Even though Dan Millsip has already posted a great deal of photos and descriptions along his way of building a Coho, I figured I'd put my info on here as well. And I'm sure I'll have oodles of questions to post - or maybe not - maybe it'll be easy. IF YOU HAVE A COHO or have oodles of time to share emails and tips, etc. please do email me - I'd love to have somebody I could chat with and not feel like I'm a burden on - with all my questions and comments and photos I'll still post to here, but it'd be fun to meet up with somebody online or in person - either way - to have as a boat building chat partner so-to-speak. I was quite nervous at first. Then my wife bought a boat from a builder in the Seattle area. I asked the owner if he had any tips for a newbie boat builder and he said "Here, put this on" and handed me an apron-like critter and some gloves. We grabbed some glass cloth, he mixed what he used for epoxy, and we did the underside of a hatch cover. Wow - that wasn't bad - I think this is doable I've only rented kayaks for a year or so... paddled a bit here or there and decided to purchase a kayak. Then I decided to build one due to cost - plus it would be a fun experience that I've never had before - and if (or maybe it is - when ) I put a hole in this thing, I'll be able to take care of it myself quite easily. I'm not much of a big designer or builder - the most I've worked with wood is when I built our fence for our hours 10 years ago - but I have a few brain cells left and figured I'd give it a whirl. Did a bit of research, and decided I should buy from Pgymy as they were only a 5 hr drive away. Tested out boats. When I went up there, the Coho wasn't on my list because of my height and I felt it may be more for the advanced paddler. After trying out several kayaks, I quickly put the Coho at the top of my list. It went just about as straight and quick as the others, but it seemed to turn easier and seemed a bit more playful or fun? So The Coho is what I'm building and hopefully will be paddling for some time.