Well, my newly built Play is now in sea trials and I'm thrilled with my new kayak. The composite long boats are sold off, and this is my new ride. I could no longer comfortably lift the heavy Brit boats and their like and nor could the roof of my Chevy HHR support them. So, the Play weighs in at 37 1/2 pounds. Not super light but not heavy. It is ideally suited to the kind of paddling available just off-shore southeast CT in the point breaks and tidal races. And, it is fairly fast for a 14 foot by 23 inch wide kayak with its long water line. My legs are long and my seat needs to be a bit further forward than I would like for the best trim (to get good lay back on rolls), so it would need a skeg. I'm mounting a permanent skeg which should do the trick. By the way, it rolls wonderfully well.
I built the CLC kit in a version which does not have the recessed hatches - in the interest of weight. Construction blunders on my part and inexperience as a woodworker likely cost me an extra pound or two. The hull/deck panels are in the Schade (boat's designer) tradition of puzzle pieces and were stained prior to stitching them together. No rough water shots yet, but attached are a few from her maiden voyage (mostly with Nick paddling). I had a nice entry to the water down a snow chute.
At my stage of life, it works for me. I don't need an expedition boat. What I have is a tough surfing play boat for day use that can keep up with the long boat pod. Let the games begin.