The Spirit

The Spirit

The Spirit Canoe Diagrams
Length (LOA) 17.06'
Length (LWL) 16.06"
Beam (BOA) 22-3/16"
Beam (BWL) 21-5/8"
Weight 43 lbs.
Displacement (Capacity) 275 lbs
Draft (at Capacity) 4.34"
Foredeck Depth 12.66"
Depth at Bow 12.90"

The Newfound Woodworks' fastest kayak, 17' The Spirit, is a dream to paddle. If you are looking for a touring kayak that will get you from point A to point B and everywhere in between in the shortest amount of time, look no further! The Spirit's 22" beam and fine entry results in a very responsive boat, but it should be noted that this design still has a high degree of stability and will not punish the paddler who makes the slightest mistake. Even so, this design is best suited for the intermediate to advanced paddler.

The Newfound Ladder-LOC Strongback

The Newfound Ladder-LOC Strongback is a new method for assembling the forms of a kayak onto the strongback, or, backbone of a cedar strip kayak. Following the guidelines of the assembly system, the amount of time to construct and assemble a Newfound Ladder-LOC versus a traditional 2x4 box beam strongback is reduced from approximately 8-10 hours to 1 ? - 2 hours, greatly simplifying the process and eliminating a large amount of error. The Newfound Ladder-LOC Strongback is comprised of forms and brackets manufactured from Medium-Density Fiberboard. These forms and brackets are interlocked and when fully assembled, provide a stable building platform for a strip built kayak.

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About Our Kits

All of our kits are created as we get orders. Please email us ( with your name, address, telephone number, and shipping address (if different) and we will email a quote that includes packaging and shipping costs. A "kit" can include everything or just certain items. If you just want strips, email us with the pertinent name and address, the design you are building and we will email a quote. We mill all of our strips here at our facility in New Hampshire to the highest standards after air drying the cedar. If you pick up at our shop, of course there is no shipping charge. We will shrink wrap your materials so that they are impervious to the weather. A kit can be picked up with a vehicle that you would normally use to transport your canoe or kayak.

What is in a kit?


If you haven't built a stripper before and aren't sure about the process, you may want to get a Pre-Kit first. This includes our "Cedar Strip Building" DVD, "Applying Fiberglassing" DVD, and the book, "The Strip Built Sea Kayak".

Kayak Pre-Kit

Kayak Plans

Materials & Tools


  • Cockpit covers
  • Spray skirts
  • Rudder
  • Compass

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