With the arrival of a beautiful custom seat from Joe Greenley at Redfish Kayak, my Kayak Couture project is done short of some final fitting adjustments on the seat when we get back to some decent weather here (20 degrees here today, even the lawn is frozen solid). The boat replaces my wife's sassy Chesapeake 14 that is approaching 20 years old now (but still in great shape).
All in ....she came in at a whopping 24 lbs. With Joe's seat arrangement we dispense with cheek plates and a back band and related structure....this is a very very clean arrangement and Joe's work is impressive given he is on the west coast and i am on the east coat.
I will take some better pics in the spring....but here is how we went with it.
As usual, thanks to the Forum regulars for your advice and counsel.....it really helped me along.