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Old 04-25-2012, 12:42 PM   #626
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Great info guys. I'll look into the Dagger as well. The idea of a drop down skeg sounds great, even if I'll be primarily on calm sheltered waters. I'm sure in a few years I'll want to be in some rougher stuff anyway...
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:18 PM   #627
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In an attempt to make visiting my parents in Florida more palatable, we're thinking of tacking on a paddling vacation in the Keys. Anyone ever canoed or kayaked down there (or anywhere else in South Florida)? I imagine it'd be beautiful as hell, and hot as balls.
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:31 AM   #628
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because of the mirage drive? Or does it draw that much?
Yeah, b/c of the paddles underneath. It would be great for trolling on the open water though, because it sucks when you have to stop paddling to eat/drink/grab something and your lines sink instantly.
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:10 AM   #629
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Shameless plug but if any of you are in the tristate area and are looking to try out some boats the shop I work at is having an on water demo all weekend long for free. Last year we had over 50 kayaks out for everyone to try all weekend long. It's completely free and no rsvp is needed. Everything is on sale including paddling tops, paddles, and anything else you can imagine. We ship as well and the sale applies to all that too so if you can't come in I can ship it to you. Just pm me for details.

Well have kayaks from wilderness systems, dagger, perception, impex, current designs, hurricane, and native watercraft. We also have Werner paddles, stholquist, kokatat, immersion research, extrasport, snap dragon, and many more.
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:10 PM   #630
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Paddled in a kayak race today. It was a 10k race that was put on by the local flat water sprinters. I thought there would be a bunch of sea kayaks and surfskiis, but there were only about a brazillian sprinters and a bunch of SUPs. And me. And I was put in the category with the Sprint K-1s.

That was humbling.

I managed to do alright though. All the fast K-1s beat me by a bit, but I finished in the middle of the pack. I had a finish time of just under 55 minutes. I am thinking I should start looking for a used Sprint K-1.
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:53 AM   #631
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In an attempt to make visiting my parents in Florida more palatable, we're thinking of tacking on a paddling vacation in the Keys. Anyone ever canoed or kayaked down there (or anywhere else in South Florida)? I imagine it'd be beautiful as hell, and hot as balls.
I'll let you know next week. We are heading down Wednesday for some yak fishing
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:09 PM   #632
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Got my new kayak in today, heres some pics right after unwrapping it and it getting rained on. Can't wait to get it out on the water.

Yes, that is gold flake in the blue deck. The hull is Carbon Kevlar K-Lite. The Brunton 70P compass should be installed in that recess in the next few days.





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Old 05-08-2012, 07:15 PM   #633
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That's a very nice boat.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:45 AM   #635
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Srsly. Our canoe is a motley mix -- short of being blind and drunk, there'd be no excuse for hitting us. The canoe's yellow (thanks to the Kevlar), my life vest is bright orange, my wife's bright purple. When it's loaded up, our dry bags are red, blue, orange, and yellow. It's an eyesore for sure, but one you can't not see.

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I'll let you know next week. We are heading down Wednesday for some yak fishing
I can has stories now?
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Yeah man, pretty much everything that I buy for boating is bright in color, specifically for this reason (and if you go MOB).
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How did that guy not flip the **** out?
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How did that guy not flip the **** out?
I have no idea. A lot of times it's the result of being in a vulnerable position. Flipping out and angering someone in a boat, while you're in a plastic kayak at water level won't necessarily accomplish much. In fact, you're kind of at their mercy, especially if you're way out from civilization. If this were at the boat ramp, I can guarantee you that I wouldn't have been so kind.
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I've had frat boy dbags "buzz the tower" a few times (as in, full throttle passes at just a few feet from the canoe). Hilarious.
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:31 PM   #640
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Wow that video is nuts. The only place I really kayak that is highly unlikely to happen, but scary nonetheless.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:07 PM   #641
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paperdukie, I'm so pissed I didn't see you guys had a demo going on, me and the wife really would have loved that. Where are you located specifically?
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It's like almost getting hit by a car while on a bike. There's only so much you can do at that very moment. The difference here is that you're surrounded by water on all sides in the middle of nowhere (quite possibly). You might actually end up needing the offenders help for all you know.
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paperdukie, I'm so pissed I didn't see you guys had a demo going on, me and the wife really would have loved that. Where are you located specifically?
In Amityville out on Long Island. You can still try out any boat we have in the rental fleet if you're interested. It's just the rental fee and half goes back to whatever boat you like if you wanna buy one.
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Props to the guy for keeping it together.
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Considering how much regular kayak/canoe carts can cost, that's kind of neat!
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:17 PM   #647
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I can't believe that two ****ing wheels and a few bits of aluminum cost around $100.

I want a canoe cart since I have a lake at the end of my street, but I'm probably going to cobble one together out of scrap wood and some rubber wheels. I can't justify the cost.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:28 PM   #648
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I had a guy on a jetski buzz me three times. I took a swing at him with my paddle on the third pass. It was pretty close to being a hit. He left me alone after that.
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I called the coast guard once on a guy who was harassing the crap out of a group of people we were taking across the bay. Guy got caught a few min later and was given a dwi.

That's why I always carry the VHF with me. We even towed a motorboat back to the gas dock once when we heard him calling on the radio lol.
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So...do kayak fishing pics go in the kayak thread or the fishing thread?

Saw these guys everywhere, one of them even came right up to the gunwale!




My gf cast a bit long and got hung up on the bank. So, I jumped out, untangled her, and a 3-4ft Cottonmouth shot out from a few feet from where my foot was. He was hiding out in a clump of grass. I jumped and almost fell in the creek it startled me so much.





We finished up the day by seeing this guy snorkeling among the snakes and everything else that we saw. To put this in perspective, he was a good mile or more from solid ground. Everything was muck 2-3ft deep, so he either waded or he swam through that. No thanks!

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