MarcusArelius Posted May 11, 2008 Share Posted May 11, 2008 For those that don't know for several years I have owned a rather large, and heavy, 16' Coleman canoe that I used to transport on the top on a van. When I replaced the van with a truck I had to start hauling it on a trailer. Last summer I dragged what someone nicknamed "Shamoo" all around the state. To make a long story short I have finally downsized to a 39 pound under 10' kayak that I can toss in the bed of my pickup. During my research (men don't shop) I was a bit dismayed that I couldn't test paddle the "yak" and often could not even sit in them. Since Hydnsek was also in the market we pooled our research and ask fellow water cachers for their opinions. Since several of us now own different models of short kayaks I proposed that we hold an event to try out each other's kayaks. I thought this would be a good chance for any other cachers that were interested in making a kayak purchase to try before you buy. Or to find out if they are really interested in paddling at all. I am posting to gather info before posting the event. What do y'all think? Would you want to attend? If you have any type of hand-launch paddle craft could you bring it? Does June 14, or 21, sound like a good day? I though we'd spend about 1-2 hours for folks to try each others boats on short little paddles (and for people without boats to try them out too). That would be the "event". I think Enatai Beach (I-90 just west of I-405) would be a good spot since the water is clean and they have a boat rental shop there. The rental shop is so the boat-less people can join us for after event caching up the Mercer slough. That would add another couple of hours of paddle practice. Folks that are not comfortable paddling by themselves could rent a double and go with an experienced person to get the water caches. http://www.ci.bellevue.wa.us/enatai_beach_park.htm Prices (first hour/addtl hour): Canoe or Single Kayak $17/$8 Double Kayak $23/$10 Single SOT $11/$5 Double SOT $13/$6 Quote Link to comment
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