inflatable kayak opinions?

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ha ha ha... or should I say ho ho ho because Christmas is on the roof of my garage!

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I have never been in an inflatable kayak but I have been in Davarle's inflatable boat.  It took forever to inflate and deflate.  I also felt like we sat too low in the boat and it just didn't feel that secure for a long ride.  I wouldn't feel as safe going in waters that had alligators in them.  For one, the alligator might take a bite or if you got a leak then you might be swimming with the alligators.  

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Here's her fine rack: a7b993c8-ff64-4f5a-89a3-693a5d9c1fce.jpg 

We use a kayak hoist in our garage too that Stan put together.  It works pretty well.  Someone was telling me about something that Kirbydox has that lifts the kayak up onto the car's roof rack, but I haven't seen it.

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My offer still stands....

 

 

and i'll try to take you up on it soon!  how much longer are you in Houston?  i have to plan around the weekends powerdog02 is with his muggle dad.  AND powerdog02 has a travel bug that he would like you to take with you for a European tour.  kirbydox has it for her trip to seattle and Canada next week first.  

Oh, we'll be around for a while.... At least until October. Rumor has it though we may even stay for another 2-3 years.... Must be the Texas weather ;)

Storage ideas for you.  I did it and my wifes Expedition EL still fits in the garage along with my Mustang.

 

I've seen similar things - have a wood bed hanging from the ceiling, but still plenty of space for a kayak to hang.  that would probably work best!

Where have I seen that???  Oh yeah, my garage!

 

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Hey, is that a 12' kayak I see????:P

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My offer still stands....

 

 

and i'll try to take you up on it soon!  how much longer are you in Houston?  i have to plan around the weekends powerdog02 is with his muggle dad.  AND powerdog02 has a travel bug that he would like you to take with you for a European tour.  kirbydox has it for her trip to seattle and Canada next week first.

Oh, we'll be around at least until the end of October. Rumor even has it we might stick around for another couple of years though....

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I was really worried about storage since our walls are filled with shelves, tools, bike, etc and we really like to fit the cars INTO the garage. We actually managed quite nicely and I can still get the cars in the garage with no scrapes. The cradle is low enough for me to lift the yak up for storage with no problem. 

 

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Donna, is this the "after" picture when you drove into the garage with the kayak and rack still on the roof?

 

 

And, no, pictures of my too-full-to-be-used garage will not be forthcoming.

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Donna, is this the "after" picture when you drove into the garage with the kayak and rack still on the roof?

 

 

And, no, pictures of my too-full-to-be-used garage will not be forthcoming.

Never tried it with yak on top. Just the yak rack was enough to scrape the dirt off the bottom of the garage door.  :D  I quit while I was ahead. I just take the yak rack off the roof rack now BEFORE parking and that keeps Scott happy. My side of the garage is pretty clean and organized. There is no way I'm showing you Scott's side. He keeps resisting my efforts to organize it.  ::)

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Donna, is this the "after" picture when you drove into the garage with the kayak and rack still on the roof?

 

 

And, no, pictures of my too-full-to-be-used garage will not be forthcoming.

Never tried it with yak on top. Just the yak rack was enough to scrape the dirt off the bottom of the garage door.  :D  I quit while I was ahead. I just take the yak rack off the roof rack now BEFORE parking and that keeps Scott happy. My side of the garage is pretty clean and organized. There is no way I'm showing you Scott's side. He keeps resisting my efforts to organize it.  ::)

 

I understand there's a line painted down the middle.  Just sayin'

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I remember the fellow with the inflatable kayak on the nighttime paddling event. He was working for everything he got. A lot of work.

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Seems like Im the only one that goes "turtle" or admits to it :stirpot:

 

 

You're not the only one, nor the only one that admits to it.  But you, by far, have the record.  :2funny:

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I remember the fellow with the inflatable kayak on the nighttime paddling event. He was working for everything he got. A lot of work.

From every time I've been on the water with somebody in one, that is pretty much the way they are.  They are good for playing around on still water or going on slow moving water.  I will say the one's REI carries are the best I've seen.  If you get the full package, the kayak can be set up as a singly or tandem has a metal backbone that keeps it rigid.  Compact for transport and storage, but for the price, you could by a medium priced hard side boat. 

 

For $1200 you can get some very nice light hard side boats that weigh 40 lbs.  And there are various rack options that are cheaper than Kirbydox's nice setup that also minimise lifting.  

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Kirbydox's rack is truly amazing.

My two cents on the subject is an injury is temporary, kayaks are an investment, (I say this after 5+ month IT Band Injury).

Either put all your eggs in the basket once you're healed up, or take with Pinky's & spend $150 a year like we do.  :)

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Kirbydox's rack is truly amazing.

My two cents on the subject is an injury is temporary, kayaks are an investment, (I say this after 5+ month IT Band Injury).

Either put all your eggs in the basket once you're healed up, or take with Pinky's & spend $150 a year like we do.  :)

 

unfortunately, my shoulders aren't as simple as injury...actually, i'm jealous of people who have regular injuries because they get through it easier than i do.  this is my second surgery and was waaaay more extensive than the first.  will take a year to heal completely, but i'll still have to be "gentle" with what i do.

 

 

i did email the guy who did the nighttime event in the same inflatable i was looking at.  he said he knew he was slower than the others, but has never had a puncture or problem.  sits a little lower and doesn't use the same normal kayak stroke being in the inflatable.  the REI inflatables look amazing... i really like the idea of being able to pack it up and store it in your trunk without worrying about locking it up, etc.  but we'll see what i do later.

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It sounds like the inflatables are more work, so it seems like the inflatable would be more likely to injure your shoulder for the actual paddling than the hard side kayak.  If you are caching in a group, you most likely would be able to get someone to get you loaded and unloaded if you wanted to do the kayaking bad enough. 

 

We ended up putting our kayaking on hold this summer until my surgery healed.  I'm hoping we are back in our kayak this fall.  Getting the kayak loaded on the roof is challenging after you've been paddling for many hours.  I think one of the most recent times we went kayaking with the group, Houston Control was nice enough to help Stan get our kayak loaded onto the roof. 

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I will help anyone load or unload their Yak, just ask.

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After a few years of loading kayaks on top of a rack over a 4x4 truck, I decided that it was too much work to lift a kayak (usually two) up there and secure them so I decided to buy a kayak trailer.  That let me keep the kayaks loaded on the trailer in the garage ready to go and just hitch it up when I wanted to go.   It made it a lot easier to hit the road and was a lot easier on my back.  A shoulder injury put an end to my kayaking for a while but I got it out yesterday for the first time in a long while and it felt good.

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Anyone seen or tried modular kayaks before?  Basspro is selling them...pricey, but interesting.

 

I tried to put in a link and the forum REFUSES to let me do it.  I keep clicking and nothing happens...They're "Point 65 deg N" brand.

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There's a six yr old, inflatable Sea Eagle SE-330 for sale on Craigslist in League City for $75 with inflator, seats and paddles.

They say you can try it in the pond in their back yard. Try it, go out a few times, and sell it for $50-75 and you are ahead of renting.

Probably not the last kayak you'll buy but something pretty easy to try.

 

http://houston.craigslist.org/boa/4164283425.html

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For $249 you can buy a new Pelican 11'6" green top, white bottom. with 3 rod holders from Academy.  Its not in there online store.  But it is in there sales ad this week.

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pricing at bean's is better than basspro.  it's not spares - you buy it in parts.  you can buy just bow and stern and no middle for a single.  buy a middle and you have a tandem yak.

 

I'd be curious to see what people think of them.  it's pricy yes, but portable and I could have a single for me or a tandem when I wanted to take powerdog02 with me.

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