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Old 06-05-14, 02:43 PM
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well I got one and I love it so much id pay3 times the price for it if I had to. it paddles pretty fast and tracks wonderfully and my fav part is it can go in very very shallow water so I can explore all the nooks and hidden parts of the lake I already saw a baby beaver sadly I saw him to late for a pic. so any of you kayak and if so whats ya boat? im so happy I got this boat
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Hey here is a great way to enjoy driving, riding, and kayaking This is Max our 08 smart carbio with his trailer, two kayaks and two bikes (under cover) on the way to their new home in Florida a couple of years ago. We had a stop over in CT to visit the in-laws.
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cool kayaks
Thanks they're are Swift Adirondack 12LT Kelvar Fusion rec kayaks. Only weigh 26lbs and paddle like a dream.
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id love to own one of them for now I just have this Pelican Trailblazer 100 Kayak - Dick's Sporting Goods
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Kayak + pedal-boat on top of a Tahoe? OK? How to do? I don't want to buy a trailer soon, we take enough junk camping as it is. (but will probably end up doing anyway someday)

I've been sort of hinting at my kids I was going to get a pedal-boat this summer, it's time and thinking I may get a cheap academy/dicks kayak too.

I really am not completely sure if just the pedal boat is ok to do up there at 65mph for an hour, I'm leaning to yes but, how? I have the factory roof rails I figure I'd get 2 ratchet straps long enough to go around it + roof rails side-to-side and maybe one bow-to-stern (last one maybe overkill) I have some HF ratchet straps and need to find them and see if they're long enough, I really don't think so though.

Seem safe to put a kayak laid up next to it at 45 degrees? and strapped on somehow too?

I've never carried anything more than an extension ladder up there.

Buy a tarp for some bug deflection/aero?

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well I got one and I love it so much id pay3 times the price for it if I had to. it paddles pretty fast and tracks wonderfully and my fav part is it can go in very very shallow water so I can explore all the nooks and hidden parts of the lake I already saw a baby beaver sadly I saw him to late for a pic. so any of you kayak and if so whats ya boat? im so happy I got this boat
Watch out, these things have a way of multiplying. Sort of like bikes. At the moment we (me, wife, two kids) have stashed around the yard, deck, and garage four day-touring boats, four whitewater boats (although one is my buddy's), two tandem whitewater inflatables, and a boat the kids grew out of last year. We have lots of days where we kayak and bike in the same day. And we have often used a bike to run shuttle for whitewater days when we can't get there to hitch a ride when most people are setting up cars.

Have fun with it. Start saving for some cold weather paddling gear! It's a lot of fun putting in by sliding down a snowy bank! Oh - and wear your pfd.
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I just started getting into kayaking myself.

My wife and I have a Seaward Chinook Tx (mine) and a Necky Looksha V (hers).
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I saw some kayaks at a store last summer with pedals, and two inverted shark fins sticking out the bottom for extra propulsion. Looked like something I'd like to try. The guy said they can be folded up and it can just be paddled like a traditional kayak. Looked fun, but I'm not sure it would be worth the extra $$$ first, and the extra effort to paddle when not using the pedals.

Anyone here tried one?

Pedal Kayak
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I know my legs are stronger so peddleing may be better. but I wonder how heavy they are
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Watch out, these things have a way of multiplying. Sort of like bikes. At the moment we (me, wife, two kids) have stashed around the yard, deck, and garage four day-touring boats, four whitewater boats (although one is my buddy's), two tandem whitewater inflatables, and a boat the kids grew out of last year. We have lots of days where we kayak and bike in the same day. And we have often used a bike to run shuttle for whitewater days when we can't get there to hitch a ride when most people are setting up cars.

Have fun with it. Start saving for some cold weather paddling gear! It's a lot of fun putting in by sliding down a snowy bank! Oh - and wear your pfd.
i bought a 16' canoe a few years ago
and since then I have had to turn down several offers of other canoes
that people wanted to get out of their yards

clarification
i accepted one
and turned the rest down
our family of four can carry almost everything we own
in two 16' canoes
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Originally Posted by Wilfred Laurier View Post
i bought a 16' canoe a few years ago
and since then I have had to turn down several offers of other canoes
that people wanted to get out of their yards

clarification
i accepted one
and turned the rest down
our family of four can carry almost everything we own
in two 16' canoes
wish they gave em away around here!!!!
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I have a wilderness systems sealution xl like the one pictured below. I bought it used like 5 years ago from a fellow bike team member for $200 with paddle (albeit a crappy paddle). Deal of the century

I have a bay at the end of the farm and I like to paddle to the ocean beach when I can on a calm day cruise the ocean. I really wanted to purchase an NDK romany the last 2 years(A bit more surfable and well rounded than the sealution.) but decided not to pull the trigger. Instead I purchased a
2 person sit on top ocean kayak for cruising around and cruising out to the ocean beach. I have 2 young kids and it made more sense.

I really hope kayak touring will be something I will do a lot of when the kids are gone and its just me and the mrs. Get a nice tandem kayak and cruise.

Have fun out there.
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Now that I have time....here are the kayaks my wife and I got recently. We have been taking a sea kayaking course through the Mountaineers group, locally, too.

My (orange) Seaward Chinook Tx



and my wife's yellow Nekcy Looksha V.
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I have a wilderness systems sealution xl like the one pictured below. I bought it used like 5 years ago from a fellow bike team member for $200 with paddle (albeit a crappy paddle). Deal of the century

I have a bay at the end of the farm and I like to paddle to the ocean beach when I can on a calm day cruise the ocean. I really wanted to purchase an NDK romany the last 2 years(A bit more surfable and well rounded than the sealution.) but decided not to pull the trigger. Instead I purchased a
2 person sit on top ocean kayak for cruising around and cruising out to the ocean beach. I have 2 young kids and it made more sense.

I really hope kayak touring will be something I will do a lot of when the kids are gone and its just me and the mrs. Get a nice tandem kayak and cruise.

Have fun out there.
another nice 1
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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.
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I wish I could build my own
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Where are the pics of yours, windchaser?
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Got a "KSO" pelican tidewater 80 8' sit-on for $200 at dicks (and a 5 person pedal-boat from academy) yesterday and took them out to lake today. Pretty fun. My tiny 65lb 10 year old daughter took to it real fast and after only a bit of experience, she hauled-a across a 3/4mile cove and back. Also after like that 2 hours of paddling experience, she (to borrow a term from sportbike scene) stood up and did a Christ like 4 times hoping her dad would notice + get an awesome pic (I did! from my phone in a $3 dealextreme clear dry-bag in the pedal boat). I can't imagine myself being able to do that, like ever.

8 year old girl and I were more apprehensive. She couldn't get it to go where she wanted, I could do that, go far and have fun real slow and leisurely but never could get going fast. Every time I took even one big dig at the water it made me feel unstable and nervous. I guess I need to learn to counter that with my weight. Didn't think of that until home.

At 1st, friday at lunch, I was about to buy a similar price 8ish foot sit-in until I read on internet a sit-on is much better for beginners if it should take on water or capsize.

Wife and I did chicken out in regards to strapping big pedal boat + kayak to top of tahoe, we rented a uhaul trailer. Me mostly paranoid about aero and the ratchet-straps keeping pedal boat down at 65mph and not flying away busted into pieces on highway causing fatality wrecks, her about getting it 6' up in the 1st place.

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Have you ever checked out the stitch and glue method of boat building? Reading build threads on some UK forum (can't remember the name of the forum now) it really does look quite simple. It's just stitching 1/4 inch plywood panels together with wire or zip ties, fill the gaps with resin/sawdust mix, cut and remove the wire stitches, fill those holes and cover inside and out with fiberglass cloth and resin. There's plans all over the net.

The strip construction looks a little more complicated as you have to build a frame to build around.
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Had a Perception Corsica, back in the 1990's. Decent whitewater boat, though a bit heavy. Was fun for bigger water, had a good carrying capacity. Was great for extended weekend trips.
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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.
Built a kit S&G kayak for my daughter and have built an 8 ft cedar strip tender from plans. Cut and planed the strips for that one which was incredibly tedious. I am about to start an S&G pocket cruiser just for fun as well. Both the kayak and pocket cruiser are from Chesapeake Light Craft. Chesapeake Light Craft | Boat Plans, Boat Kits, Boatbuilding Supplies, Boat Kit, Kayak Kit, Canoe Kit, Sailboat Kit

Give it a try but I would buy a kit over plans for the first one.

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Iv'e had lots of fun in my cheep swifty! Great for fishing the local aria.








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Where are the pics of yours, windchaser?
ill try to get a pic tomorow

. but she is just a basic cheap kayak
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