Thanks for the comments. I have to say the building process itself was quite rewarding, I
hated to finish the boat. I have only had it out once, but will be taking a longer trip in it
this Sunday and will let you know. I am pleased with the initial performance, its only 14
feet long, but all 14 feet are in the water, so with the keel I think turning will be the issue,
not tracking. The stability seems fine, but I want to see how it handles in a chop or a bit of
cross-wind. Would I load it and take it camping? Maybe. I am a big guy, 240 lbs. Capacity
for the boat is 300 lbs, so not a lot of extra freeboard, but I would certainly throw in my
daypack and hammock for a paddle out to one of the islands near my home.
More after a longer paddle.
--- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com, "bubba" <clbooth3@...> wrote:
> The pics are awesome! Been following your build from the sidelines,
> catching the new pics when you post, it all seems to have turned out
> well. I am planning on building my first boat this summer...... cant
> By the way...... how does it handle? Tipsy/stable/soso? Would you be
> comfortably loading it up with camping gear? Tracking ok? I would
> imagine that at 14' it probably does track well. Currently I hava a
> 9' kayak...... tracking...... ummm not so much! but stable as they
> Anyways congrats on getting the thing to the water~!