I came, I saw, I fell in love. That was last summer. Since then I've managed to save up about a thosand dollars, and my soon coming tax refund should put me over the top, and let me finally buy the Stitch and Glue Night Heron kit. :)
In the meantime, I've acquired a random orbital sander (the nice dewalt one) built a bookshelf, and played a little with very basic woodworking.
I know I'm going to need a paddle, lifevest, and probably one of those saftey kits. Since I kayak exclusively in the ocean (currently on rented sit on tops) I'm presuming I'll want a spray skirt for this boat. All of those are external to the yak itself though.
However, many people talk about modifying their kayaks. Almost everyone seems to replace the open cell foam with closed cell foam, and a lot of people talk about needing a little more epoxy than comes with the kits, so...
What else should I buy at the same time I buy the kit?
Beyond that, how does one chose a paddle? Is the hot tip to find a local store which will allow me to test them out (I'm left coast) or have you guys had good luck ordering online site unseen? I trust CLC implicitly, but I'm not sure how much personal preference goes into these things, and how important playing with them hands on is. I'm also not sure if I should buy these when I get the kit, or just wait, and see about picking them up the next time CLC is on the left coast. Hopefully the kit will be done by then.
I'm excited, but also a bit aprehenisve. I'm not sure about the paddling equipment, but I know I want the kayak itself to be as ocean-friendly as possible, so aside from the closed cell foam, what other modifications do I want to make right off the bat to make the best s&g night heron possible?