now even pointier!
As is evident in my original text (below in
grey) I was
trepiditious at first about releasing the LPB.
My fear was that
everyone would want one, when in fact most people
would be much happier
with an F1. 90% of paddlers travel at less than
4.5 mph most of
the time, for these people the F1 will be more
stable, and more surfy and just plain more fun.
For those of you
who really are cranking around at 5-6mph, I give
you the new
LPB, (which seriously needs a new name).
with a general disdain for longer boats, I've been
with new versions of the L.P.B. The
efficient core hull shape is essentially unchanged
from last year, this
year I experimented with the look and improved the
well. Slightly higher knees, slightly more
foot room, and a
little bit narrower catch make this a much cleaner
fitness boat than
the ubiquitous 17 foot british-style kayaks,
strong rough water performance and plenty of room for
touring. I'm still
waffling on the aesthetic and currently I'm thinking
the most attractive bow will be one like my
Tyak, but the boat itself is performing
admirably. At only 16 feet,
the LPB can easily go head
to head with longer sea kayaks. I'm
very proud of
this design, and if you've got the horsepower to push
it, the LPB won't
dissapoint. Here are a few views of
the new boat as
well as a critique by a couple of owners:
That LPB that I built during the June 6-12 class continues to
amaze me with its incredible abilities! I have now logged
about 300 nautical miles in it, including a trip from Long
Beach, CA to Two Harbors on Catalina Island and back, and about
5 hours of surfing at Sunset Beach in Hunting Beach, CA during a
2 week stay down there at the end of september. 20 knot winds and the
resultant chop, along with 3-5 foot swells coming in on the
starboard front quarter during the last two hours of the trip to
Catalina had no effect on this boat's tracking! It tracks like
it's on rails, yet a lean and a paddle stroke and it turns
extremely fast for a 16 foot boat! I was able to maintain a
Velocity made good of 4 knots on the way out (against the
swells), and on the return trip the next day it was 4.5 knots!
The surfing abilities of this boat are amazing when you consider
1. It's a sea kayak.
2. it's a 16 foot long sea kayak w/o a rudder.
This is the first sea kayak I've ever paddled that didn't
immediately broach and start side surfing. Once you get on the
wave, you can pretty much sit back and it will track along the
wave face. Once the wave closes out and you do find yourself
side surfing, lean back and the bow gets pushed around and
you're surfing the soup with the bow pointed at the shore! Not
once did I have to muscle the boat to stay where I wanted to on
the wave. The only downside to surfing this kayak is turning it
around once you decide which wave you want, so I have to line
the boat up so that I am looking over my shoulder a bit. Then
it's just a lean turn and an extended paddle stroke and I'm
ready to go. It punches out through the surf w/o getting knocked
sideways, too.Once again, thanks for designing such an amazing
The LPB has
been out on the Hudson close to 10 times so far.
Here's a little feedback.
- Very comfortable
- most stable boat I own
- does not weathercock standing still or cruising at any angle
- lightest boat by a long shot
- despite 20 yet unsealed holes in the gunwale, it it the driest
- handles waves from any angle with
- Quiet ... barely makes a ripple of a wake
- Quick... I calling it's top cruising speed 6mph.. this is not
+ twice I've done a 6 miler ( 3 out, 3 back)
current in 61 minutes
.... here's the math 3miles / (6 -1 mph) + 3
mph) = 36 + 25.7 minutes = 61.7 minutes
+ I have also done 12 miles out and back with
current + wind in 2h5m
The LPB is like an 18' boat in front of the cockpit and a 14'
Everyone who has seen the LPB loves it.
I keep noticing people (mostly college coeds) taking pictures of
paddle by with the sunset shining through my boat.
BTW, the color has deepened to tawny pumpkin color (quite in
dark honey (I love it).
I'll keep you posted,
Testing the L.P.B.
half feet long, around twenty-two inches wide, about eight
deep at the backrest, 30 lbs.
It is with reluctance that I announce the newest
member of the
Cape Falcon Kayak family, the L.P.B. (long pointy
Even though I've had this design finished in my head for
I've avoided bringing it to life as long as I could.
because you don't need it. Well, maybe not you
perhaps you are one of the powerful few who travels at 5
you go, but for the rest of us mortals who honestly have
a twenty mile day faster than 4 mph, we'd be so much
happier in a 14ft
kayak that cruises EASIER at our TARGET SPEEDS, and is
MORE MANUVERABLE, and MORE FUN. Despite this
scientific truth, there are simply too many kayakers that
need a 17ft boat, and well.... I'm gettin old
and I'm tired
of arguing. So here it is, my 17 footer.
Stable, manuverable, fun, room for camping gear. It
the wind without a rudder or skeg, it surfs pretty good,
and yes, it's
fast, a little faster even than it's fiberglass brit boat
assuming you've got the arms to push it.
This LPB was custom built by Marvin in one of my
dedicated fitness paddler, Marvins first priority is
but without the tippieness of true racing kayak. We
would be a good candidate for the very first
Marvins better judgement, he agreed to loan it to me for
of testing. I hauled it down to the ocean with
blowing a boat snatching 25 knots, gusting to
30. I decided
to bring my surf boat with me so I wouldn't have to walk
all the way
back to the truck when I was done testing the first boat.
The moment I let go of the surf boat it blew away, thank
you Lisa for
being fast on your feet and tackling the flying yak AND
not damaging my
camera! (and thanks for taking these photos)
So here's what it looks like. On the next one I'll
it a sexy upward swoop at the bow. Not for any
just to make it prettier. It is a fact that sea
swoopy bows sell better, so for the remainder of this
documentary I ask
you to add a mental swoop to the bow.
I need a V8! the wind howled so hard I needed to
lean to keep my
I took it offshore and put it through the paces. It
reasonably, and didn't weathercock. Living at the
beach, surf is
an unavoidable occurance if you want to sea kayak, so I
kayak to punch out and surf in well.
Paddling back up the beach sucked! I've always
said if you
are paddling into the wind you are going the wrong
Satisfied, I crawl out...
...and try to hang onto the boat this time.
A familiar face wanders by "...I figured it had to
be you out
here," he says. It's a real treat to
carry my boat up
the beach with Robert Livingston. Back when I
was about six
years old, Bob was paddling his own design, the Ursa
inspired Cam Broze to divert from long sea kayaks and
legendary Mariner Coaster, a design which I've spent the
years tweaking into a my skin-on-frame F1. My
error with the F1 cemented my general design knowledge and
methods, so much so that after it I now feel comfortable
designing as I
teach in classes. We all stand on the
shoulders of our
predecessors, and here Bob is again, helping me out.
So there you have it, the L.P.B. A long
does everything the F1 does, and is a little
faster. Now where was I, the surf boat, ah yes....
Cape Falcon Kayak