Re: So many kits ...

Posted by Mike on Jan 30, 2006

I've built 9 kayaks so far, and paddled a lot of other designs. My personal favorite for S&G kayaks is the Night Heron. It has all the maneuverability of a Looksha Sport, but the speed of an 18 foot kayak. It is extremely well balanced for a paddler of my weight (180 lbs.), but not well suited for 150 pounders. I use this as my everyday kayak in everything from calm waters to west coast surf.

It is not set up for a rudder, but if you want to adjust weather/leecocking, put in a retractable skeg. I don't have one yet on my NH, but found that it may come in handy when surfing wind waves over a long distance. A rudder could be added to this design, but I feel a retractable skeg would be the better option.

If you go with a stripper, I'd go lean towards either the Redfish King, Golden, Guillemot Petrel, or Night Heron.

Also, as someone else pointed out, ask the same question on www.kayakforum.com, and include your weight.

Mike

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Night Heron

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