Building the Ultimate Expedition Kayak
by Wes Kisting
Prelude to Kayak-Building
Okay, I admit it. I have a problem. My passion for sea kayaking has finally collided with my natural tendency toward perfectionism. Now I may never sleep well again until I have built the ultimate expedition kayak. You probably think I'm kidding. You probably think of this article as a "special-interest piece." But it's actually a cry for help.
It started harmlessly enough. At first, I found myself day-dreaming about paddling a kayak built by my own two hands. But gradually, the dream became an obsession. Soon, every time I hit the water, I found myself making mental notes about things I would like to change about my trusty Perception Eclipse. In time, I had pages and pages of notes, diagrams, and rough sketches for what I considered to be the ultimate expedition kayak. And now, at long last, I am resolved to build it.
Since this article is likely to grow quite large, I have divided it into chapters below. Click Next Page to begin reading the article sequentially, or click the links below to jump to specific sections.
Kayak Building Table of Contents
Copyright © 2003, Wesley Kisting