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Weighty Rationals

I made my kayak about 10 pounds heavier than it needed to be. Yeah, extra layups, and the bad but effective habit of pouring excess epoxy down the inside of the hulls keeline. I can say its effective because after dropping my West River 180 from the height of one saw horse [36"] it took on no more damage than a piece of epoxy thin as and big as a pinky fingernail at the bows keeline where it hit the cement floor. And, thats all!!

Still being 10 pounds too heavy has really grated on my perfectionistic streak and so, in defense of my semi-gaff, Ive dreamt up a list of reasons why my heavy kayak is prefereable t the lean mean 45 pounder it should have been...

Please let me know what you think...

Rationalization #1 A heavier kayak tho slower to accelerate will hold its speed better in gusty or intermittent wave conditions, simply because it takes more energy to slow more mass. I can hide behind this one cant I?

Rationalization#2 Lets be real. I'm 55 pounds overweight from too much italian cooking - isnt it a little silly to go nuts over an extra ten in the kayak? And how many kayakers out there are atleast ten pounds overweight but fret at the thought of paddeling anything but a 45 lb. kayak?

Rationalization#3 One day there will come that freak wave or rogue rock that in one instance, one cosmic moment, will test every ounce of overpoured epoxy, putting paid to the notion that my careless excesses ultimately were acts of genius that assured my victorious escape from natures wrathful forces.

Pete

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