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LITTLE BASTARD, A GREAT SMALL KAYAK







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OUT ON THE WATER

THE LINK I'VE MISSED BETWEEN KAYAK AND PADDLER



And now, the ultimate moment of truth has arrived. The same person who told me this
small craft will not keep me above the surface also remarked that I am
forty years
too old for a kayak of this size! I never knew there was a relation in boat length
and the age of the paddler. I must have missed something ... somewhere.
What length of kayak do I have to paddle then, when my age is eighty?
Probably something like 12 meters long, thinking of it, Copper Inuit
Caribou hunting kayaks were pretty long. Must be very old guys!





Cold water 6 degrees celcius, microwaves only, closing my neck seal just in case
a freak monster wave likes to surprise me from an unexpected angle.





Like so for example, you never know what creeps up.





 Of course she floats high when empty...and me standing beside. The boat looks tiny
.





But what happens next on entering ...
OH NO...short boat ... getting exiting already!
This askes for a swift entry or I will face disaster.
Perhaps I should have gone for
more volume in the rear, like a Swede shaped hull. When I was building the
frame I didn't think of this to happen
. What I had in mind was a boat
that doesn't dive with the nose ... seems that worked out so far.





Fish ( widest beam in front of cockpit ) vs Swede shaped hull.





Once seated and floating, things leveled out again and some inches of
sinkage are still unused. The boat could even be smaller
in volume, initial stability feels slightly lively at first.





End of the scale is pretty much ok, ... don't know how long this tape will hold when wet.





Enough for now, back home to do some small alterations...








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