|Bob and paddler. Happy Birthday (10 months later).|
Here's Vaclav's description of the kayak. I heartily agree.
This is a kid's first dream kayak with serious grown up performance that they will not so easily outgrow. At mere 28lb it is just about the lightest kayak of it's type available, even lighter than genuine racing kayaks. It was designed with great care to inherit all the nice tracking, efficiency and stability behavior from its parent design the Cirrus. The Cirrus SLT could also be the ideal craft in which to introduce your youngster to the joys of paddling in nature and perhaps even some practical woodworking skills in your shop; definitely a memorable building experience for both kids and the "adults". The size of the kayak makes building possible in the smallest of shops and garages. Even shop teachers and Scouts now have a kayak that is basically dedicated for paddlers from 88 to 145lb and under 5'6"in height.
I'll have to say that this site has all the performance data you could possibly want. The rolled plans could not have been better for a scratch build. The full-sized paper templates worked great. We scored the plywood with a utility knife, cut close to the mark with the jig saw, and made the final trimming with a small hand plane. The stitched panels were dead on. Aside from that, the boat's rolled deck and Pettit Ocean Blue paint look great.
Some construction photos follow here:
|Hull wired in cradle with molds.|
|Close up of deck. Copper wire and hot melt stitches.|
|Test fit to the user.|
|Taped edges for clean glass trimming.|
|Set up for epoxy end pour.|
|Passed a couple crewed shells.|
|We skirted the south shore in the shade.|
|My homemade dolly.|
Also ordered some stickers for the name plate.
I loved the grin on my boy as he rolled along. We're looking forward to some overnight trekking this Fall. Heck, I may have trouble keeping up with this water bug!