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01-01-2002 12:42 PM
SeaKayaker Roop,

Thanks.

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My dream boat is a CLC, I just don't have the time to assemble one.
Well, it did take me quite a bit of time (I started when school got out, in early June, and finished in early August, but I did not keep track of hours), but considering that I had no boatbuilding experience nor had I ever worked with epoxy or fiberglass, it was not that difficult and turned out beautifully. The biggest project I did on my own before the boat was probably making a surf rod, and yet I did not find anything in construction very difficult.

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How does yours handle beaching, draggin over rocky sand, etc...?
Well, I am much more careful with a wooden boat than with the plastic ones, but it is holding up well. I have not had anything go through my fiberglass, and I have hit some rocks and beached her on rocks. I varnished the entire boat (the wood is beautiful), although varnish is not as durable as paint. Despite this, the varnish has held up well, although there are a few scratches.

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Why did you choose the North Bay XL?
I wanted a boat capable of covering water quickly (wooden kayaks are known for speed), and the North Bay XL is over eighteen feet long and twenty-two inches wide. In other words, she is a pretty fast boat. I usually paddle in a narrow lake across the street from our house that is about seven miles long, making for a nice fourteen-mile round trip paddle. With the North Bay XL, I can do that in under four hours (at an easy pace, if I paddle hard, I can do it in 2 hours and 45 minutes). Before I built my kayak, I had a ClearWater Designs St. Lawrence, a fifteen-foot, five-inch long, twenty-four-inch wide kayak and so I felt comfortable with a twenty-two inch beam. The North Bay is also suited to open water, and I live relatively near the lower Potomac. I find the twenty-two inch beam enough for fishing, although I generally prefer wading (it is more suited to sight fishing, which I like). Finally, the North Bay is a beautiful boat, based on the West Greenland skin boats.
I have some pictures of my boat at Webshots.

School starts again tomorrow (and midterms are coming up), so I will be busy and may not be able to respond quickly to you.
01-01-2002 10:42 AM
Roop SK,

Welcome

My dream boat is a CLC, I just don't have the time to assemble one.

How does yours handle beaching, draggin over rocky sand, etc...?

Why did you choose the North Bay XL?

Roop
12-31-2001 04:48 PM
SeaKayaker Chesapeake Light Craft (www.clcboats.com) carries wooden kayaks (and other small boats), kits, and plans. Of special intrest could be their sail rig that hooks onto kayaks and not only provides a sail but also two pontoons that should make a kayak extremely stable.

I built their North Bay XL over last summer and have been delighted with it.
12-31-2001 11:04 AM
Penguin
....also....

www.heritagekayaks.com
www.kiwikayak.com
www.paddling.net
12-31-2001 10:34 AM
Adrian
a couple more....

Feathercraft ( http://www.feathercraft.com)
Cobra Kayaks (http://www.cobrakayaks.com)
12-31-2001 07:48 AM
Roop
Yak Mfg. Links

For those who haven't found them yet.
Boreal Design (http://www.borealdesign.com/)
Kajak-Sport (http://www.gokajaksport.com)
Dagger (http://www.dagger.com)
Eddyline (http://www.eddyline.com/)
Impex (http://www.impexkayak.com)
Lincoln (http://www.canoesandkayaks.com)
Necky (http://www.necky.com/)
Ocean Kayak (http://www.oceankayak.com)
Old Town (http://www.otccanoe.com/kayak_design.html)
P & H (http://www.phseakayaks.com)
Wilderness Systems (http://www.wildernesssystems.com)
Walden Sports (http://www.waldenkayak.com)
Prijon (http://www.wildnet.com)

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