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Old 03-28-16, 09:03 PM
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any kayakers out there?

I have been fishing from an old town canoe for years. Finally sold it on Craigs list after beating it nearly to death. Looked like hell, but dam if that ol osprey 14 was still bone dry.
Now I'm casting from a eddyline Caribbean 14 angler.

any other paddlers out there?
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Old 03-28-16, 09:38 PM
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I have a cheap pelican trailways but its dicks highest rated kayak. I have not been so far this year I miss it. ps I love ya kayak id love a nicer 1
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I've got a 16.5' P&H Capela and used to do a lot of paddling. However, since I sold my pickup truck a couple of years ago, I've done very little paddling because it's so much more trouble putting the kayaks on the Honda CRV. Sounds like a lame excuse but I'm afraid that I'll throw my back out. Hauling kayaks around is the weak link in that sport.
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Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
I've got a 16.5' P&H Capela and used to do a lot of paddling. However, since I sold my pickup truck a couple of years ago, I've done very little paddling because it's so much more trouble putting the kayaks on the Honda CRV. Sounds like a lame excuse but I'm afraid that I'll throw my back out. Hauling kayaks around is the weak link in that sport.
Same here. I also had a P&H Capella (rotomolded). It couldn't haul much (for touring), but was a great surf boat. From there I went to a Current Designs glass Solstice GT, when they were still made in Canada. A great boat, but I simply got tired of loading the thing. Biking is far less fuss. I've been out of kayaking for several years. If only I lived next to a waterway.
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I'm lucky I live on the water and don't have a car .I just load it on my yak carrier and I'm good tto go
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Old 03-29-16, 05:25 AM
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Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
I've got a 16.5' P&H Capela and used to do a lot of paddling. However, since I sold my pickup truck a couple of years ago, I've done very little paddling because it's so much more trouble putting the kayaks on the Honda CRV. Sounds like a lame excuse but I'm afraid that I'll throw my back out. Hauling kayaks around is the weak link in that sport.
I too have a CRV, hence the 45 lb. eddyline. I don't car top. I stick in the back, place a black hook strap across the thingies that hold up the hatch so it doesn't bounce up and down. secure the boat with bungees, and drive off, albeit carefully. I actually raise the exposed end of the yak by placing towels under it, I have several strands of orange hunter ribbon permanently secured to stern, and for good measure added a bicycle tail strobe light. It's very secure and so long as there are no crack heads behind me, I can travel with confidence.

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I kayak on the small streams, lakes and creeks we have around here on my Necky Looksha 12 footer. I started last summer and on Saturdays I can ride with the bike club and go for a 40+ miler then change into kayak mode and hit the water all afternoon.
It's the perfect combination since on the bike, it's all legs and on the kayak, it's all arms, so no problems.
No fishing here though, but I do like getting to see wildlife while I quietly glide on the waters
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My wife likes to kayak and it used to be something we did together a lot. However, as mentioned, loading and hauling our kayaks places has become such a chore. We looked into getting a kayak trailer but they are very expensive and we have no place to store it when not in use. If I had a place to store a trailer, I would probably plunk down the money for one. Fortunately, I am slowly turning my wife into a cyclist and we are doing that more rather than paddling. Of course, living on the water would be ideal but that isn't in the cards.
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Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
My wife likes to kayak and it used to be something we did together a lot. However, as mentioned, loading and hauling our kayaks places has become such a chore. We looked into getting a kayak trailer but they are very expensive and we have no place to store it when not in use. If I had a place to store a trailer, I would probably plunk down the money for one. Fortunately, I am slowly turning my wife into a cyclist and we are doing that more rather than paddling. Of course, living on the water would be ideal but that isn't in the cards.
Another problem with trailers here in NJ is that many water access points charge a fee if you trailer in any kind of boat/kayak/canoe. There are seldom fees for bringing your boat to the water on car top.
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Originally Posted by avidone1 View Post
I have been fishing from an old town canoe for years. Finally sold it on Craigs list after beating it nearly to death. Looked like hell, but dam if that ol osprey 14 was still bone dry.
Now I'm casting from a eddyline Caribbean 14 angler.

any other paddlers out there?
Yes. I paddle almost entirely flat water: rivers and lakes in the NJ Pine Barrens, on the Delaware River and some of its tributary rivers/creeks. The reason I took up cycling again after many years had to do with kayaking. I usually paddle upstream and then downstream back to my car. That's kind of impossible for me if I want to start paddling rapids. So, I thought I could get a beater bike, drop it off and lock it up at my take out location below the rapids. Then when I take the kayak out at that location, I could lock it up and ride the bike back to the car. Anyway, I got my old bike back into shape for riding and have only been in the kayak a couple of times since then. Cycling is just so much more convenient than paddling. But I'll be back out on the water as soon as it warms up anyway. Maybe. I hope. Possibly. It could happen.
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We have quite an extensive kayak thread here in Foo-land that we were discussing last year. It's long buried now after a winter season.

I own a car, a bike, and a kayak, a computer, and that's it. No home of my own. No possessions other than those and my clothes.

I originally wanted to get a kayak for exercise. Didn't have the extra cash with being married to someone who thought I was rich (why I got rid of the parasite, and why I'm also homeless and possessionless at the brief moment). I ended up dusting the old Walmart bike off in the garage and rode it for exercise. Said if I kept it up, I'd get a decent bike in the spring after the tax refund came. Problem was, I was riding the river trail and watching all the kayaks floating down the river next to me. Still longed for a kayak. So last year with some of the tax refund, I bought a used kayak. It's a Perception Sport Conduit 13'. I love it. I'm wanting to upgrade to something longer and narrower now. I think I will definitely upgrade to a decent paddle at least. All I have is a $40 plastic/aluminum cheapie from Dick's.

Guy I bought it off of was a real nice guy. I had my car and some foam blocks and straps to bring it home. Also as usual, my bike was inside the car. Met him out towards central PA at his storage shed. He saw the bike as he helped me lift it up on the car and we started briefly chatting about bikes. Turns out he is the president of the Western Pa Rails to Trails Association. Really cool!

I didn't get much cycling done last year due to the weather and work along with the kayak taking a good amount of the weekends when it was nice. Only rode 350 miles last year but have 75 miles on the kayak (I use RidewithGPS on the kayak as well.) I paddle at Moraine State Park (Lake Arthur), tried the Allegheny in Parker, PA but after 3 hours of battling upstream and only making it a mile, trying it twice, I'm done with trying that. I've gone up to Presque Bay and even started to go through the channel out into Lake Erie before I wised up and said ^%&^ that!

Here's a shot that my JVC Action cam caught out on a little paddle / trolling motor only fishing lake out near where I use to live.



Out on the beach at Lake Arthur.


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Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
We have quite an extensive kayak thread here in Foo-land that we were discussing last year. It's long buried now after a winter season.

I own a car, a bike, and a kayak, a computer, and that's it. No home of my own. No possessions other than those and my clothes.

I originally wanted to get a kayak for exercise. Didn't have the extra cash with being married to someone who thought I was rich (why I got rid of the parasite, and why I'm also homeless and possessionless at the brief moment). I ended up dusting the old Walmart bike off in the garage and rode it for exercise. Said if I kept it up, I'd get a decent bike in the spring after the tax refund came. Problem was, I was riding the river trail and watching all the kayaks floating down the river next to me. Still longed for a kayak. So last year with some of the tax refund, I bought a used kayak. It's a Perception Sport Conduit 13'. I love it. I'm wanting to upgrade to something longer and narrower now. I think I will definitely upgrade to a decent paddle at least. All I have is a $40 plastic/aluminum cheapie from Dick's.

Guy I bought it off of was a real nice guy. I had my car and some foam blocks and straps to bring it home. Also as usual, my bike was inside the car. Met him out towards central PA at his storage shed. He saw the bike as he helped me lift it up on the car and we started briefly chatting about bikes. Turns out he is the president of the Western Pa Rails to Trails Association. Really cool!

I didn't get much cycling done last year due to the weather and work along with the kayak taking a good amount of the weekends when it was nice. Only rode 350 miles last year but have 75 miles on the kayak (I use RidewithGPS on the kayak as well.) I paddle at Moraine State Park (Lake Arthur), tried the Allegheny in Parker, PA but after 3 hours of battling upstream and only making it a mile, trying it twice, I'm done with trying that. I've gone up to Presque Bay and even started to go through the channel out into Lake Erie before I wised up and said ^%&^ that!

Here's a shot that my JVC Action cam caught out on a little paddle / trolling motor only fishing lake out near where I use to live.



Out on the beach at Lake Arthur.

Very cool. I seriously looked at perceptions. I think they are a great value. At this stage of my life though I really need something lighter so went with the eddyline. I live in a community with trolling motor only lakes. there are a few kayaks and one very cool hobie cat that has a sail rigged on it.
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