Many of you may think I am crazy, but when I started out building my Mill Creek 16.5 (Dragonfly) in early March, it was as a second hull to take on Paddle Georgia 2010, a week long river trip down the Broad and Savannah Rivers in Eastern Georgia. 350+ paddlers in canoes, kayaks, and 2 wooden boats - mine and a Wood Duck 12 that floated for the first 2 days (Paddle GA Lite). These rivers are free flowing with shoals and class I & II rapids. I built my boat with great care, attention to detail, and with a definite deadline. Finished 1 week prior to the start on 06/19/2010.
I paddled with one of two 70# children in the front seat and, on occasion, solo. Handled well, tracked well. Did everything I could hope for.
And you can bet that there are scratches. Through the varnish, but the fiberglass is intact. I will have to sand the hull and touch up, but why have it if only to look at.