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Unread 12-22-2013, 09:54 PM   #16
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I went sea kayaking in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Seattle/B.C back in '07. I wont say I hated it, but it did not crack up to be what I expected. This is probably more due to the way the trip was carried out than sea kayacking itself. Having vegan tour guides prepare the food didn't help.

I recently went river kayaking up on the New River. Had an absolute blast. Definitely want to get into that more.

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Unread 12-22-2013, 10:04 PM   #17
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thanks, wubicon. That also gives me some ideas for my crossbar attachments.
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Unread 12-23-2013, 05:06 AM   #18
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SJones, as I posted in the first post, I've been canoeing for many years, but I don't think I'd like wide open water near as much as I've enjoyed river/creek running so I'd most likely look at sea kayaking like you do.


I'll go ahead and post a pic or two of my yak. Santa just won't allow me to get it wet until it's been officially found under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning.





Since these pics were taken, I've turned the J-Hooks around so that the yaks will be loaded with the cockpit open to the outside of the trailer. I thought that with them turned this way, it would keep the tops from getting splashed with road crap from the tires, but there still seems to be plenty of room to keep them inside the line of the tires. When I put the Jeep fenders on the trailer, I didn't really go for functionality.

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Unread 12-23-2013, 09:22 AM   #19
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I went sea kayaking in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Seattle/B.C back in '07. I wont say I hated it, but it did not crack up to be what I expected. This is probably more due to the way the trip was carried out than sea kayacking itself. Having vegan tour guides prepare the food didn't help.

I recently went river kayaking up on the New River. Had an absolute blast. Definitely want to get into that more.
You are in prime area for whitewater. I did a excursion up there last year and hit several rivers.
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You are in prime area for whitewater. I did a excursion up there last year and hit several rivers.
Yup. NOCs not far and my one gripe about the New River was the lack of any decent rapids. I'd prefer something that keeps me on my toes and keeps the adrenaline up.
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Yup. NOCs not far and my one gripe about the New River was the lack of any decent rapids. I'd prefer something that keeps me on my toes and keeps the adrenaline up.
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Green River....

New River? I didn't run that on my trip.
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Unread 12-31-2013, 09:20 PM   #22
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I added an electric bilge pump to my kayak. Here's what I have used and have done so far.


Equipment =
1 Rule 500 GPH bilge pump
1 7.5ish amp 12v sealed battery
1 toggle switch
1 flush mount discharge port
3' of 3/4" bilge pump tubing
1 waterproof box from Walmart (WP box)
1 waterproof LED
1 tube JB Waterweld
5' heavy speaker wire
1 can liquid tape

I mounted the WP box and the pump behind the seat. Drilled out and installed the outlet to the right side behind the cockpit so everything involved with the pump is one area, cutting down on long wire runs.
I drilled a hole for the wire to the inside of the WP box as well as drilling a hole for the toggle switch so all I have to do is reach just behind and to the left of my seat and activate the pump. Now, about the LED. I also mounted a 4 set LED pod inside the orange WP box so that when the pump is on, the LED lights up the box. This definitely lights up the inside of the yak, so if I need to be seen at dawn or dusk, I can turn on the pump for a moment to light up the shell of the yak. I have tested the pump to make sure it comes on, but now I'm just giving the JB Weld time to set up before flooding the cockpit to test the efficiency of the setup. I'll post some more pics when I get all components in place. Here are a couple with the wires still stretched out and the pump just sitting on top. You can see where I have the strainer of the pump attached behind the seat.











I'll post some more pics of the pump clearing the cockpit, tomorrow or as soon as I can.
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Unread 01-01-2014, 11:45 AM   #23
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Why?
If you'd rather pump out a kayak full of water with a hand pump, then carry on, soldier. I'd rather flip a switch and keep on paddling. Second reason is because I can. ;-)
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If you'd rather pump out a kayak full of water with a hand pump, then carry on, soldier. I'd rather flip a switch and keep on paddling. Second reason is because I can. ;-)
I'm not knocking what you did.

I guess my question is why not just paddle with a spray skirt on if you have the chance to get that much water in your boat?

Or, do like me and just buy kayaks for every occasion.
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You definitely have a variety of boats. I was a little quick to get on the slight defense after taking pride in my project. I apologize for that. I don't have a spray skirt, and at my age (55) and skill level, I don't plan on getting involved in waterways over about 2.5. I also don't want to be restricted by the skirt. I will be hitting anything below that, and the way my yak is built, it will most likely take on water when it dips in the front. I've read lots of posts from experienced paddlers that thought the electric pump was a good addition to their boat since they don't have to waste energy hand pumping, or time by swimming to the bank to dump it. That's my reasoning. And I also thought it was a pretty cool addon. I also added another dry box directly across from the battery for first aid and a small survivor kit.
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Very understandable.

I've only run into one occasion where my skirt gave me problems(), and I remember it every time lol.

Edit: I run air bags in the back of mine so it will help float in case of total swamp and less area for water. Also I use different size dry bags for small gear, like first aid kits. I clip them in. Actually I clip everything in. Nothing worse than having to do a wet exit and try and recover all your belongings from a moving waterway.
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If I put a battery in a Kayak it would be for propulsion also. If you are going to be lazy, go all the way!

Nice project though.


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If I put a battery in a Kayak it would be for propulsion also. If you are going to be lazy, go all the way! Nice project though. Sent from AutoGuide.com App

Lazy's not all bad.
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I have a tandem KON TIKI that we keep on Cape Cod. I carry it on my Suburban (it's 17feet+), with custom flat cushioned rails and a roller to aid in loading and unloading. Works sweet.

We paddle around the ponds and bays on the Cape.

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