Posted by: LeeG on Apr-17-12 9:18 PM (EST)
damage to ones body is a higher priority than the boat. I have toured on the Maine coast in a loaded 17'6" wood/glass composite kayak. It can be built to the task. With any kayak you don't want to expose yourself to injury when landing. A 13" Pinguino is an ideal size for someone who isn't paddling faster than 4mph. I built one up with the regular layup of 6oz on the inside and outside with another layer of 4oz s-glass on the outside.
If one was especially concerned 6oz s-glass on the inside would make for an insanely tough hull.
One of the nice things about smaller boats is that you can build them with extreme durability with little penalty in weight.
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