That LPB that I built during the June 6-12 class continues to amaze me with its incredible abilities! I have now logged about 300 nautical miles in it, including a trip from Long Beach, CA to Two Harbors on Catalina Island and back, and about 5 hours of surfing at Sunset Beach in Hunting Beach, CA during a 2 week stay down there at the end of september. 20 knot winds and the resultant chop, along with 3-5 foot swells coming in on the starboard front quarter during the last two hours of the trip to Catalina had no effect on this boat's tracking! It tracks like it's on rails, yet a lean and a paddle stroke and it turns extremely fast for a 16 foot boat! I was able to maintain a Velocity made good of 4 knots on the way out (against the swells), and on the return trip the next day it was 4.5 knots!
The surfing abilities of this boat are amazing when you consider that :
1. It's a sea kayak.
2. it's a 16 foot long sea kayak w/o a rudder.
This is the first sea kayak I've ever paddled that didn't immediately broach and start side surfing. Once you get on the wave, you can pretty much sit back and it will track along the wave face. Once the wave closes out and you do find yourself side surfing, lean back and the bow gets pushed around and you're surfing the soup with the bow pointed at the shore! Not once did I have to muscle the boat to stay where I wanted to on the wave. The only downside to surfing this kayak is turning it around once you decide which wave you want, so I have to line the boat up so that I am looking over my shoulder a bit. Then it's just a lean turn and an extended paddle stroke and I'm ready to go. It punches out through the surf w/o getting knocked sideways, too.Once again, thanks for designing such an amazing boat!
Brian, you the man ! this boat is sooooo comfortable, just love it
You built an F1 for me back in Aug 2008. Great kayak. I was at the beach in Galveston Saturday paddling in the surge from the storm that just hit New Orleans and the 25+ mph winds. There are 3 bar breaks off the beach, and between the second and third breaks really disorganized water. Great rough water practice for here, and the F1 handled like a dream. Fairly neutral to the wind, good tracking, edging turns for course corrections, good at handling breaks on the beam whenever wandered into a breaking wave. Great kayak. Keeping my fingers crossed this skin will last another season or two. I am just amazed at how many beach launches and landings this kayak skin has endured.
Dear Brian: I built an F1 with you in June 2010. I know you are too busy to read e-mails, but I am so bloody pleased with my F1 that I wanted to share my pleasure with you. The F1 fulfills all of my criteria for a good kayak. It is light, easy to handle, comfortable for day-long journeys, behaves well “in conditions”, carries stuff (like lunch, camera, charts and foul weather gear), pops on top of the car like a dream. It is just plain USEFUL! The F1 occasions comment from boaters everywhere….. Did YOU build THAT!? What’s it made of? I want to do that! (Then I get to explain about Cape Falcon.) Yes, I have a splendid fiberglass boat for longer trips or trips where I anticipate conditions that might be unkind to the F1’s skin (like barnacles). And, yes, I have built a Greenland boat which is fine for straight line purposeful paddling without any baggage and which would be fine for rolling, if I were a “roller”. But it is the F1 that provides the ideal platform for a day’s exploring new territory, carrying sampling equipment for the monthly water tests on my River, or an evening’s vigorous exercise starting at the end of my dock. As I begin to build my own boats, my appreciation of the breadth and depth of the design expertise embodied in the F1 increases! Bravo and thanks!
Hi Brian ~ plain & simple: I love this boat lots of fun w/ Chaquita so far on a few outings in local waters, & launching is now a cinch due to the light weight (getting on & off the car & carrying it down to a cove or onto the beach) two things impress me as outstanding : 1.) I am so comfortable in this kayak I have to remind myself it's time to get out and take a stretch - it's great I found my good old blue foam camping pad in the basement (1/4") and it fits in there like an Italian glove - & it's comfy on the tooshie too 2.) this thing has the best edge stability I've ever experienced - makes handling on the water a joy haven't taken her into the surf yet, but stay tuned, I plan on doing that - & then we'll see if I can hit my layback roll in the waves ! totally enjoying the new paddle as well, may do a little tweeking on the loom to round it just a bit more I'm noticing that the rounded blade tips produce less bubbles on the forward stroke - cool !
Brian, Know that you’re crazy busy, but just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how much we are enjoying our red F1. I attended your workshop last fall (late Aug/ early Sept) with my son Alex. Not only did Alex really get a big kick out of the class, but the F1 is great. Alex loves to watch our Wednesday night practice sessions(“Wet Wednesdays”) at the lake, and I’m having fun with the F1. (I like the redcolor too, even though it sounds silly.)I’m really impressed by how comfortable it is and how easy it is to maneuver. I’m now successfully rolling on both sides too. My poor Baidarka has remained parked in the garage most of the time since the F1 came home. The only time that I’ve used the Baidarka is at SSTIKS when my husbandused the F1. He also found it to be very comfortable. It increased his confidence a lot! Take care and keep up the great work.
Hi Brian, I want to thank you again for making a long time dream come true for me. The double weighs 43.7 lbs on my digital scale without the seat pads, float bags and rear backrest. Remarkably close to the weight you came up with of 44-45 lbs. It’s wonderfully easy to carry and impressed the heck out of some kayak friends. The lift/drive I get off the paddle is another thing that amazed me. For the last 20 years I’ve been using wing blades of different styles, ranging from a full racing type to my current favorite, the SRS X-wing, a modified one that will actually do a half-way decent sculling brace. I think after I get the hang out of it my “fat” Brian Shulz Greenland paddle will easily match it for paddling efficiency and beat it for braces, rolling and everything else except perhaps upwind work; where the feathered wing paddle is probably as good as can be done. I borrowed a homemade Greenland paddle some years ago, but it was a “thin” one and didn’t work nearly as well as your design. I was amazed that you could keep so many different things in your mind without reference to plans, lists, etc. Amazing. -Joe
Hi Brian, As I promised at the course this April here are a few pic's of how I solved the pedal pop with a bit of high density. foam. The F-1 is performing like a true champion and I am truly amazed how well it tracks and surfs on the smallest waves.The weight is amazing and I am getting out more because it's no effort to load. I had a great time and appreciated your teaching style.
Paddling Phinny is WONDERFUL. Wednesday we were on the water about 3 hours in cold, windy rain. We put in under the St. John Bridge and paddled upstream against wind and current to the Swan Island boat ramp. The wind varied from in the face to fierce sideway gusts. I am very pleased with that sweet little boat. After the first 5 minutes I was able to maintain a straight course with just a tiny lean to correct for wind. It was great. It felt like I was just flying upstream. Next time I go out I shall wear my dry suit, try my Greenland paddle again and do some serious edging. It is a lot more fun to be less cautious. Anyway, I want to give you a big THANK YOU for building my boat for me. It is great to have a boat that doesn't take much effort to handle. . . on and off the water.
The LPB has been out on the Hudson close to 10
times so far. Here's a little feedback.
- Very comfortable
- most stable boat I own
- does not weathercock standing still or cruising at any angle
- lightest boat by a long shot
- despite 20 yet unsealed holes in the gunwale, it it the driest boat I own!
- handles waves from any angle with
- Quiet ... barely makes a ripple of a wake
- Quick... I calling it's top cruising speed 6mph.. this is not sprinting!
+ twice I've done a 6 miler ( 3 out, 3 back) in a 1mph tidal current in 61 minutes
.... here's the math 3miles / (6 -1 mph) + 3 miles / (6+1 mph) = 36 + 25.7 minutes = 61.7 minutes
+ I have also done 12 miles out and back with similar tidal current + wind in 2h5m
The LPB is like an 18' boat in front of the cockpit and a 14' boat behind the cockpit. Everyone who has seen the LPB loves it. I keep noticing people (mostly college coeds) taking pictures of my while I paddle by with the sunset shining through my boat. BTW, the color has deepened to tawny pumpkin color (quite in season)... aka dark honey (I love it). I'll keep you posted, John
Hi Brian, Again thank you so much for the wonderful time building the kayak. I've been paddling with it all over Vancouver. It's GREAT!!! I took the messurement during class and had my students done the rough drawing - see pdf attached.If you need more drawing for your wonderful design, just let me know. For all kayak builders that I knew, please call 778-896-5442 everytime you happen to be in Vancouver for paddling Cheers,
I had the two money orders sent to you today totaling $1,222.01. They’ve been sent expedited post and should arrive within four days (or so Canada Post tells me). The kayak had dried out sufficiently so that I took it for a test spin and to say the least . . . WOW!! The kayak is tremendously comfortable, maneuverable and responsive – an absolute joy to paddle. I can hardly wait for some rough water to play!! Speaking of paddles, what struck me immediately is how quiet the paddle is in the water and how easily it propels the kayak in any direction. So much for those mass-manufactured sticks they call paddles, in comparison, they’re nothing but sticks with carbon fry pans on the end. I am a Greenland paddle convert!! The snapdragon skirt fits like a charm and kept my lap dry for the first time in many years!! The attached photos are taken during its maiden voyage and the couple of ducks that decided to tag along!!
Just read your update on using the F-1. Very good info! I
have ordered flotation from Spirit Line before for other boats, but
didn't know the baidarka bags would fit the F-1. I built my F-1
in your class 16 months ago. I have to say it is the kayak I use
the most. It is so lite; it's easy to throw on the truck and go
for a quick work out. I took it to a kayak surfing class last
Oct. (saw Zack there). The waves were pretty big, so when I
managed to get outside and caught one, I pearled. I obviously
need to start small and work my way up. Only problem is I don't
get to the coast very often.I call the F-1 my 4mph boat. I have a
5 mph and a 6 mph boat. They are both strip kayaks I built from
One Ocean Kayak designs. I averaged 6mph for the 5 mile canoe
race at Odell Lake this year in a 16' strip boat. I plan on
building this boat in SOF this winter. I have several friends
that are interested in skin boats. I have also referred several
people to you at Cape Falcon for building classes. Don't have a
clue if they ever contacted you.I keep in touch with Mark Kulhman
regularly and Patrick less often. I practice rolling regularly,
but want to get smoother with the Greenland paddle. I have
managed to do a little over 400 miles paddling this summer and would
like to do more. I saw two F-1's at Sparks Lake this
summer. A couple from Eugene that had attended your class.
By the way I did manage to snag my boat on lava rock this summer and
put a hole in it. It was small and the Aqua Seal patched it
up. I really enjoy reading your updates. Keep up the good
work! Regards, Chuck Tucker
wanted to sent you a note to let you know how much we enjoyed your
class. It worked out even better than I expected. The synergy of the
group working together was exciting. I think that we all learned a lot.
I know that I did. It was also wonderful to take home a kayak that is
ready to paddle. I already love my new red F1! We took it to the lake this
morning and I paddled it around and rolled it successfully. It handles really nice!
I especially enjoy how stable it is on edge and how responsive it is. Thanks again.
Hey Brian, just wanted to let you know that my boat is wonderful ! Took it out today in high winds and lots of small white caps and the boat handled beautifully and turned like a dream. While other folks were being blown into debris and bushes I was tracking like a star ! I paddled with Jeff Putterman ( you sold him the long boat that " the Boston fellow " was making . Forgot his name ! ) Anyways, small world and all that jazz. Thanks again for a memorable week and for all the help and good advice. Happy paddling !!! NIcole
Hi Brian, just got the paddle when I got home today. Man is it fun. It seems to make the boat much more responsive than my Swift paddle. Amazingly easy on the shoulders. I really do appreciate you building it for me. I think I owe you another $85.00. is that right, a total of $170.00? Let me know and I will send it out. Thanks again it is very cool,
Dear Brian: The boat arrived safe and sound and I picked it up in Toronto yesterday. Got some seat padding today and tried it out this evening. It is perfect in design! Lively, tracks well (at least on a still evening), turns on a dime and is comfortable. I’m looking forward to exploring Georgian Bay with it - and am looking forward to receiving the gear/air bags. Any idea when the bags will arrive? Thanks again for the marvelous class – and for the boat resulting from it! Cheers!
Brian, I launched my boat today. It got maimed The Floater by Karla, cuase of the brown colour and ordinairy finish. (some crystals in the goop, and drips on the decks, with a touch of hazing...) It floats and doesn't leak, as well as looks like a turd, so its all apt. But crikey it paddles!! It turns and tracks all in one boat. Lean turns carve soo well. It surfs little swell a boat jsut shouldnt..
I fitted one of micks sails and it sails nicely too. I'm pretty sure I got the design right, cause it just handles soooo well. Pics at I spent a good while surfing with it. It was really the first time I have enjoyed surfing a kayak. most kayaks surf a bit, and then broach. This thing I can turn on the wave and carve! Amazing! So a HUGE THANKS for the excellent design and skills to build it! It certainly my first boat to be selected off the ever expanding rack of boats. (now its time to get to the backlog of paddles to earn some money to pay for my next boat...) THANKS AGAIN :))
G'day Brian, got the drysuit thanks, phew, its hot, took about 1/2 hr to get used to the neck gasket. Thought it might not fit, it came with Medium feet but is OK. You'll like this, last Wed fortnight I took along my F1 for the usual night paddle to Taroona-15km return, only small 9" waves & <10kt headwind. Geoff has a new Explorer & decided he would put the pace on & it developed into the usual race, so I dug in & beat them all down the river, average 8.6kph or 4.68knots, I was impressed. Also impressed with your F2 & story on your website, bad luck you didnt get better weather. Glad you have found a new woman to keep you busy. Whats happening with the yacht
I thought I'd report in after paddling my F! for a while now. I'm really liking it. Honestly, I didn't expect to, but I do. A lot. Which is saying a lot since my other boat is a beloved Romany. I paddled it over 25 miles this last weekend in wind, current, and some messy stuff that was continuously breaking over the boat off Point Blunt on Angel Island. It handled itself just fine. It tracks fine, edges fine, turns fine... I can't roll it because I sit too low in it. ( and my roll is really rusty) I've put a couple more layers of foam under my butt to make a total of 3, not counting the ones that are below the ribs, and that has improved my paddling position greatly. Brian...everyone wants to paddle my boat, and I'm happy to let them. They are all amazed by its light weight (27.5 lbs without the float bags) and how comfortable it is. Hopefully, they will come build one with you, especially when I tell them how easy it really is because you've made all the decisions and all we have to do is cut, saw, hammer, lash and sew. ...and I'm loving my Greenland stick, to my great surprise. I haven't used my euro paddle since I made the GP. Gordon says that makes me a convert. Yup, I guess so.
Hey Brian! Love the
kayak it's everything you said it was.. My last time out we went about
3 hours down the coast with a big swell running surfed breakers into
the mouth of the little river, fall colours were great saw fishing
Kingfishers and about 12 blue heron a couple of hawks etc....nice trip
coming back out through the waves (breaking) was great fun I couldn't
stop smiling..Your boat kept up just fine with a 17 foot impex which is
a pretty nice looking kayak....Thanks again, Eric...
Took the Greenland paddle out for a spin yesterday-it was
fabulous! Fit perfectly, light as a
feather. I paddled about one zillion miles. Thanks a ton-can't wait to
take a roll class. Chuck