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Re: buying a used clc 14
Posted by terry on Feb 15, 2005
Well, you don't want to see significant black stains/rot in the wood, major damage nor major gaps in the sheer or other joints. Excessive deterioration (yellowing) of unpainted/unvarnished epoxy is a no-buy also.
Most home-made hulls are at least slightly out of line if you look and/or measure very carefully. Not a problem unless the twist is so extreme that you notice it as soon as you walk in the door.
Generally, if a boat looks true and is nicely finished, it's probably well-built in other respects.
Unless your kids are all already in their teens, or are large kids, the 14 should serve them well for many years. I've paddled stock 14s (I weigh 175 and am 5'10"). It's a tight fit, but I can get in the boat. Besides, if you get one boat, the others will eventually want their own (as will you and, maybe, your wife, in-laws, neighbors, and friends you haven't seen in 20 years). I suspect you'll try to build one or more and enjoy the adventure. terry
In Response to: Re: buying a used clc 14 by kayakpurchaser on Feb 15, 2005