I started Kea Kayaks a few months after I finished building my first boat, the Chesapeake triple featured on this site. I enjoyed working on it so much that I thought I would offer my services as a builder. I am based in Edmonds, WA, in the heart of some of the best kayaking and boating in the world.
Building boats from kits
Building boats from plans
Completing partially built boats
Building Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs)
Finish work on completed boats
Restoring finish on old boats
Repair of wooden boats
We also offer custom options for any of the above services.
I charge the price of the kit/plans + wood, finishing supplies, and $30/ hour for labor plus sales tax. Depending on the cost of the kit and size of the project the final cost can be between $2900 - $5000. Contact me for an estimate of what your desired boat will cost. If you provide the kit, we will only charge for supplies and labor.
I take cash, checks, PayPal, and Visa/Mastercard.
I am also willing to negotiate a set price per project. You tell me what you want and I will quote you a final price.
I will deliver the finished boat anywhere in the Puget Sound area for no extra cost. Boats can be shipped anywhere in the US/Canada for an additional fee. A typical 18 foot kayak will cost around $1000 to ship, this includes the cost of a protective crate.
9/28/16 - I am starting a new project. I will be building a Laughing Loon Georgian Bay sea kayak. Check out the latest updates here.
8/31/16 - Make sure to stop by my booth at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, WA Sept. 9th - 11th.
4/5/16 - Come check out my booth at the Northwest Paddling Festival May 6-7 at Lake Sammamish State Park.
2/17/16 - I have started on two new projects, the Kea Kayaks Mollymawk sea kayak, and the Clearwood paddleboards Umpqua SUP. Click on the names to follow the construction progress.
1/20/16 - I am almost done with my latest project. Contact me now to have a boat ready for summer!
Below are links of companies who sell kayak and small boat kits that I can be hired to build. Please contact me if you know of other companies that offer similar products.
Chesapeake Light Craft
Newfound Woodworks Inc.
One Ocean Kayaks
Stitch and glue and cedar strip small boats and paddle boards are just as strong as production fiberglass boats. They are much lighter than plastic boats and are equivalent in weight to high end fiberglass boats. The advantages of wooden boats include, the beauty of the wood designs, easy repair, and a large variety of designs.
- Casey Wilkinson
-Phone: 360-643-0552 (9 AM to 9 PM Pacific)