If you're TRULY a gear junkie- get into kayaking!
Oh, and if you're a DIY gear junkie, you can build your own boat. Make that "boats". And paddle. Make that "paddles", they're like hammocks- just one is FAR too limiting! And spray skirts. And racks, carriers, trailers, and goodness knows what else. Hey, you've already got the thread injector and know how to sew waterproof materials. You're halfway there!!!
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Many wooden kayak builders hang out at www.kayakforum.com
, which is sponsored by www.guillemotkayaks.com
This is very cool stuff, I tell ya.....