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Old 07-28-2014, 06:21 PM   #687
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Smile Kayak-beginners

Thank you all so much for the advice. I really appreciate it. So, two SOT 9-10 foot kayaks should do the trick for beginners. I will start looking and doing some research. Shoreline is near us maybe we will go rent some there to get another perspective.

Tim-it's a good thing you finally helped me out, had you not, you would have been telling a totally different proctologist story after Jackson-(just saying!)

Thanks Denise
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:38 PM   #688
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Markdenise,

I would suggest you go to a kayak shop. Look for some local groups or clubs and ask them where they go. Last year my wife and I went to a local shop that was having an open house and demo day.

The owner had picked out two different hulls to try and we told him how it felt and what we liked and didn't like. By the second try he had us zeroed in on what worked for us.

Ours are sit in, and recreational kayaks. We're still learning but are having a blast. We have individual kayaks, and got both for less than $1400, complete with paddles, PFD's and Thule roof racks.

You can find less expensive ones at big box stores, but I doubt you will get much individual help.

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Old 07-28-2014, 08:34 PM   #689
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markdenise,

Here in Atlanta we have a meet-up group (actually several), one called the Atlanta Area Paddlers. You probably have something similar wherever you live, and there will be a host of resources and opinions, and people who may actually provide instruction. I would recommend you do a little local research - there may be some good resources right in your back yard!
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Old 07-29-2014, 10:48 AM   #690
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Chasing some well known fast paddlers. At the 1 3/4 mile mark of 6. I was not expecting the guy in front of me to stop paddling entering the small wave train!
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:44 PM   #691
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Old 07-30-2014, 02:22 PM   #692
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You were all right! There are a lot of kayak places near us! We live on the peninsula south of San Francisco-and lots of folks paddle out on the bay!! Also found lots of rental places and groups. I guess we will have to do some homework this summer. Thank you all so much for the advice.

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Old 08-06-2014, 11:29 PM   #693
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I need some help.

I am a newbie in kayaking. I bought a recreational kayak from my son and have had it out one time back in March. No problems when I took it out. I also bought a like new QCC sea kayak off ebay. It has been like a piece of furniture in the family room (which we rarely use). I had partial knee replacement surgery in April and finally felt comfortable in taking the sea kayak out for the first time today. I had not a clue how it was going to go and I really had some concerns since it is a lot different from the recreational kayak. Well I got it in the water ok, got in the kayak ok, paddled for about 30 minutes and made it back to the dock without tipping it over. Now here is the problem. It felt very tipsy and unstable. Is this because I am so inexperienced and really don't know what I am doing. What do you recommend. Do I just keep paddling to get some experience or should I get some lessons? My daughter lives in Washington, DC and so I could go up there and take some lessons.

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Old 08-07-2014, 12:12 AM   #694
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Dan,
I have a Necky Chatham 17 Sea Kayak that looks similar to yours. They feel like they will tip, but they're actually really stable. I have only tipped mine once in 8 years and that was by choice. Once you relax and get some paddle time under your belt you'll feel a lot more at home in the cockpit. Good luck and happy paddling.
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:34 AM   #695
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We just purchased two Advanced Frame inflatable kayaks. Expedition 13' for me and a 10.5' advanced frame for Debbie. I wanted to be able to travel without racks. Slightly slower than hard frame but not by much. I'm very impressed with versitility and quality. I'll try and post some pics.
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Old 08-12-2014, 05:26 PM   #697
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A Question for Help

A friend just asked me about repairing his Poke Boat. My question is what is the material and how would you suggest repairing it. The skin is very thin, less than a 1/16 and almost looks like a burlap with resin in it.

There are several holes and several spots where the body oil cans more than I would expect to be normal for fiberglass.
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The Poke Boat should be Kevlar as I recall. He may want to contact Poke Boat for repair materials and instructions.

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yup, what Royce said.
My Westside EFT is kevlar/carbon. Tricky to repair as the kevlar demands special attention. lots of info on google about repair.
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Howie;

So did you take on the kevlar repair? I hope you did. let us know...
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