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Laker 15.5
Laker 15.5

Laker 15.5

This is a longer version of our Laker 13.

This kayak is designed to be very simple and economical kayak to build yet perform nicely for recreational paddling or light touring. Except for the deck, the hull is symmetrical (same shape forward and aft) which will save on build time and material. There are no sharp panel bends or twists, making it easier to build a straight and true hull.

The Laker would an excellent choice for youth groups looking to build their own fleet of boats. Contact us if you'd like to build multiple hulls from the same set of plans.

The plans incorporates several options such as sealed or open bulkheads, an integrated seat platform, hatches, rounded bow and stern stem to slide easily over underwater obstacles, and more. All these options in an easy-to-build format.


Overall Length

4.7 m

Cockpit Size

20" x 40"
.5m x 1m
Max. Beam
.67 m
Height at bow/max/stern
28/38/28 cm
Recommended total weight on board
185-325 lbs
84-148 k
Estimated weight*
40-55 lbs.
18-25 k.

*Weight of hull: Hull weight will depend on chosen build options and skill of the builder. Complete details, including lightweight build options, are in included in the Bill of Materials. We recommend you purchase and read the plans before purchasing materials.

(shown above is our Laker 13)

Always wear your Personal Floatation Device!

Bill of Materials


3-4 sheets total

Epoxy Resin (With 15% waste factor)

1.7 gallons (6.4 L)

Fiberglass Tape: 63 yards (58 M)
Wood Flour 2 quart (2 L)
This BOM is for a basic hull. Click here all build options and a downloadable BOM.

Cost to build range from about $250 for a basic hull to $600 for an ultra tough, precision CNC machined, version.

Review our kits to compare how costs meet your desires. The Laker Kayak is easy enough for a beginner builder to draw and cut them selves. A builder who chooses to draw and cut out all the panels by hand can save around $240 over the cost of CNC kit.

However, if you want the best materials and they are not available in your local area, then the precut kit might be worth considering.


The hull will required about 45-60 hours to complete. You can save about 4-8 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.

A careful first time builder could build this kayak with good results.

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 and highly detailed building manual for this boat. 48 pages in all!
  • Bill Of Materials.

Price: $57.00

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