Posted by: jerrysmith on Dec-14-12 2:09 PM (EST)
SOF kayaks tend to be very unique to the particular person who built it. They can be made “steady” or “tippy” depending on whatever the builder has in mind and his / her skill level.
Most tend to be built to fit “like a glove”, so it’s unlikely that you will find this one to be a fit for your particular butt.
In most “traditional” kayaks, a deck-beam serves as the foot brace, and this is carefully determined prior to starting the build. Some of us choose to install non-traditional adjustable foot braces to make it easier for others to use the kayak. This is generally accomplished by moving the deck beam forward 4-6 inches so that the adjustable pegs will work properly. Once the boat is skinned, it is difficult to get to the foot brace to make any changes.
The kayak you are looking at is using Yost style construction, so it’s not going to be a good example to use if you are planning to build a “traditional” craft.
The Yost method is a modern idea, and lots of nice kayaks have been built that way.
Cunningham’s book is a great tool for building a more traditional kayak. It’s a great place to start and following his instructions, you will end up with a pretty good kayak. Since he wrote the book about 20 years ago, many improvements have been made.
For good information on building all types of SOFs, check out qujaqusa.org
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