Been touring the country and camping by motorcycle for years. Just sold the bike and will be moving aboard a sail boat (as in living aboard) very soon.
I got the kayak bug as an extension of the sail boat bug.
ALWAYS have my companion with me. a 6lb Yorkie. (Yes, she rode on the bike with me too)
Where I'll kayak:
Until I move aboard, most of my kayaking will be on a lake, lazy rivers or inlets/bays. I may even camp off of it too in the North East.
Once I am aboard, I'll be using the kayak to visit shore, explore inlets, enjoy the water, but also in the North East for the next 5 years before I head south to warmer waters.
As mentioned earlier, I will always have my dog with me.
So while I'd be experiencing calm water for now, I can anticipate having to break through some small surf to get ashore. If its really rough surf, I can always take the dink, but when possible, I'd like to use the kayak over a dink.
Last bit of info:
I'd like to have the option to take someone out with me, but I won't always have someone so I would like to avoid having to carry two kayaks aboard.
OK, so this is what I have learned and wondering if I am right.
Sit-On-Top kayaks are best for surfing, warm waters, stable and slow.
Sit-In-Kayaks are fast, have a lot of storage, but can swamp easy in surf without being sealed in (which my dog would not appreciate)
So if I am correct there, is the Sit on Top my best bet and can I assume that while I may not win a race, I can paddle a tandem rather easily and dry bags (I have them now, used them on the bike) will make it able to be used for camping or carrying provisions aboard once on the boat.
Some that have sparked my interest are:
Ocean Kayak Malibu 2 (or 2 XL)
Ocean Kayak Cabo Tandem (no longer sold in the US)
Wilderness Systems Tarpon 130T
Hobie Odyssey Tandem
Hobie Mirage Outfitter
Hobie Mirage Oasis
URCHIN Portable Anchor
Touring Kayak Paddles
Heel and Pegpads™
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Are you aware that ocean temperatures |
Posted by: kayamedic on May-29-13 3:03 PM (EST)
in Maine are never much above 55? How will your dog handle being wet with splash of that temperature?
I would think the ocean impractical|
Posted by: slushpaddler on May-29-13 3:17 PM (EST)
Inland lakes, sure, when it's warm enough. Something else to consider is how a SINK actually can keep you warmer.
Posted by: poleplant on May-29-13 3:26 PM (EST)
Just be very careful of the three hour tour.
water temp and clothing|
Posted by: nickjc on May-29-13 3:32 PM (EST)
You can assume you will be wet from head to toe on a SOT landing in surf and dress appropriately. I doubt your dog would be very happy landing or paddling out through any sort of surf. Even a small wave breaking on you feels like you got punched in the chest. Your 6 lb dog will be swept off the boat fairly quickly with any size wave.
he's already got the dink|
Posted by: kayamedic on May-29-13 3:52 PM (EST)
I am not sure how the sailboat exactly fits into getting near lakes to use a kayak..where a SOT would be fine..(actually probably nicer!)
Posted by: slushpaddler on May-29-13 4:29 PM (EST)
The elephant in the room seems to be the 6# dog.
yes every little dog I know|
Posted by: kayamedic on May-29-13 6:42 PM (EST)
thinks it is a BIG dog.. and sometimes it is!
Posted by: slushpaddler on May-29-13 7:13 PM (EST)
Posted by: Jackl on May-29-13 4:27 PM (EST)
In Florida your best bet would be a SOT.
If you used to bike on a beemer|
Posted by: ezwater on May-29-13 5:17 PM (EST)
you should get a kayak with sponsons.
I have no idea what a little rowing dory|
Posted by: kayamedic on May-29-13 7:52 PM (EST)
would cost, but it would be nice to row around with in Maine with your dog. You can camp on many islands using it and a mooring system.
Point 65 modular kayaks|
Posted by: abz on May-29-13 8:10 PM (EST)
compact in pieces. single, tandem, both SINK and SOT now available. I have never paddled one, but it seems like it might be worth looking at for your situation.
even more confused :D |
Posted by: RealST on May-29-13 10:35 PM (EST)
OK, so that helped clear things up, LOL
funny but dories are the go to row boats|
Posted by: kayamedic on May-29-13 10:39 PM (EST)
for rough surf in Maine and the Maritimes. A CFD is a doggy lifejacket.
The Ferrari solution|
Posted by: carldelo on May-29-13 11:20 PM (EST)
OK, just to be a pain in the a$$, I suggest you spend all your free cash on a Placid Boatworks canoe, which are really more like deckless kayaks. The Rapidfire or a Spitfire13 would really do the job, with plenty of room for a little dog to run around while you paddle. Sure, it's a couple of mortgage payments, but they're just so dang cool, and vary efficient, just don't scratch them on a rocky beach....
Posted by: RealST on May-29-13 11:57 PM (EST)
Did you know Placid Boatworks is a local company to me?
Posted by: carldelo on May-30-13 4:51 PM (EST)
I didn't know - have you tried these boats?
Posted by: jimyaker on May-30-13 2:40 PM (EST)
um.. the cold dog roll?|
Posted by: kayamedic on May-30-13 2:57 PM (EST)
sailed for 40 years|
Posted by: daggermat on May-31-13 3:21 PM (EST)
Historical Note |
Posted by: seadart on May-31-13 3:56 PM (EST)
On the Pacific Coast during the age of sail, several ports had hired Hawaiians, who would row the tender boats in through the surf, especially for the Brits who did not know how to swim. San Diego had a famous crew of Hawaiians who were excellent at surf landings. Look at Two Years Before the Mast for a description of life on a sailing vessel off the California coast.
the're better heated|
Posted by: slushpaddler on May-31-13 5:02 PM (EST)
with a side of wasabi.
no longer confused|
Posted by: Realst on Jun-04-13 12:36 AM (EST)
Well to everyone that suggested I try them out (a few here and a few of my close friends that are also kayakers) THANK YOU!