12′ 8″ EXCURSION by Newfound Woodworks

12′ 8″ Excursion

Kit Specifications

Length (LOA) 12.'8"
Length (LWL) 12.28"
Beam (BOA) 25.25"
Beam (BWL) 24.13"
Weight 35 lbs.
Displacement (Capacity) 250 lbs.
Draft (at Capacity) 4.33"
Foredeck Depth 12.95"
Depth at Bow 12.99"

The Excursion is a beautiful, lightweight kayak designed to be used in a recreational setting such as day trips on inland lakes and quiet water. It is a stable, predictable handing kayak suitable for all ages and abilities. The large cockpit opening provides a great deal of comfort when left open, but can also accept our largest spray skirt for paddling in foul weather or sheltered ocean coves. This kit can also be modified to have a smaller cockpit opening and includes fore and aft bulkheads.

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 2×4 box beam strongback is reduced from approximately 8-10 hours to 1 ½ – 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.

About Our Kits

All of our kits are created as we get orders. Please email us (info@newfound.com) 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.

The Excursion Kit Includes:

Plans, Construction Notes, a CD of Construction Pictures, CNC cut forms with Ladder LOC strongback system, cedar strips, stem materials, sheer clamps, coaming ring, seat/backband, footbraces, deckline material, bulkheads, fiberglass, epoxy, application supplies, and varnish.

All mold forms now include Clamping Grooves for Stapleless Construction.

E-mail us with your complete address and the design you are interested in and we will quote shipping and packaging costs.


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 our own instructional “Kayak Stripbuilding Booklet”.

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    Designer: Hans Friedel
    Pre-Kit Price: $65.00 | Buy Pre-Kit
    Kit Price: $2,695.00