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Queen Charlotte 19 kayak plans and kit

Queen Charlotte 19.


19' LENGTH * 24" BEAM * 12" DEPTH * 43 LBS.

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Queen Charlotte Std. Review, in Sea Kayaker Magazine Dec. 1994

'Light-weight and beautiful, the Queen Charlotte is a fun maneuverable play boat for surf, but with adequate speed for touring...beginning paddlers should find it quite comfortable, while more advanced paddlers should enjoy the performance getting up on edge."


Queen Charlotte 19:
John designed the Queen Charlotte-19' for expedition kayaking. Many of us dream of taking 2 months to paddle British Columbia's Barclay Sound, or head south to Baja's Sea of Cortez, or explore Southeast Alaska's indented coastline. Home builders have paddled QC-19's on all these adventures, plus innumerable more. Her beam is 24", just like the QC-standard. At 19' she has 2 more feet of storage space and waterline length. The QC-19' weighs 43 lb. and will carry 200 pounds of gear.

Large Paddlers The QC-19' fits large paddlers. Men and women 6' and taller, gain more stability from her long waterline, yet keep a trim 24" beam for excellent speed. Long legs have plenty of space to stretch without sacrificing gear space. Another consideration in ensuring a good fit for full days of paddling is shoe size. Under a men's size 11, you have plenty of space to wear paddling sandals--even sailing boots. Those with size 11 and 12 need to wear wet suit booties to optimize their space. Many paddlers with size 12 and up prefer the extra space of the Borealis XL our Coho Hi or our Arctic Tern Hi.


Elegant Lines Some people choose to build the Queen Charlotte-19' because they like her long, graceful lines. Of course, a 19' boat has a lengthy waterline. This translates into speed when the kayak is paddled hard. She's the fastest of the Queen Charlottes at racing pace.





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Queen Charlotte 19 Specs:
Beam…… 24”
Weight….. 43lbs
Cockpit…. 17"x33"
*Initial stability……9.60"
Carrying capacity (……14.74
**Standard cruising speed……22.02
Loaded waterline length……16.70'
***Top cruising speed……5.68 mph
Available as kit…… Yes
Available as plans…… No

*The transverse Metacenter, in inches, is a measure of a kayak's initial stability. A higher number is more stable. All single kayaks computed with same weight person.
Kayak cruising speed is proportional to the boat's wetted surface, which is the area of frictional drag of the water on the hull, here expressed in sq. ft.
***90% of theoretical hull speed (THS) in mph. A boat's theoretical hull speed is a function of square root of its loaded waterline length (LWL). at approximately 80% to 90% of its hull speed a kayak will start to produce a bow wake longer than its LWL and the effort required to continue acceleration rapidly increases




Queen Charlotte Features:
Hull type… Hard-chine
Deck type…Queen Charlotte flat deck
Best used for… Kayak touring, Day paddling, Surfing, Leaned turns
Paddler experience level… Beginner to advanced
Shoe size….Up to men’s 12 (depending on shoe and personal comfort)
Cockpit size…17”x33"


Inside your Pygmy kit:

  • Precision pre-cut BS-1088 Okoume plywood panels (all 4mm)
  • Cockpit coamings
  • 2.5 Gallons Epoxy
  • 40 feet of 6 oz fiberglass cloth
  • Fiberglass tape
  • Wire
  • Squeegee
  • Dental syringes
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Wood flour
  • Calibrated Pumps
  • Stirring sticks
  • Steel push pins
  • Temporary frames
  • 2-part seat
  • Keeper's® footbraces
  • Illustrated construction manual


We usually ship "Medium" hardener with our kits.  You may order "Slow" for hot climates or "Fast" for cold climates upon request. Read the System Three Epoxy Book to help select the appropriate epoxy and hardener for you. If you would like a copy of the Epoxy Book, click here to download. We also stock System Three’s Silver Tip Epoxy and offer this as an option in our boat kits for an additional charge.  Note: Silver Tip Resin can only ship via Ground Service and is not eligible for shipments to Alaska

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