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Posted: 01/23/12 05:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Skip! I'm disappointed in you but will take into consideration that you are from Kansas. Have you guys never seen a 12' solo flatwater canoe paddled by an expert? Or a whitewater playboat paddled by same? Come on down and let's go canoeing. lizzie

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JenniferandJosh wrote:

1mtnman, very nice! Would two fit on the top of a truck? Id like my husband and I to do this as an activity together.


Yes two will fit on top of your vehicle with the standup type racks.

We have a lot of small lakes in Colorado and Wisconsin where we also visit and the Old Town works very nicely. The noticeable round black port by the electronic storage is for a swivel fly rod holder.





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Posted: 01/23/12 06:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There are 2-person kayaks, just as there are 2-person canoes, if a couple wishes to keep to a single craft.

Last summer I tried a Hobie kayak with Mirage Drive. I really liked it and want to buy one eventually. The Mirage Drive is powered by your feet and has 2 flippers that push the kayak along waaay faster than a paddle. It's really fun and comfortable; imagine riding a bike where there are no hills to climb (the lake is always level!) and you can slow or stop to rest anytime you like without tipping over. You can even add a little optional sail to the Hobie, so you have 3 options: paddle, pedal, or sail. They come in inflatable versions, too.

Another similar kayak is the Native Watercraft with the Propel drive; where the Hobie's pedals go back and forth, the Native's pedals go around and around just like a bike's to drive an actual propeller (forward or even reverse), but the Native won't go as fast and supposedly takes more pedal effort due to its gearing.


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There are a great many options in canoes and kayaks with a great rage in prices to match. For lakes, I prefer a canoe. I have a 15 foot Pelican I got for a fair price off of craiglist. I made a wood "rack" that sits in the rear of the truck bed and it supports the canoe in the rear and the front of the canoe sits on a thick foam pad right on top of the cab. It's a two person job but works well.


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J&J,
You've gotten great input from all. I hope I'm not repeating what's already been said. We aren't to say "google it", but some online reviews for kayaks/canoes may be helpfull.http://www.paddling.net/Reviews/ Certainly a test drive or two would help the most. I've heard tandem kayaks/canoes are also called "divorce boats" (HA) so you've been warned! Kayaks perform better in some areas than canoes, and vice versa. I have both. Once you've ridden a few demos, I think you'll have your minds made up pretty quickly.
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I have a 3 person canoe, 2 person ocean kayak "sit on top" and a one person kayak. I love all of mine but each one has it's place. I hear alot of good talk about the inflatables and for a full timer with little room these are popular. Bill


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We're not into WW just like a relaxing cruise but versatility was the main reason we went with a square stern canoe. She's wide and stable, I have no problem standing for casting, can carry a load, it can be rowed, paddled, add a sail, or mount an electric trolling motor. A bit heavy at 80# but still manageable.


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As a kayaker I find it very convenient to be able to carry my kayak by myself. I would not be able to carry a canoe. People I know who have tandem kayaks usually end up selling them. Cumbersome to load, hard to steer and they lead to contention between the paddlers. If you must share a craft, a canoe might be more practical because of increased space. Otherwise, get two kayaks. You can easily load two on your roof.


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Thank you all for your recs! I love how knowledgeable this group is.

And as far as "divorce boats" go, if we can make through backing up the TT into our storage unit, we can make it through anything!


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Short kayaks are useful more in rivers and stream where maneuvering is a priority.
Long kayaks with a rudder are useful in lakes and bays where wind and distance paddled is a priority
A wet kayak has the water occasionally washing over and is not very sinkable
A dry kayak is not unlike a canoe, dryer but can be tipped over and catches more wind

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