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Annual Cincy Paddlers Swap Meet (Non-water event)

This is the annual Cincy Paddlers Giant Under-Roof Swap Meet where you can buy or sell used kayaks, canoes and related equipment January 18th, 10 am - noon. Grab up hot deals on used gear now or turn your extra stuff into gold. Tons of boats and buyers, so take advantage of this rare opportunity.

It's FREE! (no charge to buyers or sellers). And, it's conveniently located in Cincinnati (Evendale), close to I-75. Our host is the Gorman Heritage Farm (10052 Reading Road, 45241). Enter the parking lot and proceed to the pavilion (covered and heated, but sides are open, so dress warm).

The Gorman Heritage Farm is a non-profit 122-acre working and educational facility providing programs about food production, life sciences, geology and history. While admission to the pavilion area is free for the swap, there is a modest fee for entering the farm.

Show up at the start for the best selection of gear and buyers!

Necessary disclaimer: As with all paddling events held or posted on the Cincypaddlers.org website, by attending, participants accept all risk and liability for themselves and their party, and indemnify and hold all others harmless. Don't show up if you don't agree.

For questions, email [masked].

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  • Henry E. D.

    Post-swap special. Get into sea kayaking with this low post-swap price for an Aquaterra Chinook (16' x 24"). Only $350 and you're in (offer expires in three days). Photo: http://tinyurl.com/lepmghy

    January 18, 2014

  • Justin H.

    Thanks to those who set me up. Didn't find a spray skirt but got an amazing deal on everything else I needed. Great event and helpful friendly people. Hope to make some events this year.

    January 18, 2014

  • Karlos D.

    gosh, it was cold. looking forward to spring.

    January 18, 2014

  • Henry E. D.

    Link to photo album of the event: http://tinyurl.com/ls96mou

    January 18, 2014

  • Henry E. D.

    Great selection of used boats a gear. Also, with 300 in attendance, outstanding opportunity for paddlers to mingle and network - do some more of that with the big party of the year next week! (Deadline to RSVP is tomorrow; Sunday).

    January 18, 2014

  • Renee B

    What a great venue for kayakers to see what is available. The heaters in the pavilion were great too. Sadly I did not purchase anything, but realized I should probably rent different kayaks this coming season to get a feel for the sit-inside ones.

    January 18, 2014

  • Kathy J.

    I did not sell Thule xstop set of 4. use your rack to haul more than just a kayak. good for ladders, lumber..... set of 4 new 59. mine are $20. Thanks.
    http://www.competitivecyclist.com/thule-load-stops?CMP_SKU=THU0059&MER=0406&CMP_ID=SH_PRG0014&mv_pc=r147&mr:referralID=80c8fd73-8075-11e3-beb7-001b2166c2c0

    January 18, 2014

  • Wendy

    I'm looking for a tandem SOT for me n' my dog!

    January 15, 2014

    • Renee B

      I have an Ocean Kayak Scrambler XT SOT (not selling) that I bought expressly to fit a dog on. Important to put something nonstick on the indented area (normally holds diving tanks) because the dogs slip on the plastic surface. I had a Cardigan Welsh Corgi up there but he preferred jumping into the lake. LOL

      1 · January 17, 2014

    • Wendy

      Thanks for all the tips!

      January 17, 2014

  • Amy

    I need some advice from anyone who can speak from experience. I have a minivan without a rack on top, so just a flat roof. Is it really safe to put a kayak or canoe on the roof with just the pads and ropes? I have read others' reports of how the watercraft could slide off when on a long trip or in windy, irregular weather.

    January 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Amy. Assuming you didn't mean 'rope' in the literal sense, as rope will stretch as Ron said - not to mention the wear and tear on your mini-van window molding. That would probably be an unnecessarily exciting drive home. My recollection is Benchmark Outfitters in Kenwood sells foam blocks made for kayaks/canoes as well as nylon strap sets. (I use two 1-1/4" wide x 8 ft. reinforced nylon Cam-Buckle Lashing straps from Home Depot. I think I paid $8 total.) And I am with Ron G. on the front/rear tie-downs after once seeing anSUV, with kayak on top, stop suddenly. The kayak didn't stop nearly as suddenly as the SUV did. Oh well.

      1 · January 17, 2014

    • Henry E. D.

      The principal reason for securing your boat is so it doesn't fly off and injure or kill someone following your vehicle.The main reason "secured" boats come off is the wind resistance (tremendous at hwy. speed - stick your hand out the window) diverts the bow of a loose boat to one side or the other. This presents more area for the wind to work on and higher forces come into play that can twist the boat way, breaking straps and tearing racks off of vehicles. Cradles and belly straps, fore and aft of the cockpit, help maintain straight-ahead boat orientation, but a key to this is end lines (fore and aft) that prevent the boat from diverting very much. It pays to put in a little thought and money. There are numerous articles, blogs and forum postings by paddlers who had their boats fly off. A high percentage of them contain a phrase like "I didn't expect it because I hadn't had any trouble before." It's much better to learn from their mistakes than to wait until you make your own.

      2 · January 17, 2014

  • Sarah

    Interested in a used or demo Liquidlogic Remix XP9 or XP10.
    Thanks

    January 14, 2014

    • SpongeBob

      Sarah... I have the Remix XP10... love it! They are great yaks! Good luck!

      1 · January 16, 2014

    • Sarah

      Sounds like an awesome kayak! Hope to see a few at the swap. Thanks Sponge Bob

      January 17, 2014

  • Larry

    The Coast Guard Auxiliary will not be conducting kayak safety inspections at the swap meet on Saturday morning just in case you were hoping to get your boat inspected. I will offer this service at future kayaking events throughout the season.
    Larry

    2 · January 17, 2014

  • Henry E. D.

    Dress warmly - there will be space heaters in the pavilion but tomorrow's weather is showing lower temps. You'll be fine if you prepare for it. The bathrooms are indoors at the admin. building.

    January 17, 2014

  • Justin H.

    I am looking for a spray skirt for a Perception Carolina 14' and a life vest at a reasonable price.

    January 7, 2014

    • Justin H.

      A drop down SCAG and dry bag would be nice additions as well.

      January 17, 2014

  • Betty T.

    I am looking for a kayak (new or used) that I can put on and take off the top of my car by myself? I would be using it at Morgans and on the ohio river. Also not to hard to maneuver? Any advice or suggestions would be very much appreciated! Also need advice on an economical carrier I should buy?

    January 13, 2014

    • Henry E. D.

      For something that can maneuver slow moving rivers but can still efficiently and safely handle open water, I'd recommend you go[masked]'. I'd lean toward something with a "normal" size cockpit opening (as opposed to the extra large of some recreational boats) and sealed compartments (hatches), so the boat wouldn't swamp in the event of a capsize. Some examples would be the Dagger Alchemy, Wilderness Systems Tsunami, and Liquidlogic Inuit. Since you spend over 95% of your time paddling the kayak, I'd focus on those traits as opposed to how easy it is to carry, rack, etc. There are devices and techniques to assist that. For economical racks, I'd look at Malone products.

      January 14, 2014

    • Betty T.

      Henry, thanks for all the info! Betty

      January 16, 2014

  • Mary G.

    I'm interested in some neoprene pants. And not sure what else I'll know it when I see it

    January 16, 2014

  • Kathy J.

    Thought about posting an event to paddle at Winton Woods after the swap, but after standing / walking around outside for 2-3 hours, I really think a bowl of Chili might be a better Idea!!

    2 · January 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      It has been some time since I was at the park, so I suggest calling the main Park office[masked]-PARK (7275) to find out if the park, and boat ramp, will be open.

      January 16, 2014

    • Ron G

      The park is usually open but last weekend there was still a lot of ice on the lake.

      January 16, 2014

  • Renee B

    Ron- may be interested in the Dagger Blackwater or the Dimension OT Jolt. Still a bit concerned about lifting it up on the minivan. Cannot lift my Ocean Kayak Scrambler XT (53 lbs and bulky) even with the Yakima tool.

    January 14, 2014

    • Ron G

      Renee - You will love the Blackwater and the Jolt. Both are so much easier to load than the XT. I own a lot of SOTs and the XT, even though its only 12 long, seems more bulky and harder to load than any other SOT - except the tandems.

      1 · January 15, 2014

    • Renee B

      See you saturday. looking forward to seeing them.

      January 15, 2014

  • Dan

    People are calling asking what demo, used and clearance kayaks we have a Great Miami Outfitters. Thought it would be easier to just post them, so here is the complete list as of today (could change if a boat is purchased):

    USED:
    Jackson Journey 13.5 with rudder - $949
    Dagger Axiom 8.0 - $499
    Native Watercraft Ultimate 14 Propel w/rudder (pedal version) - $1499

    DEMOS:
    Native Watercraft Manta Ray 12 - $799
    Liquidlogic Versa Board - $699
    Liquidlogic Coupe - $649
    Jackson Day Tripper 12 - $699
    Jackson Rogue 9 - $749
    Jackson Rogue 10 - $749
    Surftech Generator 106 SUP - $735

    CLEARANCE NEW:
    Hurricane Open Bay SOT - $599 (2)
    Hurricane Open Fisherman Angler - $749
    Hurricane Tampico 140L - $1299
    Surftech Universal ASA 9.6 SUP - $[masked] Native Watercraft Redfish 10 - $[masked] Native Watercraft Redfish 12 - $699
    Native Watercraft Manta Ray 14 - $[masked] Liquidlogic Remix XP10 - $[masked] Liquidlogic Inuit 13.5 - $[masked] Liquidlogic Inuit 14.5 - $899

    January 15, 2014

  • Dan

    If anyone is interested, I have two new Hurricane Open Bay sit-on-tops for $599 each. (Reg. $949) They are made from lightweight Trylon and only weigh 40lbs. (Red or yellow)

    1 · January 15, 2014

    • Cathy B.

      Dan, yes. I have a friend that wants a 12ft SOT under $600. She will be there Sat. How can she reach you?

      January 15, 2014

    • Dan

      Contact me directly at [masked]

      January 15, 2014

  • Kathy J.

    I am bringing several new 5 gal and 2 gal water coolers, pungo rec skirt, Thule Rack Load stops, large dry bag, tent stakes and camping stuff.

    January 13, 2014

    • Justin H.

      Do you know what size the skirt is? I'm looking and could use some of the other stuff as well.

      January 15, 2014

  • Henry E. D.

    For you body surfers (ocean or river), I'm bringing an NRS Whip Body Board ($125).

    January 14, 2014

  • Wanda N.

    I'm looking for a trailer that can hold two or three kayaks. Hoping to find one there. Roof rack won't work for me because I drive a Wrangler with a soft top. Unless someone has a better idea?

    January 14, 2014

  • Mary G.

    Is the address if the sale 10052 reading road

    January 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Mary. It has been a few years, but an easy landmark is the entrance to Formica Corp, which is across the street. And I think there is a traffic light there too.

      1 · January 13, 2014

    • Mary G.

      Awesome thanks guys hey I have a kayak but my friend is looking for something light weight not whitewater that she can use in lakes and rivers any suggestions

      January 14, 2014

  • Ron G

    Lots of equipment and kayaks at the meet.

    Here is my final list of kayaks I am bringing:

    Perception Pacifica 12.0 - $400
    Dagger Blackwater 11.5 - $375
    RTM Mambo (identical to Ocean Kayak Frenzy) - $300
    Wavesport EZ - $125
    Point 65N Tequilla 2 piece single - $550 (demo)
    Ocean Kayak Nalu 12.5 SUP - $650 (new)
    Dimension/Old Town Jolt - $425

    If you can't make it to the meet or want to buy in advance, let me know (saves me from loading another carrier). I will also have paddles, PFD, racks and anything else I can find in my garage that I didn't use last season.

    Ron

    3 · January 13, 2014

    • Kathy J.

      I am interested in an extra PFD.

      January 13, 2014

  • Dan

    Just an FYI, in case you don't find what you want at the meet, or if what you want is already gone, check out lots of used, demo and new clearance kayaks at Great Miami Outfitters. http://www.greatmiamioutfitters.com/Used-Boats-Kayaks/
    Examples:
    13.5 Liquidlogic Inuit - new $[masked] Liquidlogic Inuit - new $899

    January 13, 2014

  • Henry E. D.

    I'll have an Aquaterra Chinook (16' x 24") with rudder. It has deck lines, hatches, thigh braces, etc. At $395, a cheap way to dip your toe in the water of sea kayaking.

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Henry E. D.

    We are going to lay out the swap to optimize the under-roof, heated area for people occupancy. Just uphill from this area will be picnic tables for gear up for sale to be displayed. Around the perimeter on the other sides of the pavilion is the display area for boats (please allow adequate spacing for foot traffic. Buyers will be able to scan offerings from the heated area (I would still dress warmly, as the sides are open) and venture out to inspect items of interest. Indoor rest rooms are in the building across the driveway.
    Boat sellers would be wise to bring blank bill-of-sale forms. You can download from the Files section of the Cincypaddlers website or elsewhere on the internet.

    January 13, 2014

  • Henry E. D.

    In addition to the many low priced used boats, Roads, Rivers and Trails has stepped up to offer a 15% discount on the new one they're bringing, which they anticipate to be:

    Native Watercraft Redfish 12, Angler, Camo, New w/warranty $625

    Liquid Logic Mist 12, Lime, New w/warranty $510

    LL Inuit 12.5, Firebrick, New w/warranty $805

    LL Inuit 12.5 Blue, New w/warranty $805

    LL Inuit 13.5, Ice, New w/warranty $905

    LL Inuit 14.5, Lime, New w/warranty $905

    Wilderness Systems Aspire 100, Red, Paddled Once w/warranty $630

    January 11, 2014

  • Henry E. D.

    How to get the most out of the big Cincypaddlers swap meet on the 18th:

    1. Arrive when it starts (10 am) to get first crack at the prime stuff.
    2. Dress very warmly so you don’t feel rushed. There will be some heat, but…
    3. Boat sellers should bring blank bills-of-sale. They can be downloaded from the Files section of the Cincypaddlers website and elsewhere on the internet.
    4. Sellers should label their stuff with their names in case they’re browsing elsewhere and potential buyers need to call out for them.
    5. Shoppers should bring at least enough cash for a deposit; not all sellers will accept checks.

    January 11, 2014

  • Catherine H.

    I am working a dog show that morning. Though.

    January 8, 2014

  • Catherine H.

    I live immediately adjacent to the Gorman Farm. I walk it's trails everyday with my dog.

    January 8, 2014

  • Renee B

    Good thing I left my kayak rack on the mini-van. I am looking for a small lightweight kayak that I can handle by myself. The sit-on-top is better suited when there is help.

    December 30, 2013

  • dhuneke

    Im bigger guy wat size kayak should i get

    December 29, 2013

    • Henry E. D.

      The first thing to determine is how you'll use the kayak (sea kayaking, whitewater, flatwater, slow moving streams, etc.) because that will tell you which type of boat to get. Within those categories are different sizes to suit paddlers of various proportions. Weight ranges are usually specified and sometimes height. Longer kayaks are efficient for forward movement and are best choices for flat and slow moving water. Shorter ones (under 11') maneuver better and are mostly used for whitewater.

      1 · December 29, 2013

  • dhuneke

    Im bigger guy wat size kayak should i get

    December 29, 2013

  • Ron G

    As info, I will be bringing the following kayaks to sell out of my fleet and also for some friends.

    Dimension (Old Town) Jolt
    Dagger Backwater 11.5
    Perception Pacifica 12.0
    Old Town Rush
    RTM Mambo (French made Ocean Kayak Frenzy)
    Ocean Kayak Nalu 12.5 SUP (NOS)
    Point 65 N Tequila 2 piece SOT (NOS)

    See you there,

    Ron

    December 24, 2013

  • Kathy J.

    Any one wish to car pool from the East Side..... Just let me know. I will have my truck if you wish to buy or sell!

    December 23, 2013

  • Ron G

    Usually a great assortment of kayaks and gear. Well worth the trip.

    December 19, 2013

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