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Old 06-19-2015, 11:27 AM   #41
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Wind may not be a factor where you are, but canoes have enough sail area to make you work like a slave of you need to go against it.
That's a fact. However, I learned a long time ago that if you're fishing by yourself in s canoe and the wind kicks up, get in the center of the canoe and it's much easier to handle.

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Old 06-19-2015, 04:05 PM   #42
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Made a new GoPro mount for my kayak. And took it out for a test run. Kayak is a Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 - a 12' recreational kayak.

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Old 06-19-2015, 06:21 PM   #43
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Nice paddling, I can't paddle that fast
Love the portage technique, gotta love plastic boats!


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Old 06-19-2015, 06:59 PM   #44
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That's a fact. However, I learned a long time ago that if you're fishing by yourself in s canoe and the wind kicks up, get in the center of the canoe and it's much easier to handle.

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I have a 15' Colman canoe that my folks bought for me when I was 14 years old. I used to fish in it backwards (I would sit in the front seat facing the rear) basically shifting the CG by a few feet. Made it much more stable in the wind. I now fish from an Old Town Loon (13') kayak, a lot more pleasant experience...
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Nice paddling, I can't paddle that fast
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I agree - plastic boats are great! They can really take a lot of abuse. As a woodworker and a kayaking newbie, I once thought I would build myself a cedar strip kayak. But after a couple of years in my plastic kayak, I no longer want to build a cedar boat. The cedar ones look very nice, but I wouldn't be able to avoid scratches and other damage that come with ordinary use.


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Ronstar, I quite like the effect of the GoPro mounted at the farthest extent of the bow. Really gives a great impression of speed. How exactly did you mount that? I really don't want to drill into my beloved 18.5 ft Nimbus Telkwa kevlar/fibreglass boat.
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I know what you mean about not wanting to drill fiberglass. I'd be worried about cracking. Luckily, my front strap has a screw that screws into a threaded fitting in the boat. So I attach my Gopro to one end of a 1/2" wide aluminum bar, unscrew the front strap, and rescrew the aluminum bar and the strap back to the boat.
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I know what you mean about not wanting to drill fiberglass. I'd be worried about cracking. Luckily, my front strap has a screw that screws into a threaded fitting in the boat. So I attach my Gopro to one end of a 1/2" wide aluminum bar, unscrew the front strap, and rescrew the aluminum bar and the strap back to the boat.
Ah, I thought that might be the way you did it. My problem is that, like many of the long touring boats, the bow tapers to a narrow point, much like Pinnochio's nose (as is shown in my kayak fleet pic). I know GoPro makes a mount for virtually every situation but I'm racking my brain to come up with an idea for this. I suppose I could apply one of those "sticky" mounts up there somehow...but I've already done this on my deck and I fear for the gel coat when I try to peel it off. Maybe I could try the beefy "clamp" mount - it might just be able hold on to the boats "nose" securely enough. Might try this.

My sea kayaking season gets going in earnest soon - I might be posting some pics/vids on this forum soon. Fingers are crossed for some orca encounters.
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......... I suppose I could apply one of those "sticky" mounts up there somehow...but I've already done this on my deck and I fear for the gel coat when I try to peel it off. .........
In the FG RV world it is common to use 3M VHB tape to hold things on to the gelcoat. Some of it is rated for 100# / sq. inch. You can take it off with a piece of mono filament line. It is not stronger than the gelcoat adhesion. A readily available version is called 3M Extreme and is sold at the big box stores.
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Ah, I thought that might be the way you did it. My problem is that, like many of the long touring boats, the bow tapers to a narrow point, much like Pinnochio's nose (as is shown in my kayak fleet pic). I know GoPro makes a mount for virtually every situation but I'm racking my brain to come up with an idea for this. I suppose I could apply one of those "sticky" mounts up there somehow...but I've already done this on my deck and I fear for the gel coat when I try to peel it off. Maybe I could try the beefy "clamp" mount - it might just be able hold on to the boats "nose" securely enough. Might try this.

My sea kayaking season gets going in earnest soon - I might be posting some pics/vids on this forum soon. Fingers are crossed for some orca encounters.
Whether you go with the clamp or the sticky mount, you may want a tether backup. I used to use the clamp mount on the kayak, and one day my GoPro and clamp mount slipped off and went into the lake and sank. I was at my dock in only 6 feet of water, so I grabbed a rake and was able to fish it out.

The tether is paracord, bought at a big box store. I made some loop ends based on a you tube video. I use this tether for my kayak, pontoon boat, and truck videos.

And yes - Please post videos of your orca encounters!
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:34 PM   #51
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I've had only limited experience with sit on top kayaks in the ocean and canoes on a lake. When using a kayak I want to catch waves; in a canoe I find it more relaxing & calming.
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Depends what you want to do in the "watercraft". I've done this: How to Make Love in a Canoe | Camping Stories from the Wilds of Canada | February 13, 2014 | National Arts Centre but a kayak, that's in the future.

YMMV, Enjoy.
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I am SO excited! I saw it in the store and liked the large compartments- roomy enough for DH's long legs and also roomy enough for another adult holding our granddaughter. I already have a lifejacket for her. A friend with a truck will be picking it up for me since it's 13.5" long.


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Congratulations!!! Let us know how the new kayak's maiden voyage goes.
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Congrats on the sale of the house and the buying of the kayak. Glad to hear that everything is coming together.
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Have fun in your kayak. Looks like a nice one.
Adventures in moving. Congrats and be careful.
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We're starting to settle into the new house; the 2 days of packing and moving were brutal (they don't take liquids and you have to keep following them around and pointing out things they "forgot" to pack, then vacuum afterwards). We had a few days in a hotel between closings and still aren't done unpacking but the kitchen, guest BR and MBR look pretty good.

I took it out the day we moved in.




I ended up getting a great price on the boat- caught it on sale at Dick's for $600. A friend with a truck picked it up and delivered it (I gave her an Amazon.com gift card). That's my son and granddaughter with me; granddaughter LOVED it! The boat was a good choice; it's a bit heavy for me to maneuver alone (67 lbs.) but I can get it in and out of the water. I just wouldn't want to drag it back uphill to take it elsewhere. I'm still happy I got the 2-passenger for a first boat; it's a small, calm lake so I can handle it on the water and there are plenty of friends who want to come over and try it out with me!
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