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Old 05-22-2008, 04:32 PM   #43
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What does anyone know about the Pelican kayaks? Good for a beginner?
I just checked out their web site, Sit on tops are pretty much for the beginner, novice. Many rentals are sit on tops.
Their line of recreational kayaks are pretty beamy for their length and appear to be flat bottomed, this would indicate stability, good for a novice.

you didn't indicate your use intentions, so I would recommend trying one out.Most outfitters have demo days in the spring, and their suppliers bring their line of boats for you to try,
This is a great way to investigate your needs, comfort zone, etc.
Once you get into it you will find that you will want more than one boat!!
Any way have fun, see you on the water.
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Old 05-26-2008, 11:59 AM   #44
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I've been eager to post on this thread for sometime now but alas had no photos. I would, however, like to share one of my favorite places to go sea kayaking. Post number 37 of the following thread contains a brief description of kayaking on the bayside of Padre Island National Seashore. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f386...ore-28049.html
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Old 06-07-2008, 10:00 AM   #46
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I ran across these photos yesterday. It's a 45 lb stitch and glue built 17' that I was seeing how fast one could be built. 21 days from start to float. Not the most beautiful boat but it does paddle well.
I'm still looking for some photos of the strip built 14'
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Old 06-10-2008, 08:10 PM   #47
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Vernon- how in the world did you manage to go down the slide and plop into the pool without even a ripple??
I was lookin thru some old pics and found these 2 of the only fresh water river in Hawaii, guess which island!
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I found this bike pulley system at harbor fright the other day for $7, half off the $14 price. It's a lot cheaper than the Harken system! I added the J hook, made up a funky mounting plate and screwed it to the rafters. Works just fine, the line supplied is small diameter but sufficient in strength. The lock works good also. I do support the yak with webbing to the rafters once it's hoisted. Just a public service announcement. Paddle, get out and Paddle then post pics!!
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Old 07-04-2008, 12:06 PM   #49
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For those into whitewater kayaking, here's a clip of Corey Volt ripping it up on the Yampa near Steamboat Springs. (It's from a documentary film I'm working on.)

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http://www.warriorsfilm.com/clips/corey_volt_kayak.mov
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We travel with two polyethylene Current Design Breeze kayaks 13' 6' long x 25" wide, 59 lbs. Pics of boats in transit mode and kayaking with "friend."
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:47 AM   #51
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Here's a few kayak pics from Morro Bay, CA on the 4th of July. Had a nice time and saw lots of different birds, some sea lions and sea otters. Morro Bay is a great place to kayak. You can go up into the back bay and see lots of wildlfe or go up into the harbor and kayak among the boats. The tidal current can get very strong, and the back bay turns into a mud flat at low tide, so plan your trip accordingly! The green kayaks are our fishing kayaks and the orange ones are rentals.
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I found this bike pulley system at harbor fright the other day for $7, half off the $14 price. It's a lot cheaper than the Harken system! I added the J hook, made up a funky mounting plate and screwed it to the rafters. Works just fine, the line supplied is small diameter but sufficient in strength. The lock works good also. I do support the yak with webbing to the rafters once it's hoisted. Just a public service announcement. Paddle, get out and Paddle then post pics!!
I mounted two of those in the garage over the last few weeks. I paid the big bucks ($14.99) at Wally-World for mine. The diameter of the cord was a bit scary, so I screwed in a couple of eye screws into the ceiling joists and used the Yakima straps from the kayak carrier to protect the hoods of our two vehicles from falling boats.
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:48 PM   #53
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Wow, how'd I miss this thread. Nice idea to have one going like this.

We have 5 Kayaks (no I'm not obssesive).
One Tandem, 2-9 foot inflatables and 2-9 1/2 foot inflatables.

Can't post a pic tho, get a system message exceeded my limit?...

Just haveta check it out here

New 91/2 footers

Tandem and an inflatable
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:53 PM   #54
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Roadways to waterways....

nothing better in life!

Peter and I picked up our Georgians 15.5' Clear Water Design (nothing special) several years ago. And have popped in them here and there when we had the time.

This year - after the terrible winter our poor dock is in deperate need of repair - thus our 21' cruiser is still sitting on her trailer on our Drive - so we are getting out a lot more in the kayaks.

It is great exercise and a fun way to get out on the lake - Without the price of Gas.

I love to take photos and was not too comfortable in the thin long set up - although nice and fast -I tried it once and was almost in the drink several times!!

I figured life needs to slow down a bit and get a bit more comfortable - so I bought a new Old Towne 120 Dirigo from LLBean.

Happy Day unpacking the new Yak....
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I absolutely love it - it is so stable and still tracks quite nice. She drifts in the wind but then most boats do!! even our cruiser - nature of the beast on the water

I need to trade up to a longer paddle - so maybe going to the fiberglass instead of aluminum for weight.

We live on Stoney Lake in the Kawarthas, Ontario so we have an amazing place to go Kayaking. 100's of rivers and small lakes surround us- that we hope to spend some more time out on the water and shooting wildlife.

Peter in his Georgian and myself in the Dirigo. I still have my Georgian but will be selling it I think - no sense having two - it is a teal blue. - Anyone interested you can PM me. I am heading into the States next week some time to the MI OH area.
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Jim Clark's got one & it's in Airstream Life this month:

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Old 07-10-2008, 04:39 PM   #56
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Skin-on-frame kayak I built last year for one of our granddaughters. Length of an Inuit kayak is three handspans of the paddler, and beam is hip width plus two fists.
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