Last year's build of a Dave Gentry C12 was a big success with the whole family and now everybody wants to have one. We decided that a fleet of 3 recreational kayaks would be the best for our family of 4 (the kids are 9 and 11) to go on family paddle trips at our cabin. The fleet will be used on a reservoir with many quiet coves to birdwatch, fish, chase snakes and all the other things that need to be done. We will never be more than 500m from the shore and there is very little motor boat traffic.
So, I am currently building a Chuckanut 15 and the idea is that one adult will be in the C12, the other with one kid in the C15, and the other kid will be in a kid recreational kayak. The kids can switch as they get tired, so we should be able to get some distance covered.
So far I could not find a suitable design. The Yost's kid-kayaks seem a little narrow for our purposes. We are not really looking for kayaks, but rather for 'decked double paddle canoes.' It would be nice, if the whole family had the same type of boats. Also one of the kids is a little hesitant in boats, so a more stable design is more adequate. If the kids want something more sporty in the future, I will be happy to build it with them. Keep in mind that these kids' boats will be outgrown in a couple of years anyway.
My internet searched did not bring up any designs to these parameters. So I thought that a Chuckanut 12 shrunk to 80% in all three dimensions would be a good solution. This would result in 50% volume, which should be adequate for kids up to 100 pounds or so. And then, to save some work and weight, I thought of dropping the second chine of the C9. The picture shows the 5 frames, on the right the original version with two chines, on the left, with the second chine removed. The numbers are the reduced size in cm.
Any thoughts on this approach?
Alternatively, did I miss any designs for our purpose? Any suggestions?