-- Last Updated: Feb-26-13 4:54 PM EST --
Our local shop recommended the site, Riverside Kayak Connection in Wyandotte MI so I just registered.
After almost 2 months of research and sitting in many different kinds of boats from big box stores to RKC we ordered 2 Perception Expression 14.5's. We are very excited to get into the sport and for myself to loose a bit of this extra "natual padding" I have.
I was shocked to find out how popular the sport is in my area. I grew up on the lakes and Lake Erie and just never knew kayaking was so big here. We both seemed to like the Expression series the most and the 14.5 actually fit in my 14 foot enclosed trailer. We plan on being on open water all around Lake Erie and the dozens of rivers and bays around here.
Excited but the issue is this is going to make the winter last much longer than it should...
If anyone is in the South Eastern Michigan area it would be nice to meet some other people into the sport.
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Posted by: Celia on Feb-26-13 4:34 PM (EST)
Posted by: BEEAH on Feb-26-13 4:53 PM (EST)
Yep! The more I've learned about the sport the importance of rescues and equipment became apparent. We fully plan on using the local beaches to practice rescues and recoveries. I've been watching you tube videos like crazy as well.
Watch the Water Temps!!! Use the PFD!!!|
Posted by: VK1NF on Feb-26-13 5:57 PM (EST)
BIG BIG water and small boats|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Feb-26-13 7:59 PM (EST)
Posted by: Dr_Disco on Feb-26-13 11:06 PM (EST)
I am in south central Michigan. Paddling the Great Lakes is both wonderful and dangerous. Lake Erie is no exception. You seem to be doing all the right things so far. But I just want to emphasize that on any of the Great Lakes conditions can change without much warning from calm to very difficult. I strongly recommend that when on Lake Erie you paddle with at least one other person who is skilled and experienced. Several others is even better. Good luck and be safe.
Posted by: BEEAH on Feb-27-13 7:42 AM (EST)
More skills equal more fun|
Posted by: Celia on Feb-27-13 7:59 AM (EST)
Seriously - those islands you want to go to? The crossings to them that look so accessible from the shore are the kinds of places that newbies very often get into trouble. But it is much less trouble if you have solid paddling skills to handle surprise conditions, and practiced rescue skills to handle it if the first set fails.
Islands - Be Wary of the Rules|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Feb-27-13 5:44 PM (EST)
If you're interested in hooking up with |
Posted by: shirlann on Feb-27-13 11:23 PM (EST)
Take a look at this article|
Posted by: Celia on Feb-28-13 10:01 AM (EST)
if you haven't already seen it. Very good article, on this site, talking about things that newer paddlers often find confounding.
Posted by: BEEAH on Feb-28-13 2:53 PM (EST)
I'm not too worried about international crossing as we have no plans to hit any of the islands on the other side of the border right now. This year will be our first year and there is more than enough of other locations to start and build our skills up. Thanks everyone for all of the warnings but I'm not going to hit these islands for a long while, if ever.
You might also...|
Posted by: ByronWalter on Feb-28-13 3:18 PM (EST)
...consider attending the Port Austin Sea Kayak Symposium this June. It's a Riverside Kayak event and should be a nice short drive for you.
Re-entering the kayak|
Posted by: Celia on Feb-28-13 5:11 PM (EST)
The biggest problem that people have with this, especially guys because of weight distribution, is balance. The swimmer gets close to actually putting their butt back into the cockpit and they capsize again doing that because they go off balance. It is not uncommon for new paddlers to go thru more than one session to get this down, because there are only so many times you can recapsize before you are too wet and cold and tired to try again.
I want to work for it. |
Posted by: BEEAH on Feb-28-13 5:42 PM (EST)
Celia, I guess I'm a bit different because I'm excited to put the time in and practice this stuff, we both are. I intended on using shalow water to learn but I like the idea of basically learning the limits of what you can get away with crawling around on the boat. I think its initially letting your control muscles learn to balance the boat without thinking about it, like riding a bike. Then, exploring the limits of what will tip it over. Then the same on climbing back in. I expect to dump the boat very often from the start.
Posted by: Celia on Feb-28-13 6:10 PM (EST)
Also - yes a smaller person can rescue a surprisingly large one with the right technique. My rescue practice partner for demonstrations has often been a guy who is about a foot taller and weighs a whole lot more than me. We have paired up for demo's at times just to show that this can work.