Plans to build the 12' Huntington Harbor Kayak
I live very near Huntington Harbor, and I test a lot of my first build boats there. The launch ramp is free and it's easy to hand launch a car topper down the side ramp and dock. When I decided to build a small, kayak, here's where I tested it. It turns out this is a great boat. It's light, maneuverable, easyt and inexpensive to build and is plenty stable. I had a number of people send photos of them standing up in it, so I know it is plenty stable. I've also had people send photos of two or even three people aboard and the boat is riding high and happy, so it does a great job at that too. In addition, lots of people send pictures of them fishing out of the boat, so that seems to be a great fishing boat as well.
Here's the maiden voyage of a Huntington Harbor.
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About Home Built Kayaks
Sea kayaking is one of the fastest growing sports -- and why not? It is a lot of fun. Modern sea kayaks are derived from seaworthy Eskimo boats, and are very safe and capable when used prudently. In my frequent crossings of the San Pedro Channel, 26 miles of open ocean, I often see groups of kayakers paddling across the channel to visit Catalina Island, a beautiful, rugged island with wide open spaces, small towns, trails, and campgrounds, in stark contrast to the high rises, factories, condos, power lines and freeways that occupy so much of the mainland coast. They cross 26 miles of open ocean that's over 3000 feet deep with a major shipping channel running right through the center of it. Whales, dolphins and Mako sharks up to 1000 lb are on constant patrol all over the channel. This shows you how capable these simple boats really are.
Sea kayaks are different from whitewater kayaks in that they are longer, easier to paddle and glide farther for each stroke of the paddle. Whitewater kayaks are designed only to be carried along in fast moving water. They're difficult to paddle and control in still water like you'd enounter in lake, pond, most river, bay and ocean conditions. These sea kayak styles are intended for all of that use, plus milder whitewater in rapid nmoving rivers. These kayaks may be used anywhere a light, maneuverable, safe boat is desired.
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