plans include full size drawings.
The plans include lines for three different deck heights so you can create a roomy boat with the capacity for a large burly paddler, or build it smaller for children or petite women.
This option contains the plywood components pre-cut to the correct size with pre-cut joints. It also contains the manual. It does not contain any of the epoxy to glue and coat the boat, the fabric or tape nor any of the hardware or rigging.