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Old 10-12-2011, 03:59 PM   #323
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:08 PM   #324
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Again?

Didn't Uwe's Airstream take a ballon strike last year?
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:16 PM   #325
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overhead rack storage

way back I posted a few pics on a bicycle rack for overhead storage of one kayak at a time.
I've been using a newer system for about 6 months, then I purchased a second unit last summer. It's a Racor Ceiling Storage Lift. Costco has them on sale oct 17- nov13. $100 plus freight and tax if applicable. I have NO ties to Costco. just showing what I believe to be a great kayak storage solution. This rack has a weight limit of 250 lbs. more than enough for a few yaks. The toughest part of the install was locating the sheetrocked over beams.
I leave the forward strap attached all the time, just slide the boat into it and then attach the aft strap. The garage door gets in the way somewhat so I must keep the boats below it. this is not a problem as I use the platform on top of the lift to hold my building supplies. just passing along the info, hope someone benefits.
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Old 10-15-2011, 04:26 PM   #326
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way back I posted a few pics on a bicycle rack for overhead storage of one kayak at a time.
I've been using a newer system for about 6 months, then I purchased a second unit last summer. It's a Racor Ceiling Storage Lift. Costco has them on sale oct 17- nov13. $100 plus freight and tax if applicable. I have NO ties to Costco. just showing what I believe to be a great kayak storage solution. This rack has a weight limit of 250 lbs. more than enough for a few yaks. The toughest part of the install was locating the sheetrocked over beams.
I leave the forward strap attached all the time, just slide the boat into it and then attach the aft strap. The garage door gets in the way somewhat so I must keep the boats below it. this is not a problem as I use the platform on top of the lift to hold my building supplies. just passing along the info, hope someone benefits.
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:42 AM   #327
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Advice - which 'yak?

Would like to add a tandem kayak to the collection of toys to enjoy with my 7 year old son.

I have been reading reviews, etc., and have sorta keyed in on the following three options. If you have any thoughts on these or any other options/brand loyalties, I would appreciate it if you'd share them.
  • Ocean Kayak Malibu Two XL
  • Hobie Kona
  • Old Town Dirigo Tandem Plus
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I had a OK Malibu 2. easy to swim from as it's a sit on top. It is easy to paddle, has a ton of stability but is slow from point a to b. This seems to be the all around rental kayak. Lots of gently used ones out there.
The Hobie is about the same. I've not paddled it.
The Old Town is a sit inside.It has a unique cockpit arrangement. It will FILL with water if capsized.
Most all these entry level kayaks are similar. I would visit 2 or 3 local shops and see what they have in stock.Now is a good time to buy. Most importantly get good PFD's and wear them.
BTW the 3 choices you posted are all well known companies, it's just what you want. Liquid Logic has some other things as well as wilderness, heck there's so many out there--- let's face it it's just roromolded plastic. I'm sure you will find something to enjoy your time with the family on the water.What I see with tandems is that it's a great way to get family time, then the kids want to venture out on their own, so be prepared to get a single next season. lol
post a pic with the kid's big grin when you get a chance!
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I had a OK Malibu 2. easy to swim from as it's a sit on top. It is easy to paddle, has a ton of stability but is slow from point a to b. This seems to be the all around rental kayak. Lots of gently used ones out there.
The Hobie is about the same. I've not paddled it.
The Old Town is a sit inside.It has a unique cockpit arrangement. It will FILL with water if capsized.
Most all these entry level kayaks are similar. I would visit 2 or 3 local shops and see what they have in stock.Now is a good time to buy. Most importantly get good PFD's and wear them.
BTW the 3 choices you posted are all well known companies, it's just what you want. Liquid Logic has some other things as well as wilderness, heck there's so many out there--- let's face it it's just roromolded plastic. I'm sure you will find something to enjoy your time with the family on the water.What I see with tandems is that it's a great way to get family time, then the kids want to venture out on their own, so be prepared to get a single next season. lol
post a pic with the kid's big grin when you get a chance!
Doorgunner - thanks for the info. This morning I found a gently used Liquid Logic Deuce Coupe with some gear on craigslist that I am going to check out.

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Old 10-20-2011, 12:18 PM   #330
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Lake Powell

You can boondock for free on the south side of highway 89, west of the dam. It's great being near wahweap, and us old persons can kayak for free, too.

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You can't camp overnight at the Antelope Marina, but you can park for free for 14 days and camp just across the lake on the nearby island. Presumably you could sleep in a tent on the island and then paddle back to your Airstream to eat and provision for another day of paddling. aS you can see here, you can park in full view from the island and can paddle directly to the shore near your parking spot, without having to go around the point to the marina launch ramp.

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The Antelope arm of the lake is interesting, but only has sandy landing spots in the first third of its length. After that you have to go all the way to the end, which is muddy at best.

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Over in the Wahweap Bay area, the rocks are not so red and you can dry camp right on the beach. I think I still prefer the dispersed free camping on the other side of the highway--no dogs, no kids, no music.

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Anyone interested in a small Airstream/kayak rally at Lake Powell next year? The boondock area in the first photos above has room for 5-6 campsites within 300 yards of each other, and has a reasonable view of the Wahweap arm of the lake. We're parked at point 1, which is about 1/4 mile off the highway.

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Old 10-20-2011, 12:54 PM   #331
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Have you stayed @ "Lone Rock Beach " ? We Stayed @ Wahweap /May 2010 and kayaked Labyrinth Face and West Canyons. Beautiful !! Very nice .Very Few People. Had a great time. Would like to go back. What month would you like to do the trip ?
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Thaks for the correction, Wahweap is the stores-hotel-marina place. I really meant Lone Rock. That's where you can boondock on the shore.

I think after school starts in the fall--fewer cigarette boats trying to run you over, lots fewer campers (and most of them are older and have quit listening to heavy metal), and the water is warm enough that you don't have to wear any cold water protection.

Another great thing about planning to be in the area for a few days is that you can always go down to the Paria Contact Station, about 25 miles west, and sign up for the lottery to hike to the Wave.

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Have you stayed @ "Lone Rock Beach " ? We Stayed @ Wahweap /May 2010 and kayaked Labyrinth Face and West Canyons. Beautiful !! Very nice .Very Few People. Had a great time. Would like to go back. What month would you like to do the trip ?
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we'ld be interested--- will wine be involved??
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:52 PM   #334
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Anyone interested in a small Airstream/kayak rally at Lake Powell next year?

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We planned to head west next fall anyway.

Excellent idea Zep!

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We are interested in a trip to Lake Powell next year. Wahweap appears to be a very nice site. In general we know little of LP, but are there any other areas of LP for kayaking that avoid a lot of speed boat traffic? Any advice is welcomed. ?'s on water temps, water levels during the year, camping preferences.......Thank you...Zigi
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Lots of Lake Powell data can be found here. Look in the upper right corner and click on "detailed map" for a very nice PDF of the whole recreation area.

I think there are more fast boats in the south part of the lake. As you go north it's more houseboats and bass fishermen. My limited experience in the Wahweap area is that the powerboats are pretty respectful, if they see you, which might be a big "if."

I'll post more info on kayak possibilities, later.

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