Wood Duck 12


An Extraordinary Kayak

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Slipstream Watercraft

Discover Ultra-light Paddling

From The Foothills Of

The Adirondack Mountains

In Northern New York

518.423.8827

email:  slipstreamwatercraft@gmail.com

Absolutely unique in appearance, design and performance!  AND you’ll be able to load it on your vehicle without help.


If a single kayak has the ability to do it all, the Wood Duck 12 is it.  Touring, fishing, photography, camping . . . stable, quick, comfortable with a roomy cockpit . . . tracks well and responds nicely to steering strokes.


The Wood Duck 12 is an outstanding design for the novice yet it rewards skillful paddlers with exceptional performance.  Many paddlers “grow out” of a design that doesn’t respond to their increases in skill -- the Wood Duck is a design that paddlers of all levels will enjoy “growing into”.

A perky bow and stern contribute to the sublime good looks: an attractive shear line.  While extremely seaworthy, the Wood Duck makes for great paddling in any venue . . . mountain lakes and streams, open ocean and tidal estuaries.


The Wood Duck boasts significant storage capacity via an optional large watertight aft hatch.


Several seating options insure a glove-like fit as well as the comfort and security of your favorite easy-chair.


We dare you to test paddle the Wood Duck!

Length:  12’

Beam:  30”


Weight & Cost:

Kevlar - 27 lbs - $1,999

Hybrid - 22 lbs - $2,399

Carbon - 19 lbs - $2,549









This shows the Hybrid laminate -- the black is carbon, the gold is kevlar.  Together they appear almost green -- sorry, can’t explain that.  The carbon laminate is pure black.


Color:  see Color Chart page

   for selections.  We do not use

   gelcoat.  While gelcoat does

   provide good color and some

   protection from scratching,

   we believe the added weight

   is not worth the slight in-

   crease in protection.  We

   pigment the resin which pro-

   vides excellent UV protection

   and carries the color com-

   pletely through the laminate.


Seating: “Comfort Connection”

   seating is crucial to paddling

   any boat . . . especially a kayak!

   Day-long excursions require

   total comfort but it doesn’t

   stop there.  Connection to the

   boat is equally important.  We

   all have a different shaped

   derriere and we require

   subjective choices.


   Options include foam pads,

   adjustable backstraps, thickly

   padded seats with integrated

   backrests and more.


   The Options & Outfitting page

   will help in your selection.

A word from John C Harris of Chesapeake Light Craft

“We of Chesapeake Light Craft were thrilled at the opportunity to create a composite Wood Duck 12.  In converting one of our best-selling kayak kits of all time from stitch-and-glue to composite construction, we had to proceed with caution, as the Wood Duck’s delightful handling qualities had to be preserved at any cost.  We think the result captures all of the Wood Duck’s spunky good looks and efficient handling, and throws in a few fresh tweaks that are only possible in a mold-built hull.  For example, we gave the hull a more prominent “skeg” in the stern for stronger tracking.  We also introduced a touch of convexity into the hull sections to lower wetted surface and allow a stiffer-yet-lighter hull.  We don’t think the Slipstream Watercraft Wood Duck 12 gives up a bit of the plywood original’s charm, and may in fact add to it.”

                                                    John C Harris, CLC Boats

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Wood Duck 12

While this photo is of a Wood Duck 12 constructed from marine plywood ala CLC Boats, Slipstream offers the design in kevlar, hybrid & carbon.