The Wood Duckling's small size gives up nothing in sophistication or good looks. We considered making the kayak a few inches shorter than 8 feet so that it could be cut from a single sheet of plywood, but nope: that would make it too tubby. Obviously this isn't a kayak for sprinting, but the Wood Duckling will coast alongside Mom and Dad with little effort. It's got plenty of stability and the dry, water-shedding deck will keep them paddling well into the Fall (like our cheerful Maine models in the photos). Just like the grown-up kayaks, there is a proper watertight storage hatch to hide a change of clothes, snacks, action figures, beach toys, or even their fair share of overnight gear.
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As always, the CLC kit was exceptionally complete, the fit and alignment of pieces was spot on, and their manuals are the best in the business. As for handling, it is a remarkably capable boat for its short length. Soon the young ones will be out-paddling mom and dad.
Great boat! Great build!