In addition to safety and equip fit, the ACA kayaking course covers a lot of paddling skills that may not be intuitive for many people. They weren't intuitive for me. I suppose it depends n the instructor too though so I'd check to be sure what's covered. I learned several paddling maneuvers years ago that I may neve have picked up on my own. It's definitely not a waste of time.in fact it would be a hoot with a small group of friends.
RE: the pedal power, I concur. Several TKF (fishing club) members have acquired PA yaks and seem to love them. Long paddle in 20mph + winds in open bay will definitely make you wonder if the budget and space could handle one more addition to the yak collection I clocked a buddy in his Hobie at steady 4mph in breezy flats a few years ago. I was working my butt off and could not sustain that speed for more than a few minutes. He could go all day, and he could use his hands for other stuff, like drink a beer while trolling (and heckling me).
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>> W/all that being said, isn't nearly a year w/ no found or maintenance logs excessive for such a great series?
What do you mean by this? More people should be visiting? Or owners should be coming by more often to check on them?
>>would appreciate help with maintenance if I were co-owner of it.
While I understand this, let me tell you it's no fun getting logs where people have replaced without asking and future finders say "found both and signed both logs." For this reason, many COs don't want people just replacing. We may be picky about who we let replace.
>>nobody goes back once they get all the TEXAS or is that not right?
Let's say you did the S. And the A. You going back? Certain series lend themselves to that. Many attendees at CLAPS paddle events are waiting on the new series to come out but will come paddle that series at any event. But that's a bit different than just about any normal series. CLAPS, Once Cache Loop, Four Cache Loop, and Soda Tube Trials #2 are the only other caches/series like that I can think of around here that most people voluntarily go do again just to do it again.
Think of this first as a game. Second think of the location and ease of maintenance and the time commitment necessary. TEXAS is not easily maintainable. And partly for the reasons you state -- infrequent visits -- the maintenance factor is lower than a normal series with easier access.
With GBP, you know what you're getting into. I hate having an unfound in the middle of art or series. I feel bad when someone goes 1/2 up the bayou and can't find one. But I don't want them swapping it out without facetime or it being someone I trust. And on my paddle caches, I'd say the DNFs truly result in missing caches about 50% of the time. Sometimes a DNF is just a DNF no matter how frustrating.
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Kenny & Windknot,
Thanks for all the great advice. As to the paddle I'm picking up a carbon fiber. I HATE a heavy paddle that works against me. Definitely agree on the Life Jacket. As for certification what do the teach other than paddling, reboarding, etc? the reason I ask is I already do water survival often enough for work! I learned long ago that crawling my big rear into life raft, boat, etc ain't easy and I better use all the tricks to my advantage hahaha! Definitely not looking forward to the 5 day North Sea class doing it in a dry suit!
I'm a girl. But yes tuba_dude, from what I remember from reading logs when yall were out there, you had to replace only one of Donna's w/permission from her. This is what I meant by it looking good on "paper" ( geoart/map/smilies on map for the word of this state) which is ..Certainly, I would appreciate help with maintenance if I were co-owner of it. Understand that we had to wing it on the S since we got there so late but we were determined and prepared. W/all that being said, isn't nearly a year w/ no found or maintenance logs excessive for such a great series?
From some of the responses, I gather the series is a group effort from everyone around here. But, being in the environment it's in, nobody goes back once they get all the TEXAS or is that not right?
I have a Tarpon 100, Tarpon 140 and Tarpon 160i (Yes, I know that's excessive). All three are great boats.
The Tarpon 100 was bought for my wife who wanted something to fish in at the beach. It's short so it's easy to launch and land in the surf. It's as slow as a turtle and a rudder wasn't an option for it at the time but it works great both on the beach and on rivers.
The Tarpon 140 is faster than the 100 but slower than the 160. The rudder keeps it going straight and the greater width makes it more stable than the 160. This is great for bay fishing when you don't plan on paddling a great distance.
The Tarpon 160i is the fastest of the three and works great in the bay. I can paddle for miles in this. I've used it in the surf but I wouldn't recommend it for that if it is something you do much. It's not as stable as the 140 but it hasn't really been a problem for me.
All that said, the last time I took the 160i out I was with a group of people and one of them had a Hobie with the pedal drive in it. After a 1.5 mile return trip against the wind, I was seriously jealous of that guy because he was going faster and didn't seem to be trying all that hard.