I've built a 12' WD and am looking to get myself something for bigger water. I'm thinking of a 18' Chesapeake to set myself up for 5-day camping trips, up at the Apostles, Isle Royale, and other paddling on Superior. I'm torn between going with the kit, and just going to plastic as I could see the rocky shoreline up there doing serious damage to a wood boat. My other concern is how it would handle in nasty conditions, storage, etc. Anyone out there have experience with an 18' up in Gitche Gumee? Any advice would be appreciated.