Waters Dancing Advantage

Building times, Costs, and Weights:
Keep in mind when you’re comparing building times, costs, and weights, that our kits include more components than other kits.  The weight listed for each model reflects the extra hardware we include for the finished product opposed to other kit providers. Our boats will take no more time to build and will be no heavier than the others (in most cases our hulls will be faster to build). Other kit manufacturers only quote building times for the basic boat. Our building times, costs, and weights include all the time and components for the finished boat, with the stitch and glue adjustable seat, hip braces, bulkheads, hatches with rubber seals, graphite, varnish, paddle park, and the deck hardware.

 World Class Components:

We use only top quality components in our kits, including BS1088 Lloyds rated okoume mahogany marine plywood (4mm, 6mm and 18mm) and epoxy with clear coating non blushing hardener.  We also use our exclusive “QuickLock System” TM Interlocking Connector System on most of our newest models.

The QuickLock System has been designed and perfected exclusively by Waters Dancing Boat Kits. This system holds a number of advantages for you as a boat builder:

It easily distinguishes the bow panels from the stern panels.

It automatically takes care of longitudinal alignment of the panels (no more string lines and measuring, no more cutting scarf joints or plywood butt blocks).

You cannot connect the wrong panels together (they won’t fit). You can’t join the pieces upside down (they won’t fit).

Joining our panels is a “snap” you save four hours or more over traditional methods, and you always get a clean, attractive joint!

You gain increased accuracy, greater strength and better shaping than with either butt blocks or scarf joints. The QuickLock System eliminates potential flat spots.

Comprehensive Manuals:

Waters Dancing manuals are exceptionally comprehensive (an average of 150 pages with 150 photographs and CAD drawings). We do not know of any other kit providers who explain the “how to” in such detail. You will also receive the an 18 page manual on understanding epoxy. Every step of construction is carefully detailed.

Our kits and manuals make it possible for the most hesitant beginner to create their own beautiful boat and join the rest of us, who love paddling in the great outdoors.

The kit:

Our kits are designed to be easier to build than other kits:

QuickLock System Interlocking Connector TM joining system - exclusive to  Waters Dancing.

Comprehensive manual with photos and helpful hints on tools, workspace, timelines and keys to success

Marine epoxy with clear coating non blushing hardener, a manual on understanding epoxy and a pump set for pre-measuring resin and hardener

Pre-cut pieces, with pre-cut marking tabs for ease of positioning and aligning bulkheads and seat

Pre-cut hatch openings and covers

Customizable cockpit

Removable seat specifically designed for comfort and customized to the contours of your body

Waters Dancing Kayak Seat

Removable stitch and glue seat is lightweight, comfortable, beautiful and strong. The seat back is adjustable with an automatic cleat attached to the back of the hip brace. (Foam shown on the seat is not included in the kit)

Here you see our adjustable/removable stitch and glue canoe seat.  It's comfortable, beautiful and functional.

The seat, marking tab for the bulkhead and QuickLock System along with other innovations are available exclusively from Waters Dancing.

Remember where you saw it first!

Kit Materials and Components:

Our kits come complete with all the CNC router pre-cut hull and deck parts which are made from 4mm BS1088 Lloyds rated marine Okoume mahogany plywood; the best quality available. We include an adjustable seat that is so comfortable that it rivals any of the production boats molded seats. We also include the fiberglass cloth, epoxy resin with clear coating non blushing hardener, bulkheads, hatches, deck hardware, paddle park, all stainless steel nuts, bolts, and washers, 2015 flagship varnish and graphite to make the bottom of your kayak wear like steel. Rubber gloves, small glue brushes, squeegee, mixing tubs and syringes are also included. We even give you the dimensions for the lengths to cut the webbing strips used to secure the hatch covers.


We grain match all the decks and hull parts. This feature significantly enhances the look of your finished boat. This matching process involves laying out and cutting all the parts in the order they will later be assembled. The benefit is that the grain pattern may run from one part to the next all the way up the side of your boat.

To further enhance your boat’s appearance, we receive our plywood from the factory by the container load. This is important because each veneer face is matched to the previous sheet so the hull often has the effect of being book matched.

These may be subtle things but they add to the overall beauty of the finished product. Consider it an extra thank you from us for choosing a Waters Dancing boat kit!

Choosing your Waters Dancing  kit:

Anuri 16:
  The Anuri 16 is a hard-chine with a modified v-shaped bottom, she carries large loads easily. A good choice for people from 5’ to 6’3” Max. load360 lbs. wearing men’s shoe size to 14 (Waterline in inches 174”)

Lightning 12TA:  Ultra maneuverability with great stability.  She turns on a dime and tracks well       for her length.  You have the option of building her as a  take-a-part or a one piece kayak.  Great           for kids up to 6’2” Max. load 250 lbs. with a men’s shoe size of up to 12. (Waterline in inches 139”)
Length of sections: bow 40 ½” center 56 ¼” stern 47 ½”.

Lightning 14:
  Designed for performance, this maneuverable craft is a great boat for those in the range of 5’1” to 6’ 3 Max. load 270 lbs. with a men’s shoe size of up to 12. (Waterline in inches 162.5”)

Lightning 17:  The L17 is a great all-round boat.  She’s fast and can carry lots of gear.  A good choice for people from 5’3” to 6’3” Max. load 340 lbs. wearing men’s shoe size to 12. The L17 is a strong tracker and turns where you want when you want (Waterline in inches 197”)

Solace 16LT:  
Though designed for smaller paddlers (5’ to 5’10”, men’s shoe size to 10) 6 footers also enjoy the speed and stability of this hull.  The Solace 16LT is sleek, fast and features a low sheer height. Max. load 270 lbs. (Waterline in inches 181”)

Solace  16XL:  
A bigger deeper version of the S16LT  (5’2” to 6’3”, 235 lbs., men’s shoe size to 15) She handles great, tracks well and turns very well.  The Solace 16XL can carry large loads and is beautiful and sleek. Max. load 320 lbs. (Waterline in inches 184”)

Solace  16EX  If speed is your thing the Solace 16EX is your boat. Amazing stability for a boat with a 22” beam. (5’ to 6’ 4”, men’s shoe size to 15) Max. load 250 lbs. (Waterline in inches 184”)  Length overall is 16’.  Building time is around 95 hours.  

Solace  17EX  If speed is your thing the Solace 17EX is your boat. Amazing stability for a boat with a 22” beam. (5’1” to 6’ 7”, men’s shoe size to 16) Max. load 325 lbs. (Waterline in inches 198 ½”)  Length overall is 17’3”.  Building time is just over 100 hours.

Solace  18EX  If speed is your thing the Solace 18EX is your boat. Amazing stability for a boat with a 22” beam. (5’4” to 6’10”, men’s shoe size to 17) Max. load 350 lbs. (Waterline in inches 208”)

Solace  18XL:  
If you like big boats you’ll love this one (5’4” to 6’10”, men’s shoe size to 17) ? She’s a Solace so performance is assured. Max. load 380 lbs. (Waterline in inches 208”)

Duet 16:  A good choice for those who want diversity.  The D16 can be paddled as a double or a single.  It has similar characteristics to those of a canoe, with greater hull speed and stability.  Larger paddlers can easily remove the front seat in order to comfortably step in or out, and have loads of leg room/carrying capacity. Max. load 420 lbs.(Waterline in inches 185”)

Trillium 21:  
Designed with those in mind who want a very light, sleek, and beautiful craft.  Can be paddled as a double, triple or solo with all the room needed to bring along the kids or the dog. Max. load 650 lbs.(Waterline in inches 237.5”)


Explorer 16:  
With a huge payload of 700 lbs. this is a great all-round canoe.  There is room for the whole family, or load all your camping gear and just go.  The explorer also paddles beautifully solo.  She is a high volume, very stable boat that is maneuverable enough for those looking for a river adventure.(Waterline in inches 178.5”)

North lakes 19:  
One of the most efficient freighter canoes ever made. (Waterline in inches 223”)


What size/type boat will I need?

Note: The size of boat is often determined by the size of the paddler. A larger paddler requires more volume to support their weight. Volume is increased by making the hull wider and/or longer. The most efficient way to increase volume is to increase the length. A long narrow hull moves easier and faster than a short wide hull. If you plan to paddle extended trips on large bodies of water or the ocean, you will want a longer kayak. You get better glide (the distance the boat will coast with a single stroke of the paddle) from a boat with a longer waterline 

About our Epoxy

Our marine epoxy has three different hardeners that are typically used in the construction of boats with a clear finish.

We highly recommend using the No-Blush hardener to achieve the longest lasting and clearest finish possible.











Less Expensive Must wash Less Expensive Must wash

No need to wash

More cost

Slight odor Clouds over time Slight odor Clouds over time

Stays clear

More odor

Sand 8 to 12 Hrs.

Requires varnishing sooner

Sand 12 to 16 Hrs.

Requires varnishing sooner

Varnish less often

Sand in-16-18 Hrs.

Works at a lower temperature. 

Marginally less strength than a slow curing hardener.

Gives a harder (more abrasion resistant) surface when mixed with graphite powder.


More material

Not as abrasion resistant as the slow hardener, when mixed with the graphite.

Thinner so it wets out cloth/wood fibers better. No-Blush hardener is more flexible than the slow or fast hardener.


The hardener we supply in the kit is the No-blush slow cure hardener. We supply this hardener because it is the best available.  Other kit providers either do not offer this option or charge extra for this level of quality.  Even though a regular slow hardener is not the recommended hardener for clear coating most kit providers offer it as their standard hardener.  Our No-Blush hardener is U.V. stabilized and a clear coating hardener recommended for "bright" (clear) finish boats. Although you still require 2015Q Flagship varnish to protect it from U.V.  We of course recommend that you use our No-Blush hardener for a clear durable finish that remains strong and flexible for generations to come.


Note: We make the slow hardener available in small quantities as a special order item.  Simply mix the slow hardener with the epoxy and add the graphite.  Useful for those who wish to have the maximum abrasion resistance on the bottom of their hull.

Review the following is the information on the available hardeners.

Fast Hardener 5:1 Ratio


The fast hardener is medium-viscosity epoxy curing agent.  It is used in a majority of situations, at lower temperatures and to produce a rapid cure that develops its physical properties quickly at room temperature.  When mixed with our epoxy resin in a five-part resin to one-part hardener ratio, the cured resin/hardener mixture yields a rigid, high-strength, moisture-resistant solid with excellent bonding and coating properties.  Not intended for clear coating.


Pot life at 72 Degrees F (22C) 10 to 15 min. Cure to a solid state 6 to 8 hours

Cure to maximum strength 1 to 4 days

Minimum recommended temp 40 F (4 C)

Pumps required 5:1 ratio 300ABC.


 Slow Hardener 5:1 Ratio


The Slow Hardener is a low -viscosity epoxy curing agent for use when extended working and cure time is needed or to provide adequate working time at higher temperatures.  When combined with our epoxy resin in a five-part resin to one-part hardener ratio, the cured resin/hardener mixture yields a rigid, high-strength, moisture-resistant solid with excellent bonding and coating properties.

Not intended for clear coating.


Pot life at 72 Degrees F (22C) 20 to 25 min. Cure to a solid state 9 to 12 hours

Cure to maximum strength 1 to 4 days

Minimum recommended temp 60 F (16 C)

Pumps required 5:1 ratio 300ABC. 

 Clear Coating No-Blush Hardener 3:1 Ratio


This hardener was especially developed for use with our resin in coating applications where an exceptionally clear, moisture-resistant, natural wood finish is desired.  Cures to a light amber color, similar to traditional spar varnishes.  

An ultraviolet inhibiting additive improves the resistance of the resin/no-blush hardener mixture to sunlight, but the cured epoxy surface will still require the additional protection of a quality UV-filtering varnish.  No-Blush is designed to self level for smooth finishes, and to wet-out and bond fabrics.  It provides good physical properties for general bonding applications.  It's also used for laminating veneers where bleed through at joints may be exposed to sunlight.


Pot life at 72 Degrees F (22 C) 22 to 30 min

Cure to solid state 12 to 18 hours

Cure to maximum strength 4 to 7 days

Minimum recommended temp 60 F (16C)

Pumps required 3:1 ratio 300ABC.

Thank you for your interest.  We hope you will give yourself the unique experience of building and paddling your own boat!