I apologize if this was previously asked and answered, I searched the forum but didn't find it...
I just received my CH 17 kit, but now I'm thinking about changing to the 17LT model - I probably don't need all that volume. Does anyone know the actual differences between the two models? It appears from a bit of searching that the differences seem to be two in two areas: the shear panels are 1.5" lower, and the rear deck camber radius is 49" on the LT and 24" on the 17. The front camber radius appears to be the same. Is this correct? Is the 1.5" full length off the top?
If I make this change, I plan on simply trimming my kit shear panels, shortening the fwd bulkhead, shortening the rear bulkhead and changing the radius and making a new radius template for the rear. I'm a bit on the fence for making this change as I'm not a small paddler at 6', 230lbs, size 12 shoes, but the 17LT still seems to have plenty of room. My trips are usually only a few days, not weeks.