I would echo all that has been said about Alan Bridges. i paddled his boats a lot in the mid.. late '90's.......they were always superb build quality and a delight to paddle.
I did my 5 star assessment in his 13'6" solo boat, now there is a story.
I keep meaning to call him to see about another one of his works of art, simply superb...........and what a lovely guy, to think he started out making surf boards in the late 60's
To travel alone is a risky business, especially in the wilderness; equally risky is to have dreams and not follow them.