Small Boat Design

Discussions around designing small boats including kayaks and canoes.

trying before buying

I'm very interested in building a Night Heron, but would really like to at least sit in one before making the commitment. Does anyone within 200 or 300 miles of Detroit own one I could try?

If this is not possible let me tell you I'm 5'10", 160#, shoe size 9. I'm looking for a boat which is fast, fairly low to the water and not much affected by wind. My main use would be for day-tripping on the Detroit river and the Great Lakes. I recently tried a Betsy Bay kayak but found the area for my legs a bit cramped and uncomfortable.

Does the Night Heron with the low deck configuration, though not the Greenland-style, sound like the right boat for me?

Thanks for any input on this.

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