I posted here a while back about my trip I'd been planning down the Ohio and Mississippi River this summer starting in Ohio. It is going to be me and my wife. The first kayak I got was a Current Designs Sirocco. The 2nd was a Wildernes Systems Tsunami 175 I believe (it might be another model, I don't remember at the moment.
They both paddle well, but the Sirocco is faster and more nimble as suspected. Anyway, I also noticed the build quality is quite different...the Sirocco has smooth flowing contours, whereas the Wilderness systems has sort of visible sections where the profile and curvature of the hull changes.
Is this normal construction difference for the 2 companies, or just kayak model specific? It just seems like the Sirocco is much more sturdy, while the Wilderness Systems has more room for storage.
Second thing is paddle selection...I got a free Adventure Technology Carbon Fiber T4 Bent shaft paddle witht he Sirocco, and it just sucks to use the fiberglass Aquabound Sunrise now...and considering the distance we're going to be covering, I want something better (similar to the AT carbon fiber, but I can't find them anywhere right now for sale). I'd prefer to keep the paddle between $100-200. Any suggestions would be great, or if anyone has one they're willing to sell.
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Posted by: Celia on Jan-30-14 11:53 AM (EST)
230cm may or may not be too long|
Posted by: Canuka on Jan-31-14 12:53 PM (EST)
It depends on the boat and the paddler's height and preference. A low-angle 230 would be good for me in my Coho.
boat designb is boat specific|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Jan-30-14 11:54 AM (EST)
Posted by: 9986mkoh on Jan-30-14 2:52 PM (EST)
No, I totally understand the difference is actual hull configuration such as hard vs soft chines. What I'm talking about is lines visible longitudinally across the kayak that just look like a lower quality manufacturing process as opposed to the Sirocco with smooth changes in geometry throughout the hull.
Posted by: Celia on Jan-30-14 3:51 PM (EST)
It might be worth looking at a few examples of the same boat, in case the bothersome variations are something that showed up in a single boat. As above, there are variations between manufacturers in the details of their materials and process. But there aren't indications of catastrophic failure being an issue with either of these lines.
The right paddle and boat|
Posted by: magooch on Jan-30-14 4:55 PM (EST)
My advice to you is to find a store that sells Carlisle paddles and see if they have an Expedition. If you're about my size 6'-2", a 230 should work great for your Sirocco. The Carlisle Expedition retails for about $159, but if you like it, maybe you can get them to discount it a bit. I think I paid $140 for mine and don't let the price fool you; the Expedition is a great all fiberglass paddle. It's tough as nails and is so smooth, quiet, and easy to use. If there is a better paddle out there in that price range--I haven't seen it.
take a rescue class|
Posted by: suiram on Jan-30-14 5:02 PM (EST)
or learn on your own how to rescue self and your partner.
Posted by: natekimh on Jan-30-14 8:32 PM (EST)
Posted by: redrocket on Jan-30-14 10:33 PM (EST)
are you goin to take the atchafaliya river or brave the "cancer alley". I did the ohio and the Mississippi starting from central Illinois last year. Check out the maps from riverlorian they are great and give info on water and food. Good luck.
Posted by: lennart on Jan-31-14 11:34 AM (EST)
spent as much as you can on those,
Posted by: 9986mkoh on Jan-31-14 3:18 PM (EST)
I'll look into those paddles and try to find someone to help with technique.
Posted by: 9986mkoh on Jan-31-14 12:08 PM (EST)
We're definitely doiung the Atchafalaya to avoid increased traffic in that section of the Mississippi. Plus, Iwe'd rather be in a littloe bit more wilderness as opposed to a more industrialized area.
Posted by: redrocket on Jan-31-14 10:52 PM (EST)
You can count on water in memphis,and in greenville. There is also a nice campground in greenville right after the the entrance to the port, you can get showers and a resupply if you can bum a ride. Contrary to rumors you cannot camp at natchez but you can get a room at natchez under the hill bar for sixty bucks. You can see it from the boat ramp. I just hid the canoe in the weeds. You can also take a taxi to get food. Be careful going through cairo I would not recommend stopping there. The barge traffic was the worst I saw on the whole trip. There is a campground on the atchafaliya. I did not stop there as I hit it midmorning on the second day. I was getting sixty miles a day on the mississippi, on the atchafaliya I was only getting around a HARD thirty five. There is a goat farm on your right around thirty mile mark on the atchafaliya if you see somebody in the yard stop and talk to them. They will let you camp take showers and all around treat you like family. Be careful of wing dams. Stay out of the way of the army core they do not appreciate you being on the river and can be downright hostile at times. You will have the time of your life.
Maximizing enjoyment. |
Posted by: ezwater on Feb-03-14 3:57 PM (EST)
You want to see a lot of river, even to go from near your home to the sea. But it may turn out that the more you set out to do, the less you will enjoy it. The more you "push on", the less you get out of what you accomplish.
Also a concern...|
Posted by: 9986mkoh on Feb-04-14 8:14 PM (EST)
That was one thing we considered that we really didn't like...the general surroundings of a lot of the Mississippi. It doesn't seem like you're actually in cities too much, so that's not too big of a deal. But when you're talking about getting supplies, that is kind of necessary. I'd prefer to only have stopping locations every week or so for the sake of resupplying in exchange for more seclusion, but you have to compromise somewhat everywhere. Hey, we'll see how it goes...if it gets too bad for any number of reasons, we won't be pushing through miserably.
Look up River Gator|
Posted by: rival51 on Feb-08-14 5:57 PM (EST)
John Ruskey's site covers a good chunk of what you plan to do on the Mississippi. http://www.rivergator.org/