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My son outgrew his Kidyak, so we built him a Tadpole.  We finished it a week or two back, but didn't have a chance to launch until today.  It was a little windy and choppy, but everybody stayed right-side-up!  Frames are 12mm Hydrotek, stringers are WRC and coaming is ash.  (I have a cedar dealer down the road, and found enough free scrap in their bin a few weeks back for two Tadpoles and most of a Ravenswood without any scarfs!)  It came in at about 16 lbs ready to launch, finished in 8oz polyester. 

 

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Excellent! Great to see kids paddling proper boats. One thought: for more comfortable paddling, you could find child-sized PFD's specially designed for paddling. They are cut higher in the back so that the coaming doesn't interfere with the PFD.

Have fun!

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Thanks.  I agree completely about the PFD.  It wasn't an issue in his old boat, but clearly interferes with the coaming on the Tadpole.  Time for an upgrade...

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