About that time, I came across a classified ad in, of all places, Cruising World magazine. The Little Wing kayaks from Warren Light Craft in Salem, Massachusetts (www.warrenlightcraft.com) were eye-catching, to say the least. Light and colorful, with a distinctive flare and style, they looked like they'd be a blast to paddle. And compared to my old plastic boats, I reckoned paddling one might be like upgrading from a Jeep to a Mercedes.
To make a long story short, I contacted the father-and-son team who build the Little Wings-M.I.T. graduates and engineers Ted Warren and his son, Zac-and to my everlasting gratitude and amazement, they offered to loan the expedition a couple of carbon-fiber Little Wings, the LW 12.5, weighing in at just 22 pounds, and the slightly more substantial LW 14, at 26 pounds. The complete line of Little Wings ranges up to 18 feet and includes a 15.5-footer that can quickly and easily be transformed into a one-person trimaran with the addition of an optional rig and amas.