After many months of work my wood duck is finally complete, despite my amatuer woodworking skills. The whole project took me just under 100 hours, which does not include many hours of just staring at the project, trying to get out of one jam or another. It also doesn't include the hours lurking on this forum, which, by the way, made many decisions on how to proceed very difficult since there are so many boat builders with great ideas out there! Thanks to all, though you don't know who you are, for all of the tips and advice on this forum.
I took her out for the maiden voyage, and she drives like a dream. I have a feeling my 8 year old plastic kayak will have a very lonely summer.