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Old 02-13-2013, 01:13 PM   #1
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Recommendation for kayak or canoe

We'll be cruising the Inside Passage to SE Alaska, leaving in May. I carry an 8' Portland Pudgy dinghy on the boat deck of my Willard 40, but want something light weight and fun to drop in the water to explore and exercise. I have no experience with kayaks but would like to add one or two for the trip (1 person boats). Any recommendations? Inflatable vs. rigid? Thanks!
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:25 PM   #2
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We'll be cruising the Inside Passage to SE Alaska, leaving in May. I carry an 8' Portland Pudgy dinghy on the boat deck of my Willard 40, but want something light weight and fun to drop in the water to explore and exercise. I have no experience with kayaks but would like to add one or two for the trip (1 person boats). Any recommendations? Inflatable vs. rigid? Thanks!
Make usre what every kind you get that you also have a means to get in and out of the Kayaks? Plastic because they get drag up on to the beachs/rocks . They are very difficult to get in/out of from the boat and they require a lot of upper body strength.

Might want to rent before you buy? You can rent at the Everett Marina and on Lake Union.
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We have 2 Advanced Elements inflatables, and love them. The bottom is reinforced and has held up well thru repeated groundings. Best of all, we inflate in the spring, carry them ondeck thru the fall, then deflate and pack them away.

They weigh 45 lbs each.
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Hello Boater:

I recently bought an inflatable Seaeagle 370 and love it very much. Although my wife and I are not the athletic type, after 7 times out on sea water we are now capable of rowing it straight nonstop for more than a mile on our local bay. We are training to have it on board of our Trawler.

I like it!

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I usualy carry a canoe FRP , a kayak plastic, and an inflatable kayak.

The canoe gives us an option with the pup.

Something we do along the inside passage is to check out lots of the lakes , streams, rivers, inlets via one or more of these toys. Some lakes are so close to the oceans edge , they are easy to access via portage.

From trout fishing to swiming or just simply getting out and away from some of the busy anchorages. Lots of exploring to be had.

But I recomend the plastic kayak since that seems to get the most use and abuse. By abuse I mean the rocks , shells, etc found on so many beach landing zones here.

But I have no specific brand's in mind.
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See EddyLine Kayaks online and look up the 12' Sandpiper. Has a large cockpit that even a small child can get into with you .. or dog if you lead that kind of life. Wide and stable (28" I'm guessing) is very maneuverable and fun to paddle. Usually $1200 they have 2 last years models w small hatches for $900. Carbonlite construction slick like FG and very light. I've personally paddled them and can recommend.

http://www.eddyline.com/kayak-models/sandpiper
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We too are leaving for Alaska May 1st. and wanted to try our hand in a kayak so I bought 2 at the Seattle Boat Show from LFS Marine in Bellingham. They also rent kayaks so you can rent the same one as you might want to buy. They are plastic and have a wide cockpit. I would consider them a beginner or entry level kayak. Check them out on their web site.
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We've used an Advanced Elements tandem inflatable for 4 seasons and have been very pleased with it. Like Peter we inflate it in the spring and deflate and store it in the winter. It is a little scuffed and faded but holding up better than I expected.
We board it either from the swim step or the gunwale boarding doors depending on where the dinghy is, it is much more stable than a hard-shell. It tracks well and is surprisingly fast, and is much easier to deal with on the boat than our two Pygmy Cohos.
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A boat that can be used by one person is fine ,

But I would select an aluminum canoe , carries more when desired

and the best you can get at resisting damage being dragged up on the beach.
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Thanks for the comments. I don't expect we'll go ashore much (bears and cougars!) so inflatables are probably the way to go. And when we want to go a shore, we'll have our sturdy dinghy to take us.
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Thanks for the comments. I don't expect we'll go ashore much (bears and cougars!) so inflatables are probably the way to go. And when we want to go a shore, we'll have our sturdy dinghy to take us.
We have been looking at kayaks as a means of augmenting our Pudgy as well. As you say, for shore trips the Pudgy works well and laughs at the rocks & barnacles. Seaward Kayaks (Chemainus BC) makes a 10' kayak that is designed more for exploring/sightseeing rather than being hauled up on the rocks. While not cheap, it can be had with a viewing window for watching the denizens of the deep below you.
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Without a swim platform you may need to launch your dingy and board the kayaks from there. Don't even think about stepping into them.

We had Necky Manitou 11' kayaks on our Meridian 48 and carried them on the swim platform which was really convenient. The Neckys are plastic and indestructible. Drag them over the rocks-don't care.

We tried carrying them on the foredeck but they are not easy to lift over the rail. If you carry them up high you may need to use your boat lift or boom.

They are fun. We used ours almost every day we were out. Being able to float in just a couple of inches of water lets you go everywhere. Learning curve for operation was about 5 minutes.
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Hobie Cat Company - Mirage Revolution 11

We just bought one of these and it is the slickest kayak I have ever seen! Hobie has a lot of different models that come with/without Mirage Drives.
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Without a swim platform you may need to launch your dingy and board the kayaks from there. Don't even think about stepping into them..
That has not been the case with the Hobie.
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Walt, do they make a 2 seat version with that drive system?
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Adding another layer of complication and source of mechanical failure?
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What can I say Mark, I like to tinker
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Walt, do they make a 2 seat version with that drive system?
They sure do! Go to their web site and check out all the models. I don't have a business interest in the company but it's not for the lack of trying.
P.S. Flywright has seen ours, check with him.
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What can I say Mark, I like to tinker
There's really no tinkering involved. Here's the captain of the kayak.
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Thank you Walt, my wife sitting next to me wanted to know. She loves the picture of the 2 seat version.

I suppose that means we will own one soon
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