A person paddling the Spirit canoe

17′ Spirit

Kit Specifications

Length (LOA) 17'
Length (LWL) 16"
Beam (BOA) 22"
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.

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 Spirit Kit Includes:

Cedar Strip Boat Building” DVD, “Applying Fiberglass and Epoxy” DVD, Plan sheet and layout sheet, Stripbuilding Notes, and a CD of Construction Pictures.

Plans, Construction Notes, 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: $2,965.00