I'm planning on building my first boat this summer, and wondering which boat to build. I'm considering something like the Chesapeake 17LT or Guillemot, but I'm open to other suggestions. Mainly I'll be paddling around a small inland lake in Michigan, with a distant possibility of exploring the edges of Lake Michigan. I'm a pretty solid woodworker, so complexity of construction isn't really a concern.
I have three year old twins, and I'd love to be able to have one of them in my lap while we paddle around the the lake at sunset. Am I nuts? I really don't want to commit to a double, but maybe that's what I need. Or possibly I should think about something like the new dory. Different experience, but I could put the whole family in there.
How do you kayak with small kids?
thanks for any advice,