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South Wind 15-30
South Wind 15-30

South Wind 15-30

Our South Wind 15-30 falls somewhere in between a canoe and kayak. The hull is larger than that of a typical kayak allowing room for paddling comfort and to haul more gear. The deck helps protect against rougher conditions while the large, open cockpit allows for easier access to gear and easy mounting/dismounting of the canoe. A decked canoe can also be portaged like a traditional canoe.

Decked Canoe

The 15-30 version is shorter and slightly wider version South Wind 17-9. The 15-30 is intended mostly as a solo boat with a very wide and open cockpit that can serve as a tandem for shorter trips with an adult or slightly longer adventures with a child or favorite canine companion. The 15-30 will be easier to assemble and fit better in most workshops and garages.

decked canoe

The South Wind can be paddled with a single blade canoe paddle or double blade kayak paddle. The hull cross section below the waterline will favor speed and efficiency over stability. While at rest, the hull will not be as stable as a wider canoe. However, a paddler kneeling or sitting 4-5" [10-13 cm] off the hull bottom will have comfort and confidence in handling choppy water conditions and with little fear of capsizing.

cross section


Overall Length


Max. Beam

Cockpit Size
90" x 21"
2.3m x .53m
Height at bow/mid/stern
13"/13.5 "/10.5"
Rocker bow/stern
1.5" / 1"
3.8 / 2.5 cm
Recommended weight on board
150 lbs - 450 lbs
68k - 204k
Estimated weight*
40 - 55 lbs.
18- 25 k.

*Weight of hull: Hull weight will depend on skill of the builder and chosen build materials. Achieving the lowest overall weight will require the best materials and a highly skilled builder.

Material Build List


4 sheets

Epoxy Resin (With 15% waste factor)

2.5 gallons

Fiberglass Cloth: 17 yards
Wood Flour 2 quarts

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 $240 plus shipping 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. See our list of trusted suppliers.

For marine grade plywood, price will be about $200 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.

When comparing the cost of this decked canoe kit to boat kits from other companies, please keep in mind this canoe is much bigger than a solo touring kayak. If you would like to make a reasonable comparison, compare this decked canoe to tandem kayak and be sure to factor in shipping costs.


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 70-85 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: $69.00

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