I have never seen one other than the few pictures I can find on the net so I'm kind of starting from scratch. Do you have any pictures on how this boat is yoked? Is it a put on and take off kind of arrangement?
It's a removable yoke that clamps on to the edge of the cockpit.
I see in the listing it says Gunnel Covers. What is this? Is it just a basic Spray Skirt or what?
It's a nylon spray skirt that attaches at snap points around the cockpit. The skirt is in two pieces, joined with velcro at the seat location to allow ease of getting in and out of the boat without having to unsnap the cover.
I have read a couple of expadition blogs. One of them said they would recommend gelcoat over the kevlar. What do you think?
Clipper will build the boat whatever way you like. Most (all but one) of the SEA-1's that I've seen have had gelcoat on the deck with Clipper's Ultra-light Kevlar layup on the hull (no gelcoat). I'd go with this layup as it's light but durable. Clipper is very well known for their excellent layups.
Is this boat made with polyester or vinylester? It makes a difference in how easy it is to repair. Polyester is the easiest because you can use cheep 1 hour epoxy to fill in deep scratches.
Field repairs are not a problem with the SEA-1. I suggest that you contact Clipper directly for info about resins etc. Talk to Lynne or Marlin -- http://www.clippercanoes.com
Is the rigging for the spray cover strong enough to take a roll or will it pop off?
The SEA-1 is not a boat that you will roll.
It says there is built in flotation. What type and how much?
There are sealed floatation tanks at either end of the boat. The tanks have a relief valve and are filled with foam.
How is the top deck attached to the bottom of the boat? Is it glassed together or just glued?
I'm trying to get some idea of durability. I have seen your video on beating a canoe with a big hammer but since this boat has a keel I don't think you could do that test on a sea 1 could you?
Firstly, it's not my video. Although I used to work for Clipper, I don't anymore and I had nothing to do with the video. The SEA-1 does not have a keel -- there is a V shape to the hull, but no keel (it's not necessary as the boat tracks fine without a keel). FWIW: I don't put a lot of credence in the hammer test that I've seen on several boats (canoes and kayaks) -- sure it's tough enough to take a bit of a beating, but most boats are. Personally, you won't find me whacking my boats with a ball peen hammer any time soon.
I plan on owning one for many, many years. I have been emailing Bill Hester (http://paddlingforapurpose.blogspot.com) who said he has paddled his boat one time so far and liked it. He sent me a picture of the deck rigging. It look good but how is it attached? are the mounts drilled or just glued?
The deck rigging hardware is attached through the deck with bolts.
I have also been in contact with James van Nostrand of Magnetic North who said he was the designer of the Sea 1 but have not talked about the boat with him. Only on how to get one to Illinois if I deside to buy one. Would you have any pictures of the optins by chance you could send me?
James did indeed design the SEA-1 (among other Clipper Boats), he's a very good designer, imho.
I would suggest that you get in touch with Clipper for more info -- you'll find that they're a great bunch of people to deal with and will gladly answer all of your questions and provide you with photos. http://www.clippercanoes.com
If you're looking for info from people who paddle the SEA-1, there are a few SEA-1 owners who frequent my website (westcoastpaddler.com
) ask in the forums there -- I'm sure you'll get some helpful responses.