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This kayak is suitable for bigger paddlers, or small/average sized paddlers looking for more initial stability and maneuverability. NoName is very fun and comfortable to paddle. It is a multi chine "stitch and glue" hull, which gives a nicely contoured shape with a smooth, sharp entry, nearly eliptical mid-section with plenty of room and slick stern. It has very good Initial stablility and a comforable secondary stablilty. It is fast and responsive and gives a very smooth ride.

Plans still can be downloaded from here, but you can visit yaKayak new site and download from there new or improved version of plans. New site is still under active development, but free plans are available for download.


I live in the beach. I wanted to buy a kayak ready. But desafil to build fascinated me. Thank you for providing this very interesting project.

Thanks Marcos!

This site is amazing!! I have been working with wood for years and decided to build the shorty as my first kayak. It was so fun, I built a second and am now working on my first Noname! Will post pictures soon!!

Thanks Jeff! Send me some pictures from building process or finished kayaks and i'll put them in gallery

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Hi I want to build the NoName or the Shorty The problem with the NoName is that it’s a little bit to big for my building space I was wondering if it’s possible to downscale the plans for the NoName whit +/- 10% So the overall length will be 4.7 m instead of 5,2 m Has somebody done this and what would be the consequence on floating and paddling ? If this is not advisable then I will build the shorty but I like the shape of the NoName more and I think the performance of the NoName for longer trips is better.

Hi Marc, Sorry for late response! Here is a very good explanation to all your questions

what size paper are plans intended to be printed on for full size patterns

You can print plans from Acrobat Reader (pdf file) on any paper format if you use overlaps and cross marks. There is such option in Acrobat Reader. Of course, printing on a4 format will be big pain in the ass, be cause of too many sheets to put together later. Bigger paper size will decrease the amount of sheets and work. The other option is to print on A0 or A1 endless paper on a roll, but you have to cut pieces from jpg file with some graphic editor and place them in a new file with coresponding width. A0 is 841 mm (33.1 inches) and A1 is 594 mm (23.4 inches) You just have to be sure that everything is in 1:1 scale (use square 10x10 on every new file for this) And use non-water based glue later to avoid stretches when transfer on plywood.

Hey amazing resource.

When I import the .dxf file the size for S3 is 54.22'' x 23.19''. Is this correct or am I missing some scaling issue? B3 comes in at 196.67''. Please tell me what size to scale this to. Thank you.

You can control this by squares. They should be 10x10 cm. In general - i've exported plans in dxf format in 1 to 1 scale. But when you import them in some other program it may depends on that program if scale is changed. Just check squares dimensions.

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Hi! Thanks for sharing this wonderful project! I'd like to build this kayak but I have no experience in building boats. I recently discovered the stitch and glue method, and it seems easy enough to convince me to start this project (before today I thought that there was only the strips method, which scared me for the complexity). I would like to ask you a question: how can I connect different pieces of plywood to get a panel long enough for your project? Excuse me if I'm asking something stupid but I really have no experience with that.

Hi Stefano, On youtube you'll find a lot of information about that You can use scarf joints on plywood. Here is pretty good explanation and of course you can use power tools (planer and sander) instead these - Or butt joints - You can look at all videos there - it will be much easyer for you like a first time builder Or if you use puzzle style plans it won't be neccessary to pre-join plywood panels. you can check also this discussion And of course - check links that i've put in "Links" section

Hello cool site.

Hi fantastic site.

I couldn't replay to your e-mail, there is some error. That's why I replayng here, hope you will see it: Hi Dan, actualy, every project have a version for cnc cut with puzzle joints. That's how NoName and Tattoo are build in Brazil and England already. You can check photos and videos from Freedomkayaks on facebook here NoName is named Fulmar there. Also, some very good reviews there about how they behave in water. You just need to generate g-code from dwg files, this can be done easily when you send files to the shop. Cheers, Jordan  

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Hi good article.

Hi,everyone, i red all comment,but i could not cut the project as a a0 or a1, i dont understand, if anyone make the cutting, may share please, thanks for your attention

Is it just me or is there something wrong with the sizes in the dwg and dxf files?? I measure the length of part B1 to be more that 12m

Is It possible to put the measurements for parts S1-4 and tmp1-4 into the offset file? I can not print the PDF and can't find the measurements anywhere.

When the pdf plans are viewed at 100% (full size) I find the measurements are larger than those taken direct from the offsets. Compare, for example, the S1 bulkhead on pdf @ 100% with the offset dimensions. I expand the pdf plans to 91.82% rather than 100%, and the offsets and pdf dimensions then tally exactly...

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Hi, Would like to find out how the layout on the 2440x1220(mirrored sheets) should fit together. t1 - t6 & b1-b3. What ever I do I cannot figure out how these all fit on 1 sheet which is then mirrored for the 2 sides of the kayak. your files Noname10cm.pdf and Plansnoname.pdf don't seem to give the positions on the mirrored sheets? I want to have these cut by a CNC company here in Cape town and they need more info. Appologies if I'm not understanding completely. Any assistance would be appreciated. Thank you Daniel Rademan

Hey good article.

How to print this in correct sice, when tray on a rollerprinter we get size 5.06 meter in lengt ad widest 52 cm.Håpe for fast replay.

How to print this in correct size. When tray toprint out inrollerprinter we get L 5.06 meter and widest bulkhead 52 cm. Håpe for fast replay.

How to print this out in correct size? When tray to print out we get L 5.06 meter and widest bulkhead 52 cm.

Please, chek update in download section. Use new pdf's for print on a1 paper format  without fit to page, shrink, or any other option for scalling except NONE in Acrobat print settings.


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