At last I was over the moon to see the finished product, but a little sad at the thought that the enjoyable time I had had building was now over.

Launch day !! My two daughters and I went to Dollymount Beach in Dublin on a very calm day. We poured some Jameson over the bow and launched our new kayak. Never having been in one before, the start was a bit wobbly, but after a while I felt more relaxed and then started to enjoy the sensation of paddling a boat which I had built myself.

Thanks go to Nick Schade, for without his book I would never have started this project.

Also, thanks to the many lads who 'run' the bulletin board at Guillemot Kayaks.  Their help was invaluable when building.