-- Last Updated: Jun-17-13 10:18 PM EST --
This Nordkapp is now sitting right here in my carpeted hall. Tomorrow I'll have to work out storage space for it in the garage.
The boat was a consignment at a whitewater place so I didn't get to meet the owner.
I saw it hanging there a couple of weeks ago and as soon as I realized what it was I wrote it off without asking the price. "Why pay $1,200+ for a non-beginner friendly 18 foot expedition kayak when I could get a new Wilderness Systems Tempest instead?" etc... is what I thought. Then I called them today to ask what the price was. I almost fell over. This is a glass expedition kayak made in England by Valley! $500??? People can sell things on consignment for whatever they choose I guess. I had to go back to see what configuration the boat was in. I knew I didn't want it if it had the ocean cockpit and wasn't going to be thrilled if it had the two small round hatches. I didn't know what the real condition of the boat was either and at that price I had to assume something might be wrong with it. Nothing was. Well, now there is. Taking it off the top of my SUV the pump handle snapped in half for the Chimp Pump. Ahh well. I was thinking about converting that to a day hatch eventually.
I walked out the door with a paddle, paddle float, paddling top, gloves, PFD, 2 foam storage blocks, some foam padding and mounting cement, a tapered Sea to Summit dry bag and an 18 foot long fiberglass expedition boat for at total of $1,200 including tax.
This is what I call a good day. :)
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