Glad to be back on this forum, it was instrumental to my success in 2000 - 2001 when I built two Pygmy Arctic Terns.
Since then my wife and I have switched to a tandem fiberglass kayak for our week long trips. We still love the Terns but the tandem is a better choice for us now. The problem is our tandem is a 105 lb beast and the crossbars on top our campervan are 8.5 feet off the ground. Even with a Hullivator (on order) it's bound to be a struggle.
My thought is to build another S&G since both Pygmy and Chesapeake Light Craft have models that weigh in at 68 lbs. But I've also heard stories of those same boats that came out at over 90 lbs. That wouldn't help much.
So I'm looking for advice in choosing a boat kit. We need a capable tandem suitable for week long self support trips. Cockpits must be far enough apart to not have to paddle in sync. We love a center hatch, but would be OK with a third cockpit that we would bulkhead and use for gear with a cockpit cover on top. We paddle in bear country so the hatches have to be large enough to fit a couple bear barrels. 21 feet is about the largest I can build in our garage. And as lightweight as possible since we're both in our late 60's and have to get the boat on top our van. I'm looking forward to hearing your suggestions. Thanks in advance! Brad