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Old 07-07-2015, 09:57 AM   #61
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Well done. enjoy! You can alway get a set of wheels for it, makes it easier to drag about. The wheels attach with straps.
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:21 AM   #62
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Well done. enjoy! You can alway get a set of wheels for it, makes it easier to drag about. The wheels attach with straps.
+1 on the wheels. I have an Ascend kayak cart that I bought from Bass Pro. I keep the kayak on the cart all summer. Just wheel it back and forth from the garage to the lake. It's a lot easier than carrying the kayak




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Ok kayakers, which one?
Old 07-19-2015, 10:35 AM   #63
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Ok kayakers, which one?

I really love reading all this about kayaking. Here's my situation:

I took a sculling LTR in the spring and have been sculling 3x/week since April. I love it, I love the sleekness and the simplicity of the sculls BUT I just don't enjoy rowing facing backwards all the time.

The local kayak club (Fort Langley) launches at the same dock as the rowers and I always think they look fun too. I'm going to try a dropin with them.

IF, big if, I was to look at a kayak to purchase, where would I go and what specs should I look for. I thoughts on use are:

-loading on a honda civic by myself
-I'm ~165lbs/male & fairly fit 6' tall
-only a single person ever to use
-no overnights
-just rowing in the Fraser River around Fort Langley for fitness/fun
-budget could be up to 2k or so.....
-what paddles? I heard someone mention "bent shaft"
-is MEC a place to shop?

Any specific advice is more than welcome!!

Thanks for the inspiration!!
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Old 07-19-2015, 11:33 AM   #64
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On a canoe, but why not on a scull?

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Old 07-19-2015, 11:37 AM   #65
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haha, I think I won't bring this up to the scullers at the club!!! Interesting though...
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Old 07-19-2015, 11:54 AM   #66
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Bradner, just on my way out for a 10km trail run, but I can definitely help point you in the right direction in terms of paddling in our wonderful part of the world (southwest BC). I'll revisit the thread when I have some time later.

And yes, kayaking is the way to go.
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canoes are big & heave, hard to load or use by yourself.
kayaks are lighter, faster, & easier to use by yourself.
i bought all my kayaks used at garage sales & craigslist for well under 1/2 cost of new, that way if i don't like it or want a different one i can resell it to recoup all my $.
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first off I'm absolutely do some drop ins with the kayak club just to get a feel for things. thx for taking some time later sea kayaker!!!
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The local kayak club (Fort Langley) launches at the same dock as the rowers and I always think they look fun too. I'm going to try a dropin with them.

IF, big if, I was to look at a kayak to purchase, where would I go and what specs should I look for. I thoughts on use are:

-loading on a honda civic by myself
-I'm ~165lbs/male & fairly fit 6' tall
-only a single person ever to use
-no overnights
-just rowing in the Fraser River around Fort Langley for fitness/fun
-budget could be up to 2k or so.....
-what paddles? I heard someone mention "bent shaft"
-is MEC a place to shop?

Any specific advice is more than welcome!!

Thanks for the inspiration!!
You appear to be Canadian. Why not get a canoe instead and practice doing what only 10% of Canadians (and probably less than zero others) claim to have done in a canoe.

I may never be a 1%er but I may be a 10%er.

YMMV, enjoy.

Look here for inspiration.
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