I just returned burnt, sore, and with a permanent grin etched into my face from what is only my 3rd time in (on) a (sit on top) kayak, but I'm hooked. I used to be a sailer, but got rid of my boat due to slip fees, maintenance, etc years and years ago. I was looking for a new boat, when I stumbled across the sailing kayak rig, and thought that might be ideal. Of course, I wasn't going to invest in one till I'd tried kayaks, and WOW, now I just really want a kayak, and the sailing rig can wait a year or two (make the project a little more realistic for a first time builder ;) )
I live near the California Channel Islands, and would like to spend time out there, which means open ocean and big seas. Eventually, I aim to build the sailing rig, but I'm not going to try to jump into that before I've managed to put together a kayak. I'm looking for a managable project, but still a sea capable boat, capable of carrying modest camping supplies for weekends at the islands. (yes, I intend to take a charter boat over, I know people DO kayak across the channel, but I'll wait on that ;) )
I weigh 150 lbs, I'm 5'10" and have a 10-10.5 shoe size. This gives me a number of options, and I was wondering which ones experienced paddlers/builders would recommend?
I'm also going to try to head down to the Sept 5'th show at Newport Beach to check out some of them in person, but I'd love to get some heads up before then.
Thank you very much, I look forward to hearing from you.