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Selecting a Kayak - A mini course

  • Mar 24, 2013 · 11:00 AM
  • Centennial Lake Boat Ramp

Selecting a Kayak - A Mini Course.

We have a lot of members that don't own a kayak but are interested in getting one for this season. I used to regularly teach a small course for that store at mall that had the same title as this Meetup. I thought offering it here might help those of you "in the market" for a boat make a better decision.

I hope to make this a little more in depth and avoid focusing on any one particular retailer's product line. We will also discuss ways to make it easier to load and transport boats if you're only 5 feet tall and not the strongest person in the world. There will be different style boats for you to sit in and learn about on land but this course will not involve any time on the water.

I can't imagine this will take much more than an hour but the last couple of times I've done it we've gone on for a couple hours. You've got questions and I do have answers. We will go until your questions have run out.

So put together your questions along with a pen and some paper and bring a friend. There are 3 pavillions on the large hill overlooking the boat ramp at Centennial. I can't imagine all three will be rented out this early in the season but if they are we'll find some place on the grass near by.

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  • Howard M.

    Very informative. I got some very helpful information about my upcoming purchase. Thanks Chuck for all your efforts and for sharing the knowledge.

    March 25, 2013

  • Robin T.

    Thank you so much. It really helped! Looking forward to getting out.

    March 24, 2013

  • Mary Jean S.

    Great information, realistic, lots of boats to examine and talk about. And Chuck as our fearless leader was great,once again. Good to see folks again!

    March 24, 2013

  • Mark

    Chuck-appreciate the time you spent and knowledge and experience you shared. Well done. See you on the water :)

    March 24, 2013

  • Kari F.

    Excellent! Chuck is obviously a pro- and I can't wait for the warmer weather to join you folks!

    March 24, 2013

  • Chuck

    I apologize for the cold weather today but thanks for coming everyone. If you still have questions don't hesitate to email or call me.

    March 24, 2013

  • hal

    Thanks Chuck for all the info,

    March 24, 2013

  • Rick O.

    Can't make it. See you next time.

    March 24, 2013

  • Bryan W M.

    My car broke down this evening, is sitting down in Arlington. I need to go get it tomorrow, return the one I borrowed.
    Sorry,

    Bryan

    March 24, 2013

  • Cathy N

    Maybe--Not sure I will be able to make it.

    March 23, 2013

  • Chuck

    If you can't make this one I will be doing it again in the next couple of weeks. Probably at Carderock Recreation Area on the Potomac near Great Falls the weekend after Easter.

    March 15, 2013

    • Bill

      Be very wary of inflatables. The inflatables that I have seen are poor substitutes for rigid or semi-rigid hull boats. They have poor straight-line speed (making it hard to keep up with others), poor tracking ability (hard to set a course and stay on it), and poor seaworthiness (tend to bob along on top of waves, rather than slicing through them). If storage space is really the critical issue, there are some very capable folding boats from well-established companies like Folboat, Klepper, and others that might be worth consideration. Great topic for discussion in this meetup -- and it underscores the value of having this opportunity to learn about the pros and cons of different kinds of boats before you put your money down.

      March 21, 2013

    • Cassie

      I've used inflatable kayaks for a long time with my kids. Definitely would not recommend them for much more than paddling around on a small lake or pond. I've taken mine out on the Potomac and they are not very seaworthy. It's a lot of work to get from point A to point B on them. And, they are kind of a pain to inflate also.

      1 · March 23, 2013

  • Bill

    Hi, I'm Bill. I'm a beginner and thinking about joining the club. It will be great to learn about different kinds of kayaks. Thanks.

    March 23, 2013

  • Linda

    Unable to attend on Sunday. Hopefully will get to participate in an activity soon.

    March 22, 2013

  • Robin T.

    This is perfect. I have been wanting to make a purchase, but really didn't know where to start. I am hoping to get out this summer and be a part of this group. Many thanks for organinzing this.

    March 22, 2013

  • Jake

    Chuck, are you paying Calhoun residuals for continued use of her image on you CKA meetup announcements? The price for cute Jack Russell terriers has gone up since Uggie won an oscar with "The Artist" last year.

    March 15, 2013

    • Chuck

      Calhoun can have all the dog cookies she wants. She's a smart dog. She sniffed all the kayaks that day and then sat down by the most expensive one. Have you taken to representing dogs in retirement Jake? I guess there must be a huge need for dog attorneys.

      March 16, 2013

    • Gloria

      AND the Hooner goes for the "tippiest" boat too. I'm thinking she has it in for me ;-) But seriously, I'd like to bring the Hooner on the boat with me so I'll be seeking your advice on that :-) Thanks for doing these minicourses Chuck.

      March 16, 2013

  • Leslie G.

    Chuck, this is a terrific course offering. I only wish I could come, but have a guest that weekend and we have plans for that morning. I hope you offer the course again. Many thanks for the time and dedication you have to this meetup.

    March 15, 2013

  • Bill

    Chuck, Unlike most of the comments that I post, this one is serious -- I think this is a really cool thing that you are putting together, and a very generous contribution of your time. Most of us stumble into this sport without a clue, and end up buying and selling one or more boats before we get something that fits our interests and abilities. I'm sure that many people completely drop out of this sport that they might otherwise love, just because their boat is poorly suited for what they are trying to do with it. This boat selection workshop -- especially given that it is not just a cleverly disguised sales pitch for a particular shop or brand -- may provide the most important bit of training that most people never get. Attaboy!

    March 15, 2013

  • Rick O.

    Love to learn about different aspects of boats.

    March 15, 2013

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