I am fairly new to kayaking and have casually kayaked on maybe 10 occasions. I am considering building a wooden kayak, but had a question about launching the boats into the water.
I will have access to a few concrete launch areas and I am concerned about how to launch a wooden kayak without damaging it. Below is an example of a concrete launch ramp. How would I go about launching the wooden kayak? Would I simply step out 10 or so feet into the water so that the kayak is free floating and then step in? Should I allow extra inches, e.g. 6 inches, to account for my body weight? Also, if I do hit the bottom of one of the Chesapeake Light Craft boats into the concrete ramp (or even into rocks while paddling), will the boat suffer much damage? Or, since the boat is entirely covered in epoxy, will this be sufficient enough to protect from scrapes and dings?