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Fine Art That Floats

Fine Art That Floats
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“Boats are designed to work best in the waters of the designer,” says boatbuilder Nick Schade. “The coastline from Long Island Sound all the way up the coast of Maine is wonderful paddling.” Our favorite for these waters is his 18-foot Night Heron kayak. It handles well in rough water such as wind chop and boat wake. Nick’s strip-built method of constructing the boats accentuates the grain of the wood and creates an artful pattern. Custom-built boats ($5,000-$20,000) by his business, Guillemot Kayaks, of Glastonbury, Connecticut, are typically made of Western red cedar, which has a beautiful color and is lightweight (the Night Heron weighs only 42 pounds). Do-it-yourself kits — complete with wood, forms, and plans — are offered by Newfound Woodworks in Bristol, New Hampshire (603-744-6872; for $1,500 to $2,200. 860-659-8847.

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