Hey all. New to this forum looking to gather any advice i can get.
I am in search of a new kayak, I have been paddling a Pungo 120 the past 2 years and need an upgrade. I took the Pungo on a 93 mile trip on Allagash river last year and the Pungo did OK but was very slow. My friend in an Old Town Nantucket 15' blew me away the whole time.(5day trip)
I am in search of something faster,good storage space and comfortable seat. keep in mind the Allagash has 5 miles of I-II class rapids, The wide open lakes have strong winds and the water becomes very choppy.....This was not fun in my little pungo.
I am going to try and find a used boat and here is my line up of what is available at this point in time. let my know what you guys think or if you have any kayak reccomendations. Thanks, Mike.
1.)Wilderness Systems Cape Lookout 155
2.)Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145
3.)P&H Capella 166
Reflective Hull Decals
Electric Kayak Motor
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I guess I would urge you |
Posted by: rpg51 on Mar-24-14 6:59 PM (EST)
Posted by: mcline86 on Mar-24-14 7:13 PM (EST)
Not a very big fan of canoes.....kayaking is much more pleasurable to me. More of a "one with the water" feeling rather than being in a boat. Im sure the Allagash can be enjoyed from either aspect though.
Yes I do understand -|
Posted by: rpg51 on Mar-24-14 7:22 PM (EST)
based on that list|
Posted by: sapien on Mar-24-14 10:56 PM (EST)
I would personally choose the Capella (but only if it's a later model with the round & oval hatches) because it opens up additional sea-kayaking opportunities and you get more boat for about the same weight -- however, I would not hesitate to take the Tsunami on that trip. I own both (as well as a Zephyr) and the Tsunami has the more comfortable outfitting of the two. It's like an SUV, not great at maneuvering but it's versatile and comfortable with tons of room for camping gear. I can show you a multitude of pictures where we have taken Tsunamis down twisty rivers and creeks, through rapids and across large open lakes. It does have a little rocker but it also has a grabby stern keel; if you can find one with a rudder that will help a lot with maneuverability, especially when loaded.
How big are you?|
Posted by: tetonjohn on Mar-25-14 10:13 AM (EST)
A used Tsunami 145 may be available to you, but it is huge, which may or may not be a good thing for you. I tried one out a few years ago and thought it was too cavernous. For reference, I'm 6'2" and was about 175lbs -- at the time!
You do need to provide height and weight|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-25-14 10:41 AM (EST)
You are looking now at boats where having a proper fit and hitting the design weight can make it much easier to mange the boat in class 2. Pungos just are not about responsive maneuvering, unless you are big and like paddling with knee protectors.
Posted by: wccanoe on Mar-25-14 10:57 AM (EST)
There was a time not very long ago when kayaks (depending on the length to width) were not allowed on the Allagash. There are quite a number of rules to be followed on the Allagash Waterway (no sails/sailing canoes etc.). A woman who had done all of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail to that point in a kayak was told she needed a different boat to finish.
Posted by: mcline86 on Mar-25-14 1:11 PM (EST)
I'm 5'9" 170lbs. we were stopped once by the game warden on like day 3 and he said nothing about kayaks not being allowed, just checked our fishing license. we also saw 2 other kayaker out there.... so I'm sure they are allowed.
Thousands of kayaks...|
Posted by: spiritboat on Mar-25-14 4:02 PM (EST)
Kayaks on the Allagash|
Posted by: canoevt on Mar-27-14 1:43 AM (EST)
It is true that only "canoes" are allowed on the Allagash. They go by an old definition for a canoe which states that the width of the vessel must not be greater than 25% of the length. A Pungo 120 does fails with this criteria. I remember warning a kayaker of this when we saw her on Eagle Lake with a wide, short kayak. Her kayak remained in the storage rack at Churchill dam where the ranger would not let her proceed down the river with it. While this rule may be antiquated and originally designed to keep rafters destined for day trips down Chase Rapids away it was still in effect just a few years ago when I was there last.
You would be OK in many boats|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-25-14 4:37 PM (EST)
You are close into "average paddler" boat. The sizing is still based on male forms, hence heavier and taller than average female. You don't need a big person's boat.
the 145 is too big for you|
Posted by: sapien on Mar-25-14 5:36 PM (EST)
I'm a similar size to you plus a few more lbs and have a Tsunami 140, with hip pads added. Too bad you're not closer, I would let you try it since I have it up for sale. A Tsunami or similar kayak might be a good transitional step for you coming from a Pungo.
Posted by: mcline86 on Mar-25-14 5:56 PM (EST)
I just stopped by my local eastern mountain sports and they have tsunami 145, 160 and 165 on clearence brand new 750$....would the 160 be any faster?
Posted by: sapien on Mar-25-14 6:25 PM (EST)
Remember folks |
Posted by: rpg51 on Mar-25-14 8:07 PM (EST)
not seeing that as a deciding factor|
Posted by: sapien on Mar-25-14 8:25 PM (EST)
for the OP's desire overall for "something faster, good storage space and comfortable seat", even if he takes the same trip. various other 15-16' kayaks and canoes (including his friend's Old Town Nantucket) have made it down those rapids just fine; I don't recall them being terribly difficult. He'll have to assess what types of paddling he intends to undertake in general, and pick a suitable craft.
Posted by: mcline86 on Mar-25-14 10:12 PM (EST)
so I purchased my new kayak tonight. I decided to go with the tsunami 140.
Posted by: sapien on Mar-25-14 11:26 PM (EST)
and enjoy the new boat! sounds like it's a great choice for what you want to do with it; a mix of river and lake touring, camping and fishing. you could probably add a flush-mount rod holder behind the cockpit if you wanted to. you can get a whole lot of mileage out of a Tsunami, I know I have! add hip pads and learn to edge it some and the turning will become easier.
Kayaks and canoes are both allowed|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-25-14 8:21 PM (EST)
but length to width restrictions apply to both craft.
Okay, I am curious|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Mar-25-14 8:47 PM (EST)
Do you know the reason for this requirement regarding the ratio of length/width? I wonder if it's the result of someone's good intentions run amok, or if it's totally nonsensical (and oh, maybe there could even be a legitimate reason that I can't seem to think of).
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-26-14 7:43 AM (EST)
But makes no sense to me. Kayaks on the Allagash are not traditional either
"Wilderness waterway" ??|
Posted by: jackl on Mar-26-14 8:32 AM (EST)
To each his own. |
Posted by: rpg51 on Mar-26-14 7:51 PM (EST)
The Allagash will manage without you. But, you don't know what you are missing. It is a special and beautiful place.
Posted by: mcline86 on Mar-26-14 8:16 AM (EST)
thank you. this thread has turned into what's the traditional way to paddle the allagash....
Posted by: spiritboat on Mar-26-14 8:59 AM (EST)
Well done. Pack light and enjoy your Tsunami.
Don't shoot the Messenger.|
Posted by: wccanoe on Mar-26-14 10:17 AM (EST)
Have a great trip!|
Posted by: rpg51 on Mar-26-14 7:46 PM (EST)
If you can get the time - try poling up Allagash Stream to Allagash Lake and check out the ice caves.
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-26-14 8:55 PM (EST)
Posted by: rpg51 on Mar-27-14 6:33 AM (EST)
Best to avoid the weeks immediately after ice out if your are seeking solitude. It is very popular with the fishing crowd. I went in from Johnson Pond once and that is an easy way to get there. But the "best" way might be to pole up from Chamberlain and spend a night at the falls on Allagash Stream. Just a thought.
As I live in the woods|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-27-14 7:14 AM (EST)
at the end of a camp road, solitude is everyday. I don't mind company.
Bring your ear plugs.|
Posted by: rpg51 on Mar-28-14 7:00 AM (EST)
its not a long drive for me|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-28-14 9:26 AM (EST)
3 hours. If I don't like what I find its easy enough to go to another lake.
Posted by: rpg51 on Mar-28-14 8:30 PM (EST)
Johnson Pond is very pretty - and quiet. Everyone heads down the stream to the lake and you can have the spot all to yourself at night.
Posted by: sweeper on Mar-29-14 8:42 AM (EST)
The first time we paddled the Allagash I was the odd man out and paddled a 145 OT Loon, Since then I've bought 2 160 Cayuga that my SD uses in both high and low water trips.
What just occurred to me|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-29-14 9:03 AM (EST)
now (duh) is the words New and Allagash