Sea Rover Skin on Frame at Merrill Creek Reservoir.

I finished the Sea Rover at the beginning of July and since then I've only paddled the Long Shot twice. I love this boat. Since it's narrower (18.5" vs. 23") it's not as stable as the Long Shot but after a few paddles this was not an issue. The Sea Rover may not have the top end speed of the Long Shot but with the lower profile of the front deck and the narrower width, the coaming does not interfere with my stroke and I find the Sea Rover a more enjoyable boat to paddle. In fact the last time I tried paddling the Long Shot I decided to recycle it and use the gunwales and stringers on my next boat: a modified Nikumi from Yostwerks. I'm keeping the basic shape of the Nikumi but I've changed the gunwale lines, the shape of the stern and bow, decreased the width to 20" and reduced the amount of rocker- I'm still looking for a fast boat.

Sea Rover on top of car at Merrill Creek Reservoir.

The Sea Rover is a Greenland style kayak which typically has a more pointed and upswept bow and stern. I prefer to maximize waterline length so I altered the ends of the boat to imitate the ends of a rowing scull. I wanted a low profile boat to see if it reacts differently to the wind and waves. You can see the more traditional lines of the Sea Rover here.

Lofted drawing of Sea Rover showing bow change.

To create the non-pointy bow I first lowered the gunwale point at frame #1. The red line above shows the original gunwale points and deckline.

Sea Rover Table of Offsets.

This is the Table of Offsets showing the change at the gunwale for frame(section) #1. The table was orginally in decimal feet, I converted it to centimeters by mulitplying by 30.48

Close-up of Sea Rover modified bow.

The bow is created through trial and error- I drew and then cut out a rough shape for the bow and then modified it until I was happy with the result.

Sea Rover Stern.

The stern is created in the same way.

Side view of Sea Rover kayak at Merrill Creek Reservoir.

Definitely a low profile boat.

Sea Rover and Long Shot side view.

There's a big difference in the heights of the two boats. I waterproofed the Rover with a 2 part Urethane finish to allow the interior of the boat to show through. Originally the boat had a translucent white appearance which has tanned with exposure to the sun.

Sea Rover and Long Shot skin on frames side by side.

The Sea Rover is 1' shorter, 4 1/2" narrower and at 28lbs it is 14 lbs lighter than the Long Shot.

Sea Rover and Long Shot cockpits.

I used 1/2" x 6" poplar for the floor as opposed to the stringer floor in the Long Shot. For the coaming I laminated thin strips of pine together instead of a plywood coaming.

Sea Rover Skin on Frame Leg Room.

About the only negative with the Sea Rover is the lack of leg room. My shins frequently rub against frame #4 and I had to modify the footbraces to allow enough room for my feet. On the right is frame #4 inside of my Chesapeake LT17. The new boat is a tight fit but I've grown to prefer it; now it feels like paddling a bathtub when in the Chesapeake. I have much more control and a better feel on the water in the Rover.

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