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Old 09-01-2010, 11:07 PM   #211
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I have a 2008 Jeep Commander Sport and needed to get a rack system to transport my kayak a tarpon 120, My Commander came with the top rails, but not the cross bars. So I purchased a Thule system, that consisted of the adapter plates, mounts and cross bars along with the kayak saddles. I got the square bars because that have a neat little system that inserts into the square tubbing, that can greatly assist in the solo loading of a kayak. The system was installed and we went out to the Big Bend for a Trip down the Rio Grande, While there after dropping the AS off at Rio Grande Village, I was transporting the kayak ontop of the jeep in the racks down River Road, a rough high cleareance road, nothing that the jeep could not handle, but the thule rack system was distroyed, coming apart causing the kayak to come off and damage the Jeep roof, and tailgate. The Thule mounts have plastic inside, the plastic could not take the rough roads, The system is good for paved roads but if going off road I would suggest that you not get the Thule racks, I am going with Jeep bars in the future, they cost a little more. The repair was over 2600 dollars, the roof was dented and scratched, the rear hatchback and bumper was also damaged. The kayak was well within the weight limits of the rack at 1g, but going airborne flying down a rough road as a jeep is capable of , the thule racks could just not take the beating.
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:00 AM   #212
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Great boats folks...We're off to the Pac Northwest, Redwoods, Olympic NP and Seattle area, paddle safe!
Bob, you sure got those boats loaded close to your Airstream! At first glance, I thought maybe they were just short.

If you like the Olympic area, we may see you up there some day. Have you paddled the Hoh river? Anyone else?

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Old 09-08-2010, 10:02 AM   #213
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...what's with the luggage tag on the bow of the boat?...
Those are the park passes. I wouldn't want you to think we checked the boats on United....

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Old 09-08-2010, 04:39 PM   #214
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We just got a Hobie Tandem Adventure Island and are car topping it.



Here's the catalog view of it all put together.



So far it's a blast and we are loving it. Haven't used the kayak yet without the amas/outriggers and sail because we're still having too much fun sailing it.

We have a yakima rack system, and three cross bars. The back one is a straight bar with a pad, and the front two bars have the cradles made by Hobie for putting on a trailer...we just adapted them to fit onto the yakima bars. Works great!
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:19 PM   #215
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We just got a Hobie Tandem Adventure Island and are car topping it.



Here's the catalog view of it all put together.



So far it's a blast and we are loving it. Haven't used the kayak yet without the amas/outriggers and sail because we're still having too much fun sailing it.

We have a yakima rack system, and three cross bars. The back one is a straight bar with a pad, and the front two bars have the cradles made by Hobie for putting on a trailer...we just adapted them to fit onto the yakima bars. Works great!
Susan and I started out with a tandem, but had to trade it in on two sports, because we seemed to always want to go different directions.

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Old 09-08-2010, 08:24 PM   #216
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We just got a Hobie Tandem Adventure Island and are car topping it.
OH MAN! I am eating my heart out
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:59 PM   #217
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I have 2 Advanced Elements/Advanced Frame inflatables with the backbone for sale. Tandem is $350 and single is $250, or both for $500. They fit in rubbermaid containers and go INSIDE the Airstream or bed of pickup or trunk of car. Google their website and check them out.
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Bob, you sure got those boats loaded close to your Airstream! At first glance, I thought maybe they were just short.

If you like the Olympic area, we may see you up there some day. Have you paddled the Hoh river? Anyone else?

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Rog,
Just back this afternoon, Hoh was beautiful, wayyyy too many places to paddle, weather was not with us but the area was fantastic. Our first venture to this area, we'll go back!
Rudder to AS is looks like 6" but is about a foot, I've tried it in the worst of dips and curves, plenty of room...
We'll post some pics, and even got some fishing in!
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:15 PM   #219
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Just back this afternoon, Hoh was beautiful, wayyyy too many places to paddle, weather was not with us but the area was fantastic. Our first venture to this area, we'll go back!
Rudder to AS is looks like 6" but is about a foot, I've tried it in the worst of dips and curves, plenty of room...
We'll post some pics, and even got some fishing in!
I'd love to discuss Hoh river. I try to get to Kalaloch at least once a year, but never had a kayak before, so I never looked into the paddling there. I took this photo of Kalaloch a few years ago.

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Bandon beach is approximately where I saw my first Pygmy kayak and "just had to have one."

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How's your Safari coming along? I got mine home just a day before I set out for Burning Man. It was great, as usual. Unfotunately there weren't any kayak-themed mutant vehicles, so no photos here.

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Old 09-13-2010, 12:18 PM   #220
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No one ever said we travel light. Three large dogs, 2 very long kayaks (Hobbie peddles on this trip), all the stuff that goes w/it. Food for an army of friends, beer for that army and more new friends.
This is us leaving our site in May at Trap Pond State Park in DE. It's a quiet place w/great access to the water and a good day's worth of fun on the water. Turtles everywhere, birds and an East Coast Cypress Forrest, which is remarkable.
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Old 10-11-2010, 04:31 PM   #221
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The summer of kayaks and Airstreams is drawing to a close. Darn. But it was a great summer, maybe the best ever. With an Airstream as home base, you can really get to a lot of great paddling places!

Paddling Bowron Park, B.C., was OK, but it was a long drive for paddling a place that has many equals in the lower 48. The one thing I can say is that the people we met were the best.

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A short day paddle on Tomales Bay only whetted our appetite to go back. The weather wasn't the best, but we were cozy in dry suits. The headline in the local paper was "More White Sharks than Usual" in the bay, which is the white shark nursery for the Pacific. We worked hard not to look like seals...

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Longer day paddles on Lake Powell changed my mind totally about going there. It's not just for power boats anymore. Sometimes the canyons were too narrow for even a kayak. The first shot is a campsite near the Paria contact station, west of Lake Powell.

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Old 10-11-2010, 10:25 PM   #222
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As always, nice pics of places we gotta go visit!

Wow!
Looks like some great paddles my man... Northwest pics with the mountains look fantastic. Your boats look pretty slick.
We've been wanting to get up to Powell, your photos just add to the "gotta go" factor...Thanks for sharing!
Zep, not seeing any rod holders on your boat though...
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Old 10-12-2010, 01:08 PM   #223
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Just sold our canoe because we cant fit all 5 of us in it anymore but I love to get out and paddle on the water so we are looking for alternatives. I want something I can load and carry myself that will accomodate all of us. I was thinking about two inflatable Kayaks/canoes. Any recomendations?
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I was thinking about two inflatable Kayaks/canoes. Any recomendations?

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so whats everybody doing??
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building something?
I've already started training for my 3rd team triathalon in july.
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