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I did ogle the CLC kits a bit...very highly reviewed and sure seems like a fun project. My current distraction is hunting down vintage handtools to be in a position to make a side table by hand this winter.On the East Coast there is Chesapeake Light Craft, big time source of kits.
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It took me forever to learn to roll. All self-taught. I watched a bunch of videos over and over, then went out to the Pax River beach and tried it...rolled up first time! Wow, that was easy.
It was probably months before I did it again, and it was a mystery why it worked when it did.
If you do it right, it is easy-peasy, and there is no way to do it hard. A very Zen maneuver, for me at least.
I built this kayak for ocean surfing. Have a 3 fin setup on the bottom.
The Matunuck is a surf kayak designed by Nick Schade.www.clcboats.com
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Rolling depends a lot on the design of the boat. I did some whitewater kayaking in college and we used to take the kayaks to the pool to practice before going to the rivers. It helps a lot of have a skirt and a more unstable kayak. Was pretty important to be able to nail a roll on a class IV river (especially when that river is the one where they filmed Deliverance).