Hi. I'm new to the group. I should mention that I have built several
kayaks and a canoe: a cedar strip kayak, two skin on frame kayaks, a
cedar strip 8' canoe and a "tortured plywood" sailing canoe. I have
absolutely no need for all of these but I just love building them! My
favorite paddling one is the 14' baidarka skin on frame. However last
year I was going down the highway when it was very windy. A huge semi
blew past going at least 70 (narrow two lane road) and took both skin
on frames and the car top carrier air borne. Damage to the car, the
carrier destroyed and boats damaged. I repaired the boats but they
just are the same so I would like to build another.
I must say the canoe looks appealing. At 68 that darned baidarka is
getting awfully hard to climb into!! :)
Now! My question. After paddling kayaks I never liked double paddling
the plywood canoe because the gunwales are so high. It has never been
comfortable having to hold the paddle so high so as not to scrape the
sides. For those of you that have the Arrow 14, is this a problem? How
would you compare paddling it to a kayak?
Thanks for the info. I am looking at all the past posts as I have time.