DIY Cardboard Kayak – 13 ft

Download the plans for a Cardboard Kayak – 13 ft (4 meters)


2 – 4×8 sheets of cardboard

2 – rolls of clear packing tape

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This design, by Roy Hildestad, is based on the dimensions and structure of the Khufu Solar Ship.

The Khufu Ship had a sewn plank hull with 3 main sections as shown in this drawing by Dr. Paul Lipke.



  • Nancy Jenkins – The boat beneath the pyramid: King Cheops’ royal ship (1980) ISBN 0-03-057061-1
  • Paul Lipke – The royal ship of Cheops: a retrospective account of the discovery, restoration and reconstruction. Based on interviews with Hag Ahmed Youssef Moustafa(Oxford: B.A.R., 1984) ISBN 0-86054-293-9
  • Björn Landström – Ships of the Pharaohs: 4000 Years of Egyptian Shipbuilding(Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1970) Library of Congress Catalog Card number 73-133207