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Where to Buy Kayaks
There are people who prefer building their own things to buying them already made. Even with something like a kayak, there are those who would rather take the time and make the effort to do it themselves. In the case of building your own kayak, where to buy materials can be a bit of a problem. Kayak materials are not available at any store, nor are plans and books to help in construction. In the past, being able to find and buy materials to build your own kayak would have depended largely on where you lived. Stores that sell kayak materials are generally found in larger cities near water, especially port cities. So if you lived inland somewhere, your chances of being able to find materials were slim. Today it is still easier to buy kayak materials if you live in a maritime city, but those living anywhere can order materials over the internet. There are a number of sites selling kayak materials, as well as kayak plans. It is possible to find materials meant specifically for kayaks on many sites.
However, it is possible to buy from a local bricks and mortar store if that is your preference. Finding a store that specializes in kayak plans and materials is not likely; you will instead have to look for a store that sells materials in the general category you want. For example, if you are going to be using wood strips or pieces and epoxy to build your kayak, you can buy materials at a lumberyard. You may have to modify them slightly for your exact needs, but they will be close enough. For a kayak made with canvas or nylon, you can look for these materials at a marine supply store or even a fabric store that carries heavy-duty fabrics. Kayak plans will be harder to find; only a very specialized store will stock them. Fortunately, they are readily available over the internet no matter what kind of kayak you want to build. Those living near a coast or in a city where boats are manufactured may be able to find a local place to buy kayak materials; most will have to use the internet.
FAQ's About Kayak Building
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Building a Kayak
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