I built a guideboat with plans from Nick Schade http://www.guillemot-kayaks.com/guillemot/catalog/boat_building_plans/adirondack_guide_boat_plans
I used 8mm paulownia strips with 6oz glass and it weighs about 55lbs although if I was more careful and made a few small changes I could have dropped anothe 10lbs.
To load it on my Mazda6 wagon I hoist it onto my shoulder and walk it onto the cradles. I carry it upright because the curve in the sheer causes it to hang a bit low in front of the windscreen.
The reason for two rowing stations is so it can be rowed solo from the center or from the front with a passenger. A single rower can reach "hull speed" so two rowers would not be a great advantage. Facing each other makes it much more social than a canoe where you stare at the back of your partners head.
Touring Kayak Paddles
Paddler's Truck Rack
URCHIN Portable Anchor
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