I'm just about to start building a kayak from a clc kit, but while I've been looking around on their site, I've been day dreaming about these little boats. In my head, self draining has always been part of being sea worthy, but these appear to be based on designs that people used in rougher water than I ever will, for ages. I was wondering what your thoughts on them as day sailers in "open" ocean (Southern California channel islands area) are?
I love the classic lines and the lapstrake (ish) construction only adds to their beauty. I also think it's hip that they're small enough to get towed behind my little scion. They're certainly not going to be as fast as more modern boats, but they might very well be the prettiest ladies at the ball.
Right now I'm just armchair sailing, but perhaps in a season or two... I don't know.
for those not familiar, links below:
Skerry: 15-foot Double-Ender - Fast Rowing and Sailing Dinghy
Light-weight Rowing and Sailing Dory That You Can Build