I just bought my first kayak as an adult, not really knowing anything about anything. I'm almost 40 and haven't been in one since I was a kid in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. I'm in heaven now! It's all coming back to me...
Strange how it came about. I guess I was sort of in the market for one, and an opportunity came along that I thought I should grab. I got a great deal on a CLC that had been used for all of about 20 minutes. Personal misfortune prevented the original builder from ever launching it; and the fellow who bought it tried it once and didn't like it. (Not this specific boat -- didn't like kayaks in general. He proceded to buy a Boston Whaler. Go figure.)
At the time I bought it, I didn't even know that CLC existed. I just knew I wanted a wooden boat like I had when I was a kid. By now, I've determined that it's either a C17 or C17LT. Probably LT, but I'm not positive. The profile certainly seems more like an LT, being very low-slung leading down to the stern. Beam is a little difficult for me to measure accurately enough for a definite determination. (23" vs. 24"? I tried to measure and came up with around 22 1/2".) The one thing I do know, and that might be determinative, is that the sides are pretty consistently 7" from stem to stern. Is the regular C17 deeper? Any other suggestions for making the determination?
Thanks for the help!