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pipesmoker
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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2010 2:11 am Reply with quote Back to top

Hi Everone, I have read all thye posts that everyone is asking about kayaking, Still i feel a little trepedation about it. As i am 53, suffer from bad knees, (but arms okay).
Okay a dry suit, which type of kayak should i be looking for? (sit on or sit in), Safety gear (a definite must), Leashes (Oh Yes).
I'm not looking for going far out just 400yrds if that, (want to escape from 4 daughters and a missis).
Advice, suggestions (constructive ones please), anything to make me more comfortable about taking it up. Would like to attend some form of instruction (a confidence booster).
I am going to get one and the bits that go with it, so the more advice the better.
Thanks confused
 
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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2010 9:23 am Reply with quote Back to top

loads of information here
http://www.anglersafloat.co.uk/
Kayak :- sit on top 12 foot plus
Dry suit:- try to get one with a convenience zip or very good bladder control winking
Instruction a confidence booster :- you can do a BCU star 1 if you have never paddled before
Safety gear :- flares, buoyancy jacket, yes I know you can swim, but buoyancy jacket, VHF radio, not 100%, but 90% a very good investment as mobile phones sometimes can't get a signal when you need help, yes I know your only going out 400 yards, but with a strong currant and tide by the time you have got your anchor up could be more like 500 years
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 4:57 pm Reply with quote Back to top

thanks yakdiver, very helpful the site you mentioned, much appreciated
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 9:34 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Sit On tops better, way easiet to get back into if you end up in the drink...

Dont be put off, they are great, safety first though, dont go off alone at first until you are used to things.

Tarpon 120 a good buy, Prowlers too but heavy yaks, dont take too much tackle, you realy dont have to, 3 or 4 of the important stuff and the little bits is fine, 2 rods max, mount a scotty mount at the front, anything else you may need email me direct: jrdlemon@msn.com
 
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 5:16 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Well, I have gone and done it, Ordered my first Yak an Ocean Prowler Ultra 4.7. I go and pick it up tomorrow (tuesday 17 may 2010). Am getting the other gear at the same time, Drysuit, trolley, PDA, Paddles, Leashes and other safety gear, Not forgetting the anchor. I will go to the boating lake and ask if i can try it out on the lake, just to get used to it. I will Admit I am very excited about getting it, I know its not all roses, but tell what is, more important it will give me excercise( thats what i told her in doors), big hug big grin big grin
Anyhow i will tell you all how i get on.
 
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 8:12 pm Reply with quote Back to top

thinking about it, playing golf is a way to get away from her indoor, id recomend a Cart and membership to the 19th hole aswell
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 1:05 am Reply with quote Back to top

not as satisfying though. big hug big grin
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 2:57 am Reply with quote Back to top

thats a nice yak m8
bet it set you back a bit tho
good luck and keep us updated on how you get on with it
Cheers
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 6:40 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Well I have gone and done it, taken my hard earned pennies and bought an ocean prowler 4.7 ultra, got the safety equipment, awaiting delivery of my drysuit (hopefully tomorrow), Oh I am so eager to try it out on the baoting lake here. Was going to post a picture, but one of my daughters has nicked two of the batteries angry , When i get some batterries i will post a picture. Boy oh boy Guess who is a happy little bunny big hug
Why Meeeeeeeee big grin
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 7:17 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I bet you wont lift that on to your roof alone!

15 feet of heavy plastic there...
 
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 12:29 pm Reply with quote Back to top

yes your right, but i'm figuring a way of doing it..... (brain scratching).....cant find any one to go with at the moment. the people at the boating lake want me to use their kayaks, told them what i have... they have never heard of them......some how i don't think they will be much help as they are sports kayaks and sit inside....aw well hopefully i willl figure a way through it all.... will post my progress so we can laugh at the cockups ad smile and the sucessess... catch you all later
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 8:22 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Guess who is a prat......... yes me, .............. suddenly reliesed i have a blinking trailer which it will fit on... no lifting onto roof rack ('whew!')

completed the anchor trolley and anchor, added some more brackets. problem with the ocean kayak ultra 4.7, not enough clip placements and no where to tie off the anchor but i have managed to sort my way through ('smug')

if anyone is interested the screw threads on the nuts which are set into the kayak are m5 ~(5mm) screw thread.

will add more as i progress, will take a picture and post it....
 
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