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Cape Fear SOT
Cape Fear SOT

Cape Fear - Sit On Top

Nestled midway between New York and Florida along the southeastern coast of North Carolina, the Cape Fear Coast is a place of uncommon beauty and a nautical legacy that spans centuries.

Our Cape Fear Sit On Top kayak was the first generation of our Sit On Top plans. The hull is exactly the same as our Cape Fear Sit-Inside version of plans.

A Sit On Top kayak provides many features that paddlers enjoy. The hull is self bailing so if water is taken on, it quickly drains out. This feature makes the hull very safe since one doesn't have to worry about rolling, escaping from a spray skirt, or how to bail water out of the cockpit.

Please Note: While SOT kayaks are very safe, they are no substitue for learning proper paddling skills, a PDF, or good judgement.

The design leaves plenty of room for customization. A variety of hatches, rod holders, and storage are possible.

While the Sit On Top version of the Cape Fear is easily assembled, we highly recommend building at least one other small boat first. What you'll learn will save on hull weight and material cost.


Overall Length


Max. Beam

Heights: Bow, Mid, Stern
14", 12", 12"
36, 31, 31cm
Estimated weight* using 3/16" (4 mm) Okoume plywood
50-65 lbs.
29.5 k.
Recommended weight on board.
130 - 500 lbs
59 - 227 k

*Weight of hull: Hull weight will depend on skill of the builder and chosen build materials.

Material Build List

Plywood: 5 sheets
Epoxy Resin (With 15% waste factor) 2 Gallons
Fiberglass Tape, 6 ounce65 yards
Wood Flour 2 quarts

*Additional material for fairing will be required. Material type and amount will vary depending on builders' taste and skill level.

Click here for a downloadable Bill of Materials. To open this file in a separate window, right-click and then choose "open in new window". You will need the free version Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this file.

-Click here for info about purchasing epoxy and fiberglass.

-We also off a precut plywood kit for this model. Click here for info.


For epoxy and fiberglass, starting price will be about $400 delivered in the United States depending on the brand and vendor you choose. This doesn't include items such as varnish, brushes, rollers, mixing sticks, gloves, etc.

For marine grade plywood, price will be about $250 if you pick it up yourself. Delivery cost of full sheets of plywood is expensive. Please compare our pre-cut plywood kit price if you are considering having plywood delivered. Our precut kit price may be cheaper than what you'll pay for the full sheets and delivery.

A builder who chooses to draw and cut out all the panels manually can save around $400 over the cost of CNC cut kit. However, drawing and cutting the multiple panels on this design will be time consuming and there will be a risk of error.


Please Note: This is a multi-paneled hull and will require significantly more effort to assemble than some of our other designs. If you're a first-time builder, we highly recommend you consider completing a simpler project first. What you learn on the first project will allow you to build a better, lighter second project.

The hull will required about 80-95 hours to complete. You can save about 10-15 hours with a precut kit. These times are rough estimates and will vary according to the skill of the builder. Please note these are "hands on" hours and do not include the time waiting for epoxy to cure.


Visit our Customer Service Forum to ask questions or see what others are saying about this design.

Plans Packing List:
  • Simple to follow, detailed drawings of each part with all dimensions required to layout and cut from flat plywood sheets.
  • Nesting drawings for the best plywood layout with all panels clearly labeled.
  • Drawings list
    • Plan and Profile
    • Nesting
    • Panel Drawings on A size paper (11" x 17")
    • Frames and Bulkheads
    • Quality Assurance Drawings
  • Specific building manual for this boat.
  • Bill Of Materials.

- All dimensions are shown in metric and U.S. Standard units.

Always wear your Personal Floatation Device!

Price: $62.00

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