Hi, I am Jay and live on the south coast of the United States. I have retired after a career as a commercial pilot. I have had kayaks over the years, my current kayak is a Innova Seawave, which is a convenient barge of a kayak. I wanted a better performing kayak to paddle around in the coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico. I am a big guy, about 6’4” or 193cm and weigh 275ish. Brian was generous enough to provide guidance to make (what I call my F1xl), by upscaling the 175 lb. version by 114%.
I started the boat by reviewing the excellent video course. I started the deck on September 20, and received my beautiful rib stock on September 25.
A word of caution, several upscale lumber yards assured me they had white oak, but after testing with some alcohol, found to be the locally common red oak, which is not as desirable.
Tomorrow we bend!