What are you paddling?

Discussion in 'Paddling' started by Skab, Feb 28, 2011.

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    I just got a new Old Town Next and immediately took it out on Christmas Eve.


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    Dude looks righteous! Almost did the same with my sea eagle. STILL waiting to take it on its first run. waters been froze here in Ohio.
     
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    My Wilderness Ripper Sit on Top Kayak had its premiere with salt water after many years of fresh water, and it liked it!
    and me too :dblthumb:


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    I have a decade old Widerness Tempest 17 foot expedition kayak. It's been paddled on rivers and salt water from Maine to Panama. Some day I'll tell you about being chased by a 5 meter croc in Mexico. The kayak is the one on blue.
     

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    Holy moly! Wayyyyy too rich for my blood. Very, very nice though. :)
     
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    my thoughts exactly
     
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    Not paddling at all, waiting for the ice to melt
     
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    I love being on the water I live on a lake. At the dock I have a 10'flat bottom john boat,14' fiberglass bass boat. For Yacks I have a 14' Old town LL Bean edition and a 10' sit in fishing kayak I use the most don't remember who makes it got it at the pawnshop for 50 bucks
     
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    Not in this life time......sure is nice artistry and most likely fine craftsmanship.....but still it a canoe......if it's just sitting there looking pretty and not getting on the water....then it's just another pretty thing......

    Check their esty store....:eek::22::)
     
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    I have a couple of Sea Eagle 380 inflatables for the kids and I. We pretty much cruise around and fish from them. Great exercise especially since my kids last about 7 minutes and then stop paddling.
     
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    $190,000.00 FOR A CANOE!?!?!?! :eek: One hundred, and ninety THOUSAND dollars!?!?! o_O
     
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    I have a green Old Town Discovery 164. Unfortunately it hasn't been on the water in ages. Almost got it out last year but this year my buddy and I are determined to put her in the water. We actually scouted out a very nice, high mountain stream in WV on a hike two weeks ago that will be primo and should offer some trout fishing and plenty of solitude.
     
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    A Wenonah Adirondack named "Han Solo" and an Old Town Guide 147 named "The Death Star" pictured here on the trip that earned them their name. Mostly I paddle Han Solo as it is much lighter and responsive during exploration outings. For a summer float with friends The Death Star is definitely the go to.
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    I love paddlin! Started in a 9.5 Swifty about 2 decades ago, last year my love bought me an OT Next, it is stable like there's no tomorrow. This is what canoes ought to be!
     
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    Have never seen ice that smooth outside of a hockey rink. Nice!


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    It was good ice. The best ice is fresh with a cold snap and no wind, clear you can see through it, it is also semi thin and caution should be used on such ice. But fresh ice is amazing, and dreamy. On black ice you can gauge the thickness by watching the cracks as you can see the depth of the ice in the crack, its like a ribbon. There are also air bubbles in some ice which show the depth of the ice as well.
     
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    I paddle a Hornbook, a double paddle ultralight canoe made in the Adirondacks, NY. It's 10 ft and weighs just under 15 lbs.
     
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    I ran into a guy on Lake Lila a few years back who had one of the carbon fiber ones. He let me heft it... holy moly was it light. Carried it like you wear a hat, and weighed not too much more than an Army helmet... seriously, I think I it was about 10 or 12 lbs... amazing construction.
     
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    Missing the water right now. This was last May with my three kids (my 2 y.o. girl is up front) in our 14.5' Perception Prodigy tandem. That was one of the best days off from work I ever took. Great memories. IMG_7383.JPG
     
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    That could have been me.....Lake Lila is one of my favorite destinations to paddle.
     
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    Just waitin' for the ice to melt....
     
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    No... the dude was from the Buffalo area... had two kids with him. I ran into him again, coincidentally, at the Bog River/Low's Lower Dam put in almost exactly a year later (4th of July weekend again); he was leaving as I was going in... I recognized the canoe and his kids. Small world at times.
     
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    Old Town is sending me a Royalex Penobscot 17 they have left over in inventory....It's going to be a great summer on the river.
     
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    mine is a 14 ft sports pal I do believe redoing it cat tore up the inside floatation. great fishing canoe very stable
     
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    hey guys what is the right way to size a paddle ?
     
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    There's a little controversy on this. What is not controversial is that overall length is irrelevant to sizing to the paddler. Since blade length varies and you want the whole blade but not the shaft in the water, shaft length is what matters.

    My favorite quick and dirty method is to hold the paddle upside down while standing, with the grip in my palm, holding vertically it as low as I can without stretching or bending, and note where the throat is. I go for the area between my nose and forehead. Some say forehead to hairline, but that won't work at all for me anymore.

    A better way is to sit (or kneel, if that's your preference) in the canoe and measure the shaft length from the ground (again, with the paddle upside down). Now the throat should be about shoulder high or slightly above.

    Best is to check it on the water. With the grip even with your shoulder, the throat should be at water level when held vertical right at the side of the boat.

    This is for a straight shaft recreational paddle. Bent shafts usually are best about 4-6" shorter than your straight shaft length. Most people say whitewater paddles (class 3 and up) should run 2-4" longer. If you use an animal tail paddle, you can err on the side of shorter shaft with little downside.
     
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    Heh. That guide says nothing about canoe paddles, although Werner sells canoe paddles. Guess that's only fair, since my last post was entirely about canoe paddles, although this thread isn't entirely about canoes. ;)
     
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    I paddle a old town 158 discovery canoe. And I got a dagger zydeco 9'. A dagger approach 9'. A perception over flow those last three are kayaks. But my favorite is my Jackson rouge 10 also a kayak.
     
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    I can't recal if I have previously replied. I'm paddling a Wenonah - Wilderness solo in royalex. I love it (my 1st canoe) and paddling in general. I'm still learning the art and only in flat (while not smooth) waters.

    This is the worst weather condition I have paddled so far... Seriously felt dizzy while watching the perfect mirror in those 5 miles. ReflectionsIMG_1541 - K220.jpg
     
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    What kind of effort does it take to get that green beast into the water?? Looks like yea got it trailers?
     
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    IMG_8639.JPG Late winter snow storm is making me think of summer days on the lake.
     
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    Yea 14 degrees about now, I thought is was going to be an early spring...I've got my watercraft sticker right here on the desk for my Old Town Pack ( canoes and kayaks over 10ft need stickers in my state--good for 3 years) thinking I might get out on the water by 1st of May....maybe not???
     
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    I know that certain types (species) of crocs can be very aggressive, it rises all if they are salt water or if it is in season, where food is scarce, or it is close to its young, but that only adds flavor to the Stories or memories. There is nothing like paddling with "surprise included". So I will not stop using kayaks or canoes in watter (rivers, lagoons, or sea) full of piranhas, anacondas, crocodiles, rapids and eddies. I love to know that I'm just passing through, to enjoy to the maximum this time that we are on this planet.
     
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    Hey folks-

    Here's a coupe pics of the wood kayaks my wife and I built a few years ago. The first was on a 2 week trip we took off the west coast of Vancouver Island. Mine is the strip built one in the foreground, hers is a stitch & glue design in the back. The second is a beach in the Queen Charlotte Islands ( Haida Gwaii). We like to get out for 1-2 week trips off the BC Coast.

    My boat is made of cedar strips, glues together and fiberglassed. The design is form plans by Laughing Loon Kayaks, North Star, with a few modifications. It is based on the shape of Aleutian kayaks which were built that way for thousands of years using skin on frame technique. I paddled skin on frame kayaks for many years before building this one in wood, which incorporates alot of custom features for storing gear and traveling in the coastal wilderness. They may look delicate but are really very tough.
     
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    Beautiful baidarka, Yeti! Have you read The Starship and The Canoe?
     
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    Thanks freeme,
    Yes, that is a great book and very inspiring. That one by David Brower and George Dyson's book :Baidarka motivated me to get in touch with George many years ago.

    From that contact, I built 2 skin Baidarka's using George's plans. They have aluminum tubing frames and heavy nylon skin. One is a 18 foot single, the other is a 26 foot three hatch with the sail and the whole works. They are awesome boats and we've paddled them for thousands of miles on many adventures. I'll look for some pics of those and maybe post later.

    I really like the Baidarka's hull shape which is basically a rounded v or multi chine when built skin on frame. It seems to have a great ballance between nimbleness and stability and has great capacity for gear for longer journeys. The wood adaptation of the traditional hull design allows for watertight compartments for storage and bouyancy as well as other built in features like a foot operated bilge pump that I really like. I see there is a thread on boat mods, maybe I will take some pics and post there.

    Glad to see some interest in this type of craft here.

    Keep your keel wet.
     
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    Not near as bad as you would think...lol

    I pull a trailer even for 40lb solo canoe...
    Paddle small rivers usually with some buddies & it makes it nice to be able to shuttle multiple yaks & leave the truck bed for poles coolers etc...
     
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    The yellow was my first kayak that I got last year in the spring which I gave to my husband in July and stole his brand new one Pelican grey one. Not pictured is our 4 person canoe I just got the kids but am thinking about selling/trading it for 2 kayaks instead kayaks.jpg
     
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    I'd love to see some of those photos. I found photos of Dyson style sailing baidarkas under sail on the 'net. Fabulous! And the photos of Dyson's own craft were everything I'd imagined. If I lived near the coast, I would just have to build one.
     
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    17' Old-Town Penobscot. Great canoe that I have had the pleasure to paddle for 20+ years.
    Also have an Old -Town Discovery I use for fishing.
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    This was an older Chestnut 20' I had fixed up and used years ago.
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    Didn't want to start a new thread just for this. A nice compilation of various makes of canoes from traditional birch bark and root to racing. It is getting warmer, kind of.
     
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    I'm paddling a Mohawk Blazer 16 that I got in a trade last summer. I have no idea what year this thing was made but it was basically brand new when I got it. There wasn't a scratch on it. I am also currently looking to pick up a fishing kayak as a new way to enjoy the water.
     

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