CNC Kayaks – Home of the Shrike and Vember Kayaks

Christopher and Nick Crowhurst, CNC Kayaks, supply free plans to build sea kayaks. The kayak designs are derived from the kayaks of West Greenland, and, in particular, the Disko Bay kayak preserved in the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa. We aim to design beautiful and lightweight wooden sea kayaks for construction by those with limited tools, time, facilities and experience of woodworking. The designs are adaptable to your requirements for hull size and cockpit dimensions.

We offer free full-size plans for our two distinct families of sea kayak design, from specialist rolling craft to expedition kayaks. The Shrike family is stitch-and- glue, and the Vember family is wood-strip. To learn more and download the comprehensive Build Manuals and plans, click on the images below.

In the first ten years of this project over 13,000 copies have been downloaded, and over 500 kayaks have been constucted in 54 countries, which means approximately one Shrike or Vember kayak launched per week somewhere in the world. Join the ever growing family of kayak builder and paddlers by downloading the plans today,

So responsive to every command and correction
– I love this boat.
Paul Krysik

If I had to pick just one boat, this would be it
– the expedition version of Vember.
Damian Walker