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.
Anyway, I also have a Sirocco and I think it is a superb sea kayak, but if you have the standard seat and backband, the backband can stand a little tweaking. To make it work much, much better, change out the tiny bungee cord that comes with it, to a larger size. That means you will have to drill the holes in the coaming a bit larger, etc.
While you're at it, you might want to go to the next size up on the deck bungees too.
If you haven't discovered yet, you will that the Sirocco likes to have you use the skeg. Don't try to be a purest and only use it when you have to. It's there for a reason--use it.
Also, in case you haven't tried it yet, the Sirocco will right itself from a capsize if you just stay seated and lean back a little over the back deck. I don't even have to keep my head in the water, nor help it by bracing with the paddle.
Unless CD has started using a better sticking tape at the faux deck/hull seam, don't be surprised if yours starts coming loose. Stick it back on with some 5200 3M and you'll be back in bidness. Here's a hint--go to a Home Depot to get your tube of 5200--it's about half the price of other stores. Come to think of it, I just used silicone adhesive, which is even cheaper and it has never come loose again.
Good luck with your trip.
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