I’ve been working on a new packraft design for some time now, incorporating several improvements over the current V2 kits, including tougher floor material, easier construction, more sizes, and better performance.
I might shut down the current V2 kit option in the online shop until the V3 is ready for production so I can devote more time to it and get it ready sooner.
For now, the new V3 packrafts will only be available as kits – not plans – because it’s come to my attention that someone who purchased plans is now charging money for people to make packrafts with them.
Some of the new instructions may be password protected too, because someone else has been copying my website and videos, passing the ideas off as his own.
I don’t lose sleep over this kind of stuff, but it is annoying. Every penny earned through the sale of plans, kits, and supplies has been reinvested to offer the best possible products in the shop, and I’ve taken on considerable personal debt besides. Maybe one day DIY Packraft will turn a profit, but for now I’m just a guy tinkering in his basement – your support is what makes this project possible.
On that note, my thanks go to everyone who has purchased something through the shop or liked DIY Packraft on social media. Special thanks go to Bruce at the Folk School in Fairbanks, Alaska – he’s been totally open with me and I fully support his DIY Packraft-making workshops.
Now that the people who are trying to profit from information I give away for free have been suitably shamed, here’s a link to the pre-order page for the “deluxe” V3 kits, which include a seat kit, inflation bag, and top-up valve in addition to the packraft kit itself. I’ll be adding more information to that page soon.