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Old 03-31-07, 03:00 PM   #1
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Kayaking

Are there any kayakers out there on BF? I'm surrounded by water where I live, so I figure it would be a great summer activity to get into.

Being as I'm just starting out, I think I'm going to try to find a slightly used kayak. Anyone have any suggestions on length? I would think no more than 12 feet long? (Also, I'm just going to be throwing it in the back of a pickup, so I don't want it sticking too far out the back.) I'll probably just be on lakes and flat water, so I don't need a fancy sea kayak.

Also, let's hear your fun kayaking stories and pics!
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Old 03-31-07, 04:01 PM   #2
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Cool pic!
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Old 04-01-07, 10:48 AM   #3
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What length would you suggest? I'm thinking 10' or 11'?
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Old 04-01-07, 11:29 AM   #4
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meh, to be honest, if you are just paddlin around and stuff with your buddies, length isn't really that important.
i gots a keowee kayak.. ~$400 new and it looks to be about a 9 footer.

here's a random pic i stole from the innernets..no..thats not me or my kayak.


you can probably find a good used kayak for around $4-500. i don't think you can really go wrong, unless you buy one of those tiny whitewater kayaks for lake use.
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I've never been kayaking, but a number of people do it in the rivers around here. Looks kind of fun, especially on a hot summer day.
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i canoe
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I loves me some kayaking
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I go canoeing alot at Amicalola Falls in North Georgia.
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I started out with canoes. Still love 'em, but after trying the kayaks I find I actually GO much more
often with the kayaks since they're light and such a snap to load. I sold my last canoe to buy my latest
kayak.
i'd like to buy a kayak, but i canoe in the BWCAW and i've heard trying to portage a kayak isn't fun (and unloading TO portage isn't fun!)...but that's just what I heard...if anyone knows better...
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i'd like to buy a kayak, but i canoe in the BWCAW and i've heard trying to portage a kayak isn't fun (and unloading TO portage isn't fun!)...but that's just what I heard...if anyone knows better...
One can't have too many boats...

Most of my trips are downriver trips, up to class III (it's an open boat). We did, however, go to the Boundary Waters last August and had a blast. We chose by friend's 18' 45lb Wen-o-nah over my 16' 75lb Royalex monster.

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I used to do a lot of whitewater kayaking; even some slalom and downriver racing. In fact, I even taught whitewater kayaking, including Eskimo rolling. That was quite a while ago, so any knowledge I used to have is probably not relevant with modern boats. I've only sea kayaked once, so no help there, either.

What I can say that's still relevant is that it's a blast, whitewater more than flat and/or sea but they're all fun!
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I did that **** once, at Cole Canoe Base when I was a scout. Did a trip on rifle river, the site of the cussing canoe'ist. I took a kayak, every one else took canoe's. I know people who do that **** in the bay of kali. They tried to take me out there, and I said no way in hell. My one fear that I know of is the ocean.
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I have a 17 foot Pygmy sea kayak. I had it up in Voyageurs NP last year for a week (BWCAW was on fire) self supported. Mine is hard chined, with a short-ish waterline compared to other sea kayaks. But really I got it because of it's fine handling in the water. My best friend has a Valley and his wife has a P&H, both of which are really nice boats.

Buying a kayak is no different than buying a bike; you can spend a few hundred or you can spend a few thousand and yes there is a difference. It's rather like buying a new bike. The best way to know what you like, and this applies equally to whatever you're looking for, is to try them out. I rented for two years from a local outfitter before deciding on a style, length, and hull shape. There is a massive range of boats. Short of that, try paddling.net check out the buyer's guide or classifieds, though be aware that it's mostly "sea" kayaks in the classifieds. And don't forget accessories, PFD (consider it an aqueous version of a helmet), paddle(s), dry bags, extra deck rigging, custom seat, and so on. PM me for other suggestions, what I like in a boat, list of some good shops, where I go 'yakin, whatever...

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Can't help myself:

Two eskimos were on a lake in a kayak and were freezing cold. One started a little fire and the kayak got caught on fire and sank. Just goes to show you can't have your kayak and heat it too.


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PM me for other suggestions, what I like in a boat, list of some good shops, where I go 'yakin, whatever...

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