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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
    Lucky you. I want to get out on the lake with my oldest daughter, but that would mean renting and on a holiday weekend, would mean sitting around for hours waiting for rentals to come back. Been there done that before by myself and gave up and went riding the bike trail instead.

    Can't pass the time riding the bike trail because you would never know when the rentals that are out come back. Could be 5 minutes, could be 2 hours. Really itching to go kayaking and really need a nice day with just my daughter and I. Mom gets plenty of shopping days with just the 2 of them which gives me a lot of time with the youngest swimming, but hardly ever have time spent with just the oldest.
    A local place here will take appointments. And you rent by the hour ahead of time, so they know how many are available for each block of time.
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    Nice three day weekend. We got out on the water twice, both Friday and Saturday. We found a great new drop in spot with a small (but always enough room) parking lot and only about a 50 foot carry to the water. No motorized boats allowed. Jump into the Mercer Slough and it's only about 5 minutes to get out into Lake Washington. Two nice days of paddling with some wet exit/self rescue practice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DowneasTTer View Post
    Hey here is a great way to enjoy driving, riding, and kayaking
    Anyone know what brand the trailer is? It's much higher quality than I'm used to seeing ...

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    Anyone build their own say with the stitch and glue or wood strip methods? I am blown away at how beautiful cedar strip canoes and kayaks are. I've seen some equally stitch and glue boats equally beautiful. I am tempted to give a stitch and glue canoe a try.
    My wife & I built a Chesapeake stitch & glue. Great experience - would recommend to anyone with a little woodworking experience (or who craves adventure). Check out Nick Schade's kayak building forum - wish we would have found it before we built ours - the collective wisdom of many experienced builders cannot be overestimated. Next one will be a strip-built. A stitch & glue yak is sweet & our's gets compliments everywhere we go but a well-done strip-built is an incredible work of art & well worth the extra time (imho).

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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    Anyone know what brand the trailer is? It's much higher quality than I'm used to seeing ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    Anyone know what brand the trailer is? It's much higher quality than I'm used to seeing ....
    Yes it's quite the Kewl Rig. Originally it was made by a small company call "Rack and Roll". It came with Thule bars so any Thule adaptors would work. It comes apart for easy storage in a garage, has sock type suspension for keeping the yaks, bikes, etc safe and while I have the short tongue you can get a longer one for bigger boats. After a couple of years the company was purchased by Yakima and is still called the Raok And Roll trailer. Quite pricey but worth every penny IMHO. Here's a link to the product: RACKandROLL 66" TRAILER | Yakima

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    I've been kayaking for something like 20 years. Whitewater is where I spent most of my time, but I also have done canoeing, kayak camping, and even took a kayak trip to the Boundary Waters.

    Here's a picture of a couple of my boats with my SAA (Sports Adventure Automobile - way cooler than a wasteful SUV). One kayak on top and one inside (couldn't decide which would fit the water level best that day).

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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    Anyone know what brand the trailer is? It's much higher quality than I'm used to seeing ...

    My wife & I built a Chesapeake stitch & glue. Great experience - would recommend to anyone with a little woodworking experience (or who craves adventure). Check out Nick Schade's kayak building forum - wish we would have found it before we built ours - the collective wisdom of many experienced builders cannot be overestimated. Next one will be a strip-built. A stitch & glue yak is sweet & our's gets compliments everywhere we go but a well-done strip-built is an incredible work of art & well worth the extra time (imho).
    Awesome, thanks for that link. There's not much out there that I can find about kayaking/canoeing. I've read around on Paddling.net and Song of the Paddle, but that's about all I could find. I know there's lots of stitch and glue stuff on Song of the Paddle.

    I did a kayak try-out at the annual Regatta at the lake with the kids. I thought they would take folks out in small groups into one of the little fingers of the lake but it turned out that they just had a very small section marked off and just sent everyone out into that. Couldn't paddle around at all because of how many people there was (except none of the kids cared so they were all zooming around everywhere.) While out in this small section they held us too almost bumper to bumper, some jackhat came flying through on a beautiful stitch and glue kayak. He was a moron to do that, but the boat indeed was a work of art. So beautiful. It was stitch and glue bottom with multiwood inlay strip across the top. So beautiful.

    Quote Originally Posted by DowneasTTer View Post
    Yes it's quite the Kewl Rig. Originally it was made by a small company call "Rack and Roll". It came with Thule bars so any Thule adaptors would work. It comes apart for easy storage in a garage, has sock type suspension for keeping the yaks, bikes, etc safe and while I have the short tongue you can get a longer one for bigger boats. After a couple of years the company was purchased by Yakima and is still called the Raok And Roll trailer. Quite pricey but worth every penny IMHO. Here's a link to the product: RACKandROLL 66" TRAILER | Yakima
    Ouch, that's expensive! I had thought of just getting a cheap $500 5x8 bed trailer and just mounting some cross beam to mount the kayaks too so I could pull a couple with my Jetta and also have a trailer to haul stuff with my wife's Rav4 when the need to haul larger than the cargo hatch came about.

    There's a company not too far from me over in Ohio too that modifies regular small boat trailers with racks for canoes and kayaks. They are real nice and still don't cost half what that one above does.
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    Paddling in Quartermaster Harbor (Vashon Island, Wa) tomorrow.
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    So...I have every intention of picking up a whitewater kayak this weekend coming. What should I be looking for? Looking more for characteristics than brands.
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    I'm back to the remix again...mostly because I've found a dealer for it and everything else I was considering is elusive. It also ticks all the boxes for me.
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    my first kayak was a super small river kayak i think they call em playboats.it was fun on the lake when the waves was wild. i painted it and traded it for a more lake type yak.

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    Yeah...I'm hoping the Remix will cover both bases pretty well. We also have a Necky Rip 12 around that's a beautiful boat.
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    Had the best day on the kayak today. I'll post pics when my friend (who had waterproof camera) shares them.
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    Went camping at the lake this weekend, just got back, between yesterday and today I probably got me about 8 hours of paddling in. Mostly yesterday, I'd never been camping in the summertime, to me (and my parents when I was a kid) camping is an any-season-but-summer thing but wife and kids talked me into it. My actual only fear of summertime camping is thinking I won't be able to sleep at 85F and today would be crappy with no sleep, but getting all that 100F paddling in sure wore me out and I slept quite nice.

    I got lucky this weekend and the kids and wife weren't too interested in the 1 kayak we have but we do need another/more. We have a $200 pelican tidewater 7 or 8' sit-on from dicks. It seems great to me, should I get another of those? Just going to be using in lakes, will something different than the one we have be better somehow on a lake? We don't fish. Explain to me like you're explaining to someone why a name brand bike is better than a walmart one.
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    (Editor was not liking my images...said they were too large even though they were hot linked and not uploaded. I'm not reszing them all, so click on links if you want to see the pics)


    Best kayaking day yet!



    Yesterday my wife and I did our second (of 2 required) student paddles with that Tacoma Mountaineers group we are taking the Sea Kayaking class through. It was a great day. It is a trek over to where we were meeting, so we loaded the kayaks and equipment up the night before. We had to cross over the bridge to Seattle, then take a ferry from Seattle to Vashon Island then drive to the south end of Vashon Island to the park we were to meet at. Our trip was just cruising around a harbor called "Quartermaster Harbor".

    We were supposed to meet by 930am. We probably got there about 915, and half of the people were already there. Here is a pic of my wife and I just as we got there and were about to unload the boats.
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    We started out in Quartermaster Harbor...I was amazed at how many jellyfish there were. You couldn't go more than a few feet without seeing some.


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    At one point we saw a seal who popped up to say hello to us (sorry, no pics).

    At another area, just before lunch break, in about 10-12 feet of water that was just clear enough to see the bottom, we saw an octopus. Our photographer (Patrick) had messed something up on his camera by that point and wasn't able to get a pic).



    Here's me...just to prove I really do get in the boat.


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    After lunch, we stopped to look at a ship wreck there in the harbor. It's an interesting story that Tom (our trip leader) told us. He lives on Vashon Island, so knows more about the harbor and history, etc... I asked him how long the ship had been there (as it looked old with lots of barnacle on it, etc...). He said only for about a year. It just showed up one day about a year ago. The guess is that either it washed up from further out a little bit overnight somehow or that someone dragged it there in the middle of the night and left it. Either way...the mystery makes it even more interesting.

    Here's Tom in front of the wreck. Too much barnacle to read the ship's name now, but Tom said before it got covered it was readable. The ship was called "Atlantis".
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    Here's a bit of a group shot. My wife is in the middle holding her paddle up (yellow boat, blue dry suit).


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    Two last pics. First of wife (with our friend Steve). Second one of my paddling.


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    i wish i had ya kayak kt mine is ok for the price but sucks comapred to nice ones

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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    i wish i had ya kayak kt mine is ok for the price but sucks comapred to nice ones
    Just like bikes. Buy what you can afford. Get quality stuff. Buy used if you can. Both kayaks were bought used. Mine (the orange) was bought from that guy, Tom, who led the trip. He's one of the class instructors/leaders and was selling that boat. I got it for $900.
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    sadly in this town you have to pay like 90 perecnt of the new kayak price on a used yak

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    My kayak is an 18 foot Impex Force Cat 4. It's the first and only kayak I own, and I absolutely love it. Originally I had budgeted for a plastic kayak, but the minute I tried fiberglass there was no going back. Sadly the company that makes them is no longer in business, so I'm glad I got one when I did.

    This pic was during a test pack for touring. It's amazing how much stuff can be crammed into these boats.


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    i have so much kayak envy. i do like mine for the price she was only 179 new after i had em match there sale price

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shponglefan View Post
    My kayak is an 18 foot Impex Force Cat 4. It's the first and only kayak I own, and I absolutely love it. Originally I had budgeted for a plastic kayak, but the minute I tried fiberglass there was no going back. Sadly the company that makes them is no longer in business, so I'm glad I got one when I did.

    This pic was during a test pack for touring. It's amazing how much stuff can be crammed into these boats.


    That's beautiful. I see you have the day hatch. I wish mine had a day hatch. What's the beam width?
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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    i have so much kayak envy. i do like mine for the price she was only 179 new after i had em match there sale price
    Envy nicer kayaks all you want, I envy yours

    Wife has a weekend off, would love to take my oldest daughter out to the lake as I've been wanting to. Unfortunately we both have eye appointments coming and both need contacts. That would be three cheap kayaks and all the extra stuff right there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    sadly in this town you have to pay like 90 perecnt of the new kayak price on a used yak
    wait till the fall. You should get a better deal then

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    Quote Originally Posted by EthanYQX View Post
    Yeah...I'm hoping the Remix will cover both bases pretty well. We also have a Necky Rip 12 around that's a beautiful boat.
    If you have whitewater specific kayaking questions, try asking them on Boatertalk. It's the #1 whitewater forum and has a LOT of really knowledgeable paddlers on it regularly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    That's beautiful. I see you have the day hatch. I wish mine had a day hatch. What's the beam width?
    redundant. just saying.
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