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Freedom 15 Strip Deck
Freedom Kayak 15 Study Plans



Freedom 15 - Strip Deck

This is the same hull as our orginal Freedom 15 plywood kayak. The deck is constructed using the wood strip method of building. Wood strip boat building involves assembling thin strips of wood around a set of stations/forms. It is different than stitch and glue building in that the stations primarily dictate the shape of the hull rather then the precut shape of the wood. The process is slower and requires more effort. For a Freedom hull built completely from wood strips, see our Strip Freedom 15.

Building a hybrid hull of plywood and wood strips is a good way to get an introduction to wood strip building without having to spend the time stripping out the entire hull.

The Freedom Kayak is ideal to paddle in calm to moderately windy and/or choppy conditions, for camping trips up to 5 days, casual paddling, recreational fishing, etc.

Below is a picture of the wood strip Freedom 15. The strip-decked Freedom deck will look the same.


The hull is very stable and will be comfortable for a novice paddler to relax and stroke with ease. More advanced paddlers will be pleased with its speed and efficiency. Generous flare will help slice through waves and reduce rocking motion. While the Freedom is not an outright touring kayak, it is much faster than wide, plastic recreational kayaks.


Overall Length


Suggested Cockpit Opening

22" x 46"
.6m x 1.2m
Max. Beam
71 cm
Height at bow/mid/stern
35.5/28/28 cm
Recommended total weight on board
150-350 lbs
68-159 k
Estimated weight*
45-55 lbs.
20-25 k.

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



Always wear your Personal Floatation Device!

Bill of Materials

Deck (additional material will be needed for the main hull)

Cockpit Perimeter

114" [2.9 m]

Wood Strips: 1/4" x 3/4" x 16'4 [6mm x 19mm x 4.7m]

Beveled edge: 43. B&C: 52



Cost for the strips will depend on if you make the strips yourself ($40-$60) or if you buy them precut ($100-$200).


The strip deck option will required an additional 10-15 hours to complete. 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/glue to cure.

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

A careful first time builder could build this kayak with good results.
Plans Packing List:
  • A set of FULL SCALE (1:1) set of patterns as shown below. The patterns for the stations are provided individually so you can cut out and glue to the plywood selected for the stations using spray adhesive.

  • Any specific notes for this design.
  • Bill Of Materials.
  • When possible, patterns are shipped rolled up in a tube and are not folded. There are only a few remote international locations we cannot ship the tube to. In this case the plans will be folded.

PLEASE NOTE: We do NOT provide assembly instructions for the wood strip process because there are many well written books about wood strip boat building. With his permission, we recommend books written by Nick Schade on the subject. Perform a web search to find various sources his books.

Price: $35.00

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