Just had the first luanch of my Great Auk in less then ideal conditions and she handled great. The lesson of the day is don't launch in whitecaps without a spray skirt but only took a few over the side. The first landing took the glass off down to the wood on the stem though. Glad it hasn't been sanded or varnished yet. Has anyone tried putting a metal skid plate on their bow before? If so how was it done?