And I yearn for my Dekadense slalom kayak that I gave to a beginning river kayaker it was also named Queenie. My current X is called Antares, because she has red and orange flames, and Antares is red and orange. I found out that I could easily keep up with friends paddling touring kayaks and still knock off some serious mileage.
The upside was it totally improved my boat handling skills and paddling efficiency. I took it out The Gate and everywhere for several weeks. If I had know about a river kayaks capabilities, I would have bought one earlier. I also realized that I needed to aggressively outfit the cockpit, remove the hinged backrest and installed a back-band. My edging and carving the hull through the water seemed like a natural extension of my body. I now have four kayaks, the two others in my quiver are surf specific planing hulls: a Spike Gladwin designed Necky Groovy and a Mike Johnson Mako.
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I continue to learn from each of these craft. Thanks for the nice photo Rene! Anyone else have a picture of a unique to me, anyway paddle boat? When I lived in Santa Barbara back in , I paddled my river kayak miles out to sea and back. I especially liked to to do this during sunset, so I could bask in the golden rays that gilded the waves.
Even the earlier play boats like my RPM still had some hull speed.
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The hole-playing boats of recent years are very short, not much more than boxes. No older than the Dancer which is ancient , but not the really new ones either. Some current river boats are still suitable. John, you make a good point about medium-volume slalom kayaks like that old Mirage I loved. As for the Tsunami X-1 Rocket. The Huki S1-R I know is a good ski. One workaround, recommended by my late grandfather, is to promise yourself that you will always treat other people with dignity and respect, regardless of their station in life.
Or their boat, their car, their clothes, whatever. If you find yourself slipping at times, and you probably will, give the old choke-chain a sharp tug and get back on track. I got to try a Valley Pintail for about 10 minutes in the Spring and found it delightful. Tried paddling a Old Town canoe with a double-bladed paddle this Summer, and although it was fun, I wont be giving up my long-standing affair with the single blade for canoeing any time soon.
Speaking of best boats, Eric, do you agree that the venerable canoe is the ultimate personal watercraft of courtship, love, and romance? Does it trump or tie the double kayak? The canoe blows away the tandem kayak for courtship, love, and romance. However, if you are with your loved one in really choppy water, the tandem kayak will beat out the canoe!
It sucks to get swamped and then capsize. I will post an essay on the joy of paddling in doubles, probably in late November. Who needs a boat! For the first decade of my paddling life with my tippy Nordkapp I swam a lot!! I think folks respected that. There are kits for less ambitious do-it-yourselfers, and while strip-builts are more curvy and refined, plywood is strong, durable, and ridged with the right layup.
I have one built by Doug Alderson I got for a song and it is stiffer and stronger than anything out there. Duane Strosaker builds a variety of purpose-designed lengths as well. I may make my own unique canoe one day that can be kayaked and sailed. It would be based on a Clipper canoe-kayak hybrid design:. I think the short playboat sea kayaks are really making inroads, though for touring, load capacity and comfort and maybe rudders will always be big here. The best paddlecraft is the one that gets you out there and back safely and the one you enjoy paddling.
I think the Rangers already know this, after all, if you try to convince them differently they will tell you to just go and sit on it!
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Wow, Doug! When I was a kid, my dad converted a Grumman-type square-stern canoe into a sailboat, complete with teak decks, a rudder, and a centerboard. We used a Flying Junior mainsail and jib, and equipped it with a trapeze. It was very fast. I was very impressed with his paddling skill and the Sterling kayak. There are some great boats out there!
And Warren does some very skillful paddling!
What he really needs for that is a Coaster, though. But seriously, it just goes to show what a wide range of conditions a skilled paddler can handle in a sea kayak. The Sterling Reflection is a refinement of the Illusion series and Reg designed it to surf standing waves as well backwards as forwards. For day-play, one still has a fully capable, if a more rockered and manoeuvrable, sea kayak with conventional buoyancy and spray-skirt dependant seating.
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How can one possibly compare the speed and efficiency of a full-blown surf ski to say, that of a Coaster? Or the extreme ease of getting off and back on a good old wash-deck X-1 compared to a vintage ocean-cockpited Nordkapp designed to keep you in?
I know we all know this but we each rock to the chop of cognitive disequilibrium as we try to decide what the best sea kayak is if one wishes objective observation. Maybe the question should be which sea kayak works best for the type of sea kayaking you like to do. Maybe you meant that. Everything you say here sounds right on to me, Doug. Please note those smiley faces I added to me tongue-in-cheek comment on the Coaster :.
I do know enough to know not to draw conclusions on any craft just by looking at it. From your description it sounds like the Sterling is designed to do something very similar to the Coaster but with a slightly different design concept. As Kenny points out in a post below, the Coaster is short overall, but with a long waterline the keel is in the water from bow to stern , so it tracks well as is much faster than the relatively short length would suggest.
The low volume stern is what helps it surf well for a sea kayak. I do see Warren broaching a lot in that video, but he may be doing it on purpose to some extent. Just lots of fun boats with some different characteristics. I have to comment on the Deception Pass video. That is a very impressive tide rip with some massive standing waves, but what does it really show? The paddler has a pretty good roll and is obviously very comfortable in the gnarly conditions. Does he manage to surf it? Sort of.
He is playing around in gnarly water, and it looks fun. He is getting away with it. Here is something completely different that illustrates my point: a downwind paddle off Capetown South Africa on a double surfski. This is what I live for.kinun-mobile.com/wp-content/map16.php
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The boat used is made for these conditions. I loved your clip of Oscar Chalupsky in the tandem surfski. It planed on waves very well and was very fast—and beautiful. The Coaster -unlike the traditional, and dare I say it, romantic sea kayak designs with highly rockered upswept ends — has a full waterline and takes full advantage of its relatively short length.
Its speed is equal to traditional kayaks several feet longer. I know you think the lines of the Coaster are butt ugly, but I find beauty in the power of Form Follows Function. But the beauty is in their performance — they dance like those lovely hippos in Fantasia. About the Great Whites off Capetown: they are encouraged to jump out of the water it seems by the heavy use of chumming — it is out of control over there.
The number of shark incidents with surfskis in South Africa is astounding; so much so that they build the boats to withstand catastrophic hits from sharks, not to mention the horrendous surf breaks they paddle in and out of routinely. Steve was a one-in-a-million awesome waterman, and so is Oscar. The Warren Williamson video just blew my socks off the first time I saw it, and continues to please after multiple viewings. One of the things I love about the video is that amazing contrast between the ship plowing through the same waves in which Warren appears so totally relaxed and at home.
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Talk about seaworthy! Deliberately capsizing over and over again in a pretty notorious whirlpool and rolling up effortlessly. Oscar Chalupsky does look like Steve Sinclair—both great surf skiers! And remind me not to paddle off Chumtown! I think all boats have their place, and that beauty and function are in the eyes of the user.
A flat bottomed open cockpit rec boat that I call the Kaynoe. Perfect for loafing around on flat water. Ha ha! I say tune up that motor and get your darling Clementine out on the water. You can laugh at my plastic sot anytime you want even if I only paid for it brand new. A day on the water is better than a day on the shore. My paddling background started with sea kayaks then after discovering surfing this led to a ww boat, then wold surf kayak, korb surf kayak, wave ski, then sup.
Still lots of sea kayak flat, bumpy water and surf mixed in there. Per your article, my roll was never that good and I wished I knew of the sot option early on. Visiting the Santa Cruz fest opened my eyes watching Fletcher and the others ripping on wave skis. A student of Deb, I knew of the X, but had only seen one locally. Years later, as a SUP instructor I was focusing my time on standing up, not practicing rolls and all that. So in Aug of this year, my neighbor Todd cut the top off, created a wooden skeleton like stucture for strength in the hull, filled it with blow foam, carved that to my body shape, then glassed it.
Good to go. Thanks for your comment Rob! It sounds like you have a broad base of water skills regardless of your ability to roll, and consequently a clear vision for the kind of kayaking you want to do and the kind of boat you need to do it. Thanks for the link! This is really a helpful writing. I appreciate your soul try to make a clear comparison. Sort of true but try crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a stinkpot that only goes knots! If you want to get nowhere fast, do that. Took us a month to get from Fort Lauderdale to San Remo, Italy door-to-door with a couple stops for refueling and weather.
Thank you for the detailed post. I mostly kayak for fishing purposes, but did some sea kayaking too. Thanks for share informative Article. I am using Touring types Kayak. I feel very comfortable by this Touring kayak. These boats are also long and more capacity. At one point, i thought you guys might be in the land down under.. Micco and I send our Alohas to all of you. Hey Chino, good to hear from you. I have a double Tsunami, actually a triple, the X It has two seat wells and a forward area that can take camping gear or whatever.
It would be a great boat to have there. If you want more info, let me know. Aloha to you and Micco. Thanks for getting hold of us. Nancy Soares. Hey, thanks for this nice share. Thank you for taking time to share with us this great list of place, any recommendation to kayak in Australia because I plan to go their next summer. It may be that you need a different boat on a […]. Your email address will not be published. Comments Great post.
I checked out your Ursa Canoe at your website. Does any one remember the bonsai bozones, the used sit on tops. I agree totally with Kenny that it is the paddler, not the boat. Great topic! Doug Lloyd, Victoria BC. Yours, -Kenny. Here are some comments on comments: 1. Ian Lowe. John Forge. Martin Bridgstock. Peer Reeh. Heinz Ressl. Board book. Its numerous examples and diagrams make it a most definitive treatment. In addition to a description of the star finder and its basic use, the book covers: brightness and color of stars, planet identification, choosing optimum star-moon-planet combinations, choosing time between sunlines and running fixes, and em It is, first and foremost, a detailed account of how to find your position anywhere in the world's oceans after your electronics fail and you lose your sextant, watch, and almanac, but that's really only the beginning.
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