Any Kayakers?

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  1. medea macrumors 68030

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    How many of you kayak or even canoe?
    I love kayaking around here but I'm tired of renting. I think my wife and I will be purchasing some kayaks of our own real soon. Neither of are too hardcore right now, still beginner to intermediate. Right now it looks like we'll get a couple of Emotion Chargers which looks to be a nice sit on top at a decent price.

    Question though, does anyone use a kayak with rudders and what is your experience with them?
     

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  2. whocares macrumors 65816

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    Yes, but whitewater/freestyle. :eek: :D
     
  3. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    used to compete in flatwater sprint (K1, K2, K4 500M and 1000M)
    and had a nice ocean kayak, then I beached myself the wrong way and ripped the bottom off it...
    Where I live its really great for kayaking, rental isnt too bad either , weekend with proof of residency is $15 for two kayaks, paddles and life jackets.
    One of my old neighbours build himself a wooden kayak, it was pretty sweet and handled well.
     
  4. medea thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Geez, if rental prices were that low here I wouldn't mind it. I just paid $60 for two kayaks for one full day with jackets and paddles of course.

    I'm interested in whitewater when I move up to Oregon. For now flat water is cool with me.
     
  5. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    Yeah kayak canoe and boat rentals are pretty cheap here since everyone and their dog seems to have them. I would get another but no place to store them.
    now mountain bikes go for insane prices but well worth it on the trails.

    Whitewater can be fun but requires special gear that is pretty useless on flatwater and ocean.

    "surfing" with an ocean kayak is a blast though...
     
  6. medea thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Kayak surfing seems pretty rad. Do the "real" surfers or should I say board surfers mind the kayaks?
     
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    I've always wanted to build a Chesapeake Light Craft to use for fishing around here...alas, I don't have a garage or work space.

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  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I went through a phase last year where I was *obsessed* with kayaking. I really wanted a closed-top kayak (because we have a lake here that's University owned, and I can use sit-on-top kayaks for free there). *le sigh* I need to get back to kayaking. It's soooo much fun.

    When you say one with a rudder, you mean an adjustable rudder? I'm sorry, I am so not down with boating terminology. :( I've never used one with any sort of tiller on it. Does this kayak have a tiller? And why would you need one in a kayak? (Not to be derisive at all ... I just ... again, am a n00b) Kayaks already turn on a dime with just the paddle, so I don't see why you would want one.
     
  9. whocares macrumors 65816

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    1. Sprint kayaks don't turn on a dime ;)
    2. To keep on course in a sea kayak when the wind is up.
     
  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    That makes sense. Thank you! :)
     
  11. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Yeah I used to whitewater/freestyle in a Perception Whip-It.

    I've done more canoeing though...I can do a large number of different solo and paired strokes and I've pushed a canoe just about as far as you can in whitewater on a 50 mile paddle. :D
     

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  12. jakochampolska macrumors 6502

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    I've just started kayaking, and I think its my new favorite thing to do :)
     
  13. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    That kayak is getting me hot. :eek: *goes to take a cold shower*
     
  14. whocares macrumors 65816

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    That's a seriously oldschool freestyle kayak. ;) :p :p :p
     
  15. neocell macrumors 65816

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    I have a couple of ocean kayaks, unfortunately not used much anymore, though hopefully soon to be. Both have rudders, used them mostly for cruising around a lake at home. Would go out for a few hours, sometimes longer, finding secluded areas, lots of fun. Hopefully this fall or next spring I when I get home I'll get a chance to do the broken group.
     

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  16. medea thread starter macrumors 68030

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    ^That looks like a spectacular area to kayak around.

    If any of you make it over here to Florida The Calusa Blueway is quite beautiful. http://www.greatcalusablueway.com/
    Paddling through the mangroves is awesome.
     

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  17. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    No board surfers around where I Kayak
    the only way you can get to some of the place is by boat/kayak
    plus I generally paddle during the winter and off season so no chance of hitting other people , though sailboats and kayaks tend to have disagreements. :D oh and cargo ships dont like it when I pass by them or ride their wake...fun though...
     
  18. whocares macrumors 65816

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    British Colombia + surf + cargo boats = Skookumchuck?

    If so, you're a lucky bastard. :D
     
  19. neocell macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, it's a pretty nice place. Unfortunately when I lived there I just took it for granted and didn't actually "use it" that much. Now that I've been gone for so long I'm just itch'n to get back. Only 2 more months. :)
    Tired of this flat desolate wasteland. :(

    **OFF TOPIC**

    whocares how did you get your backwards location?
     
  20. whocares macrumors 65816

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    I believe this might help if you're using Safari: ⌥+⌘+U ;)
     
  21. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Hey now...:rolleyes: :p


    I actually chose it over some other ones because, for whatever reason, it fit me incredibly well. While I felt kind of awkward in the other ones I tried (don't remember which ones...) the Whip it fit my like a fracking glove. I mean perfectly. I had much more control with it than the others I tried....so the choice was relatively simple. I haven't really been in touch with the kayak world in a while, so I don't know what has surfaced. ;)
     
  22. neocell macrumors 65816

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    Impressive
    I remember a while back Doctor Q and iGary were going on about how to insert different text etc. I don't know the appropriate codes, and didn't find a good list, but obviously you've got a handle on it.
    Nice effect :)

    Location:noitаɔo˩
     
  23. medea thread starter macrumors 68030

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  24. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Ancient thread bump, but...

    I went to a kayaking demo this weekend and spent about two hours + trying out about six different kayaks on a lake. I tried pretty much all touring / sea kayaks, including two with skegs and three with rudders. Oh my, I think I'm in love! It's so amazing to be in the right kayak vs. whatever has been available for rental... ahhh, bliss. :)

    And there goes buying a new Mac. :p
     

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