I've decided that building a boat is what I'd like to do to get more into Kayaking... I owned a Wilderness Systems Tempest 165 for a little while but it was a bit small for me so I sold it a couple years ago... I'm tired of wasting my money renting so I figured it was time to buy a new boat... happened to come across this site and I'm convinced that building is my best option considering I do a bit of woodworking as a hobby (mostly rustic log furniture).
I really love the Idea of paddling a wooden boat that blends more naturally with it's surroundings. I can't stand the obnoxious bright colors most roto boats come in, and have doubts about durability of fiberglass and carbon boats (not to mention the huge price tag).
So What I'm trying to decide is which boat is best for me... I've narrowed it down to the Chesapeake 17 or 17LT. I'm 6' tall and about 185 lbs with size 11 feet. My paddling will be split 75/25 between day trips and Multi-day overnight trips. I live in Erie PA, my paddling will be along the Lake Erie shoreline and various rivers and lakes in the area.
I think I could probably paddle either boat but I'd like to pick the right one... I'm leaning toward the LT because from what I've read the 17 is quite the tank and may be more than I need.
I could sure use some advice!