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Wood Yak vs. Plastic

Growing up at a Summer camp near Huntsville Ontario I became facinated with Kayaking. The only kayak avalable for me was the white plastic R7 models. Very durable for a camp environment. Primarily I only did flatwater, but a few time I got to ride some rapids. Recently I became interested in building a wood yak. I can imagine that the differnces between paddling a wood and plastic yak are immense, but I was hoping that someone could describe it for me. Are longer wooden yaks more like being in a canoe. I loved the maneuverability of the short R7's. At a full out pace I could come within a few feet of the dock and make a 90 degree pivot and stop parallel to the dock. Does a woodstrip yak offer that maneuverability? I would really love to build a woodstrip yak. I would consider myself an intermediate level paddler. Anyone suggest a model I should consider?

This may sound like a dumb question but... do woodstrip kayak owners take their kayaks into ripids? i'm not sure I would consider it.

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