I just finished my first Chesapeake 17 but it is a bit overweight! As I heard many times as I started to sand the kayak the first time, I too sanded through the fiberglass cloth at a few places looking for that smooth dull shade of gray. I decided to re-apply a new fiberglass cloth to the front of the kayak thinking I may have ruined the strength of the hull. This added a total of about 15-17 extra pounds to the finished boat. Will this much weight drastically change the maneuverability of the kayak or will it still be servicable in performance? Thanks!