This 17' Great Auk, is my first build. It will not be my last! I constructed the strongback on April 21, 2011. Over the next 7 months I was happy, sad, confused, proud, frustrated, but most of all I was determined. When it really looked like a kayak, and as a good hearted dig, my grown son told me..."it's not a boat until it floats" Well I'm here to tell you on November 16, 2011...it became a boat!!!!!! If I did this right, I have 5 pics of my boat. I am extremely happy with the build, and over the winter months in western NY, I will work on getting the finish where I would like it to be. Thanks for any replies to my posted questions..they sure did help, and thanks for the lack of replies in some cases...it made me take action, and think on my own. Here is to a full season of paddling in 2012.