I decided I didn't want a traditional small round cockpit, but that does change the engineering a bit. The forces for bracing and rolling are usually taken by the masik, but the longer cockpit meant I move the masik beyond my knees so these forces will now need to be taken by the coaming. On traditional Greenland kayaks, the coaming is often only attached to the boat via the skin. This "free-floating" coaming would not be appropriate for withstanding the rolling forces, so I installed a coaming support.
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