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RE: [bay-areakayakers] Would Like Kayak and Related Equipment Recommendations

From: Joy
Sent on: Sunday, May 30, 2010 4:36 PM
My recommenation?  Choose a kayak that's not too short & stubby....to me, they "wander" a lot in the water. Also a skeg or rudder is so very, very handy as to be almost an essential...you'll be so glad you did. Helps the kayak track straighter in the water, so that you're not exerting all you energy in just "steering" the kayak. Be SURE to try out a kayak before you buy to see how it behaves in the water...the free demo days offered by each retailer are great for this...a boat's looks don't say a lot.  I love my Necky Eliza (15 ft with rudder)...made for a woman's frame...lighter weight than many. I also have a Wilderness Systems Cape Horn 15...also great. You will probably also find important: a cockpit that's not too wide and is made with bracing pads or contours helps you paddle efficiently without getting as tired...gives you something to brace against as you paddle.  Good luck. (been paddling about 14 years on estuaries, slow rivers, bay, lagoons etc)
 
Joy
 

From: [address removed]
To: [address removed]
Subject: [bay-areakayakers] Would Like Kayak and Related Equipment Recommendations
Date: Sun, 30 May[masked]:52:58 -0400

Hi Everyone,
 
I'm about to decide on a kayak purchase (and related equipment). I am a newbie, although not an absolute beginner, and I imagine paddling this on inland lakes, sloughs, the S.F. Bay, and protected coastal areas for no more than a half-day excursion or so.
 
I was thinking about a kayak between 9.5 and 12 feet (and about $600 to $800).  I've been eyeing REI's 10.5 foot Necky Manitou and am also considering used kayaks. (Also, I prefer a kayak without a fairly large/wide cockpit area, e.g., a lot of the Old Town kayaks I've seen).
 
Any recommendations/experiences (not only on kayaks but paddles, PFD's, other necessities) would be very appreciated, and might be useful to others considering a purchase.  Thank you to Jery and Kevin for their rack tips, and thank you in advance to anyone replying to this post. 
 
~Mark, aka MAGman


--- On Thu, 5/27/10, Kevin T <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Kevin T <[address removed]>
Subject: Re: [bay-areakayakers] Jerry Olson added a post
To: [address removed]
Date: Thursday, May 27, 2010, 6:18 AM

I rented a tandem hard shell kayak in Hawaii and they just used pool noodles with the winching straps you can get at Walmart.  I saw some shops use four total noodles, two in the front and two in the back.  My shop just used one in the front and one in the back. It was just a few miles to the sea and there were no freeway involved.

Here's a picture of it:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_FEk0CG48jwg/S-vFBCHar8I/AAAAAAAAAEU/jTQzf-kvZd8/s1600/DSC00379-2.JPG

 Just like the one Jerry mentioned, the straps go through the inside of the car. It is nice if you have an SUV with plenty of headroom.  If you have a car with a lower ceiling, the straps might be a bit annoying since it will be near the the top of your head.

Kevin


On Wed, May 26, 2010 at 10:40 PM, Jerry Olson <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi everyone, a few folks have asked about a simple solution for roof racks for your kayak. Check out the address below for an inexpensive solution.

www.rei.com/product/662048




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