1. I just read the new sea kayak book put out by Chesapeake Light Kayaks. The book advertises plans to build 3 kayaks but then suggests that its do-able but "foolish" to build a boat from the scaled down plans shown in the pictures. Just wondering how foolish it would be to build a boat given the scales are all listed in the book plans. What am i missing?

2. Was thinking about building the west river 180 but im not sure if the boat will carry my weight 200 + about 70 pounds of gear. If not I would appreciate any recommendations for a very fast touring boat. Thanx. Pete