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How to pick a kayak

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Offline homerboy2u

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Re: How to pick a kayak
« Reply #30 on: April 01, 2008, 03:32:08 PM »
Guys...a friend on another chat board is highly recommending this model: Featherlite 12 . He states tha it breaks water well, has a good hull and you can stash a lot of gear in there. What do you think?

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Re: How to pick a kayak
« Reply #31 on: April 01, 2008, 05:55:57 PM »
It looks like a really versatile design Homero.  I don't have any experience with Heritage boats but have heard good things about them.  Both of my boats are 12 footers too.  I like that size because they're easy to haul in my pick-up so I didn't have to buy a rack, and also fairly easy to load and carry to the water.  Next we'll hear that you bought it and are planning to attend our 2nd Annual East Texas Benders Kayak rendezvous.  Right :icon_biggrin:

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Ray52

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Re: How to pick a kayak
« Reply #32 on: April 01, 2008, 06:03:03 PM »
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Here is a pic of my son and I on the Brazos

What a cool picture LF.  My son and I have a lot of great memories from our times together in a canoe and more recently in our kayaks.  Now if I can just convince him to go to Big Bend with me and hike the South Rim before I'm too old.

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Offline homerboy2u

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Re: How to pick a kayak
« Reply #33 on: April 01, 2008, 10:24:54 PM »
Yeap, bet on it. That is the reason i don't have too much money to throw away,and i want to buy me the best possible kayak at the best price. Patience can be a good virtue. Still reading your comments fellas.
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Re: How to pick a kayak
« Reply #34 on: April 02, 2008, 09:11:43 AM »
Homero, I've seen that boat at Academy stores.  It seems like a pretty nice boat and it's very inexpensive.  I've been looking around for a 2nd boat to have so I can take another person paddling with me, that one is definitely on my radar. 
WATER, It does a body good.

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Re: How to pick a kayak
« Reply #35 on: April 04, 2008, 05:27:01 PM »
The Heritage line of boats is just fine.  The Pelican line is not.  The few Heritage boats I have seen in the water tracked well without a lot of effort.  The Pelicans did not. Thats my opinion only.

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Re: How to pick a kayak
« Reply #36 on: April 07, 2008, 03:44:54 PM »
Yeap, bet on it. That is the reason i don't have too much money to throw away,and i want to buy me the best possible kayak at the best price. Patience can be a good virtue. Still reading your comments fellas.

How did I miss this thread?  Homero, like me, you seem to have a really good liquid grain storage facility.  Make sure the boat can handle the weight and is above all, comfortable. The other consideration is sit on top or sit inside.  As a young man, I liked the sit inside type, but now that I'm older, and less flexible, I like the sit on top style.  They are cooler to use in summer than the sit inside also.  If you ever wet exit, the sit on tops are easier to remount, IMO.  Some of the best advice I ever gave a friend who was kayak shopping, and that he actually followed, was to buy one of each kind.   No regrets and he just got his third one.   I recommend a good kayak paddle also, plus maybe a take down type to carry as a spare. 

Full disclosure, I don't own one, just been doing my research for 18 years since I spent 3 weeks sea kayak touring in Baja California Sur.  Somewhere in there I had a kid that sort of sidetracked the fun money.  Maybe I'll get myself a kayak for my kid's high school graduation gift....

Craigslist-Austin usually has a lot of used kayak listings.
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Re: How to pick a kayak
« Reply #37 on: April 08, 2008, 08:57:44 PM »
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Here is a pic of my son and I on the Brazos

What a cool picture LF.  My son and I have a lot of great memories from our times together in a canoe and more recently in our kayaks.  Now if I can just convince him to go to Big Bend with me and hike the South Rim before I'm too old.

Ray52,
I am finally getting my son to Big Bend this weekend. (April 11-14)
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"...There is a pessimism about land which, after it has been with you a long time, becomes merely factual. Men increase; country suffers. " John Graves 'Goodbye to a River'

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Re: How to pick a kayak
« Reply #38 on: April 16, 2008, 06:03:25 AM »
So how did it go LF?  My guess is "awesome".  Would love to hear your report.

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Offline lighter fluid

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Re: How to pick a kayak
« Reply #39 on: April 16, 2008, 09:40:09 AM »
So how did it go LF?  My guess is "awesome".  Would love to hear your report.

Well Ray52,
Sadly  :icon_frown:, it didn't go.
http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/el-salon/my-weekend-bibe-trip-gets-postponed-t5723.0.html
"...There is a pessimism about land which, after it has been with you a long time, becomes merely factual. Men increase; country suffers. " John Graves 'Goodbye to a River'

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Some Kayak forums to check out
« Reply #40 on: April 21, 2008, 02:42:42 PM »
My brother in law , sent me today these two links to check them out,He says they give a very sound advise for kayaking ang gearing up your vessel.Honestly, right now i don't have time to view them  but i would appreciate if some one could do that for me and post an opinion about it.

Kayakfishingstuff.com

Kayakfishinggear.com

 your thoughts are deeply welcomed.

Homero
« Last Edit: April 21, 2008, 02:45:54 PM by homerboy2u2 »
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