I just finished
constructing the RobRoy, and took it out for a test paddle. This
boat does everything that I expected it to do. Comparing it to
my 16' Hypalon skin on frame kayak, it is very stable, tracks
extremely well, and handles like a sports car. I paddled in about
10 knots of wind and the boat tracked well in all points of paddle.
I didn't notice any tendency to weathercock, and catching swells
was easy because the acceleration is incredible. I will take my
GPS with me next time to see that the crusing speed is, but it
was so much fun to build, I almost wish I didn't have it finished.
(I am estimating my total construction time around 70 hours.)
I think that I could easily improve on that time now that I am
familiar with the construction technique. I guess I can always
do a little tweaking and maybe start another boat.
It is a pleasure,