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Old 02-17-2011, 11:50 AM   #225
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I want a kayak! And this thread is only making me want one more!
hi catch

stay tuned might have one 4 sale soon here,

pending arrival of the REplacement.

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Old 02-17-2011, 01:20 PM   #226
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:34 PM   #227
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Paddled out to the 1A1 bridge from Little Talbot Island State park campground
this evening. Got back to my trailer just at sunset and saw these posts.
Heading out was tough going into the wind and tide current. Coming back
watching the sunset is what its all about. Colors on the water were awesome.
Orange, purple, silver blue; God I love my kayak.

2air, new boat? Shoot I never got to see your last one. You missed a windy
paddle at Topsail. Howie and company went out to Lion Park In Santa Rosa
Beach and just about got blown off Hogtown bayou. Maybe next year
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what no pix to share with us of the sunset?

dude!

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...2air, new boat? Shoot I never got to see your last one...
hi sky, well this one is a light shade of aqua-camo', so it's nearly invisible...

which is EXACTLY how i like it!

it will make a great starter 4 another landlubber.

yeah, i heard about the windy water at topsail this year.

it was surf'n weather rather than yakn.

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Old 02-18-2011, 10:55 AM   #229
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2air, surfin and yakin go together around here.
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:26 AM   #230
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don't rub it in dude.

youse guys livin' in paradise can go to...



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Old 02-20-2011, 06:59 PM   #231
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don't rub it in dude.

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Old 02-21-2011, 01:21 PM   #232
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Ok, OK, I give up, I can no longer fight it!
I'm cleaning out my truck and designing a rack.

I've had the great fortune of yacking with Doorgunner, even got to paddle his hand built beauty, thanks Tim.

I've done some research and my head is now spinning,
and I have not even started looking into paddles

Recreational: Lakes, lazy rivers, streams and some everglades. maybe some fishing and day trips, maybe an overnight.

Necky rip 10.6
Old Towne Dirigo 10.6xt
Dagger Axis 10.5

What should I be looking at?

I can fit up to 13' in my truck.

I'm 160 lbs, 5'10

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Old 02-21-2011, 01:42 PM   #233
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I've got the Axis 12.0, and like it a lot. We've got a few rivers here with some mild rapids, and it does well on them as well as flat water with the skeg down. (I'm 6', 230) But, I don't do overnighters.
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:43 PM   #234
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Whoa, Michael. Hard to do an overnight in a ten-footer. I'm no expert, but your 3 (below) seem to be river or surfing boats. Those short dudes aren't good for flat water unless they have a skeg or rudder (maintaining directional stability in cross wind or waves requires too much extra paddling). Here's an example of a short kayak that might fill all your desires, except it's a kit (and more expensive than your 3). It's 2" wider than most single sea kayaks, but that gives it nice initial stability for fishing. If you look at the reviews you'll see other really good qualities for both sport and overnighting.

I'm about ready to build a triple. You might even con me into doing one of these at the same time (building two takes about 15% more time than one, due to the interleaving of mechanical work and application of the resin between the two boats). You can see what it takes to build a kit here.

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...Recreational: Lakes, lazy rivers, streams and some everglades. maybe some fishing and day trips, maybe an overnight.

Necky rip 10.6
Old Towne Dirigo 10.6xt
Dagger Axis 10.5
...I can fit up to 13' in my truck.
...I'm 160 lbs, 5'10...
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Hi Michael

I have to side with zep. If you want the ability to cover some water in all sorts
of conditions, I think you need a longer boat. I have a 12 and 16 footer.
When the wind kicks up and the waves start rolling, the 16 has superior
performance to the 12. On calm days or short trips, i take the 12 since it
is so light weight. So, for what its worth, here is my advice.

1) Get the longest and lightest ($$$) you can carry and afford.
2) Be patient and look for a good deal on a used boat. You should be able
to find a much better boat then the ones you listed and for about the same money.
3) Take zeps offer before the wine wears off.
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is this turning into a group buy?

IF building 2 only adds 15% to the time,

a 3rd one will reduce the time spent on 1st build by 30%.

zep LIKES doin' this, i even recall him explaining why...

"like it? well, i don't see why i oughtn't to like it. does a boy get a chance to build a boat every day?"

so come on zep let me whitewash that fence a bit too...



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Old 02-21-2011, 10:40 PM   #237
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3) Take zeps offer before the wine wears off.
The wine never wears off.

And to 2Air, all I can say is that I can only fit 2 kayak builds in the shop at once, so I'll never know how many it takes to reduce the time to zero. And not whitewash, but how about applyn' some varnish?

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2) Be patient and look for a good deal on a used boat. You should be able
to find a much better boat then the ones you listed and for about the same money.
3) Take zeps offer before the wine wears off.
Hey bud,

Finally gonna do it huh? Well first about the paddles, just get a werner rec paddle. either a skagit fg or a tybee fg. Don't waste your money on anything else. These entry level paddles are the best.I use a tybee fg on the river when the flows are low, I'm diggin gravel with it and pushing off rocks all the time. It's my crap paddle, takes lotsa abuse.the carbon comes out for other stuff. I'm only mentioning this cause I've been in the back of your truck!! You also need a rotomolded yak for the same reasons. Are you still thinking about hanging the boat under the truck body? as I recall that was on the drawing board, or have you wised up? I'm thinking the asphalt kickup would "uglify" your yak quickly.I was thinking hang it inside up next to the roof, then you could cut a hole in the front of the box, extend it out a few feet to make room for a nice 16 footer-- like a Valley Avocet!! the new aero piece you would need to make for the hole would improve your milage exponentially to your "yakification".
Whatever you do-- DITCH the 10 footers, like the other boater mentioned,, get the longest you can...
stop by sometime

zeps been smellin the fumes of building and it has done something to him,
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