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Any kayakers here?
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F14    Posted 09-07-2001 at 15:14:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just tried kayaking for the first time today. Ton's o' fun!

Gotta question tho. Some summercators (Maine-ese for snowbirds) that we caretake for loaned us three kayaks. They are "sit in" types, without the whosis that cinches around your waist to keep the water out. (Which is good, because my claustrophobia wouldn't sit still for that!)

Here's my question: One of them has two pairs of holes molded into the hull that go completely through the footwell and out through the bottom of the hull. It also has another pair beside the seat. The craft floats nicely with my 200+ pound fatbody in it, but there's an inch or so of water in the footwell, and yer butt gets wet. The only reason I can think of for this design is to keep you cool in hot weather. Or, possibly, there's some sort of attachment or cover that fits into these holes.

Needless to say, we left this one ashore in Maine in September, but grandson Casey (10) and I had a ball in the other two. Grandma gave us both he!! when we got back for being soaked to the skin... ":^)

robert bast    Posted 02-07-2002 at 12:03:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
holla, i organize kayak trips to the mayan riviera, 40 miles south of cancun, mexico. $99.00 per day per person. everything included except air fare.

big fred    Posted 09-08-2001 at 14:46:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, if it's a boat, and there's a hole in it that lets water in, I'd consider stickin' something in it.

F14 again, with the answer    Posted 09-08-2001 at 14:11:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Talked with the feller that loaned us the kayak. Them is postabe drain holes. Problem is my um, "Ample Fundament" is overloading the kayak, so the water is running in instead of out.


LazyHorse    Posted 09-08-2001 at 17:28:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Then just add some more styrofoam for buoyancy. But you should know that yoa old swabbie tsk tsk tsk.

Tori Kaufmann    Posted 09-08-2001 at 09:05:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
For some reason I received a message on my email saying I have message posted in Kountry Life and so you did not think I was ignoring you, I am replying.

I have never kayaked, but enjoying watching it on TV and watching the kayakers and canoers on Puget Sound when I visit the area. It does look like fun,but scary. Iam not a very good swimmer and would not know what to do if I rolled over. Is it hard to learn? I also would like to learn how to row a boat. Do you know much about canoes? Are they similar to a rowboat?Is rowing hard to learn?

F14    Posted 09-08-2001 at 10:27:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm no expert on anything nautical, but I've done all three, rowing, kayaking and canoeing. NONE of it on white water. Of the three, rowing a rowboat is the simplest. One oar on each side, no need to move side to side to compensate, nice stable platform.

A kayak in calm water is easy to paddle and steer. I have about an hour of experience, so what I don't know would make a very good book ":^). I haven't a clue how to recover from a rollover, which is why I'm so pleased with the "sit-in" type kayak, I can just bail out and swim. Actually, in the little stream I play in, I can walk, as 99% of it is less than 6' deep.

Of the three, the canoe is least stable, and requires the most practice to make it go where you want to go. One person kneeling in the middle can do okay. One person paddling from the rear is not too bad, if the canoe is ballasted properly to keep the bow in the water, and the wind doesn't come up. Two people, one front and one rear takes some coordination, and can be frustrating if the person in front is inexperienced.

There. Now you know everything I know on the subject...

Nathan    Posted 09-07-2001 at 19:58:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey 14, Maybe the holes are for "flintstone type brakes".

Sorry, I can't help on this subject.

LazyHorse    Posted 09-07-2001 at 18:27:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
F14 Kayaks are a blast, especially when your in water too shallow for a canoe. I dont have any idea about your holes though. Could they possibly be for a sale attatchment, I saw one rigged on a lake used kayak once. Have fun, but be sure to wear a helmet in case you get into rough water and roll.

F14    Posted 09-07-2001 at 18:54:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't expect to ever go anywhere but in the stream behind the house. That body of water gives placid a bad name. Only time ya ever get white water is when it freezes...

LazyHorse    Posted 09-07-2001 at 19:14:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
We live about a quarter mile from the Great Greens Fork River At it's widest point it may be 60 ft. and depths range from 6 inches to 15 feet. It's usually pretty mild but when it flodds I've seen it go to a mile wide across the bottoms. I tried canoeing it a couple of times, but got tired of getting out to carry the canoe. If I ever get rich I want a good kevlar kayak which would be the berries for this water, might even use it to run a trapline again.

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