Panache specifications; Length: 18'4" Width: 22 1/2" Weight: 35 lbs. Cockpit: 33"x 16"
Study drawing of Panache showing profile, plan and body plan views
Built from Plans
"Your directions were very easy to understand. Everything worked well with no problems. I enjoyed every minute of building it."
Thomas Templeton, Union Dale, PA
"Tigara (Norm calls his Panache) is a sweet boat, a tribute to your skill as a designer. She tracks beautifully and carries a big load..she is very easy to Eskimo roll."
Norm Sanders, Toss Head, NSW, Australia
"I am pleased to report my kayak (Panache) looks great, tracks true and has fostered a revitalization of my love for the water."
William E. Acheson, Killeen, TX
"Dear Rob Macks,
In October 2001 I launched my Panache after 300 hours of happy working. I was eager to see and feel how this beautiful design behaved in it's right element - salt water. And I wasn't disappointed, she was a joy to paddle.
As you will see from the picture she isn't fully rigged when launched, but now the deck hold - downs is on its place. I use under - deck - hatch - hold downs.
The name is "Theistungen" which means a little (child) Black Guillemot. As you understand, theist is a bird, but the kayak did not got its name after the bird. Theist is my wifes surname before we got married, and when we where young I used to call her "theistungen".
Yours sincerely (and happy builder/paddler)
I am really proud of it (Panache). The little boat handles well. The boat was very stable and took the waves like a duck. Thanks for a great design. I sure am happy with the way it turned out. It sure is a beautiful boat.
Skip Kelly, Louisiana
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