That sounds fine to me. I am not intending on paddling very far back upstream - mostly I want to down drift to where I want to be...
I'm not super concerned if it doesn't make sharp turns - only that it does respond to the paddle...
I'm thinking of laying in some runners on it too, so it can track a bit better if I build it.. Also thinking of using a composite of plywood and foam for the superstructure members - an attempt to get the weight down some, so that I can tote it to some more remote river accesses.
I am intending on putting on the Missouri here in MT, just at it's headwaters - nothing very crazy, certainly nothing white. The water is definatly moving however... but people float with canoes, jon boats and kayaks on it too.
I like that the kara is stealthy - and that it is stable and capable of handling a pretty good payload.
the only other boat I've been considering building is either the Devlin Mallard
or the Bateau Honker 15
or Glen-L's Duck Boat Too
I like the Kara.. because I think it's the cheapest, potentially easiest to make.... and the stealthiest - or ties with the Devlin Mallard
What do you think of the other boats?[/url]