Shipshape Boatbuilding

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Underfall Yard, Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6XG
Unnamed Road England BS1 6XQ GB


Commission a beautiful, bespoke, skin-on-frame boat.

Or learn to build your own on my kayak & canoe-building courses.


Skin-on-frame boats are extremely strong and comfortable; your boat will be completely bespoke to you and combine traditional frame construction with the best modern materials.

I teach skin-on-frame kayak- & canoe-building courses from my workshop at the historic Underfall Boatyard in Bristol, and various locations around the UK.

Choose from different type of boat

Kayaks: Choose to build a traditional West Greenland, Baidarka or the modern Cape Falcon F1.

Open canoes: Build one to fit your size and intended use (from a super-light 11ft single-seater, to a larger 16-foot expedition canoe, able to take 2 adults and kids/camping gear). All canoes can be modified to take a sail.

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