Loving the water and living on it I recently bought Kayaks. I was thinking about this for 10 years. I use to race offshore boats and love the challenge of the water. From 145 to 5 mph but it is still me and the water. People said it would be bad for my back which goes out from time to time. So far it has been good and comfortable.
Anyway I rented with my GF and we bought a few hours later. I bought a Ocean Trident Prowler 15' and she got a Hobie Quest 13' both sit on tops. Racing boats and cars I like to go fast as possible. I noticed my paddle Bending Branches carbon shaft plastic blades leaves a bit to be desired when going fast as it seems small in the blade size. I think I could pull more blade and was thinking the Ikelos by Werner. The plastic blades on my present paddle seems to bend back on a good stroke and not to efficient. I read it was silly to buy a 400 dollar paddle for a poly boat but it has to help my travel rate I think? Any thoughts appreciated.
Now the boats I have are great & fun, I use them on the south shore of Long Island western end Nassau County. I can slide them off the boat dock and into the canal for instant fun. I then go into some 5 mph boat areas and it is fairly calm most of the time. I did go out in some 30 mph winds with a decent chop as I enjoy rougher water most. This weekend I went out Jones Inlet to the edge of the ocean some two foot chop and some bigger boat wakes. I went about 12 miles total for the day in some decent chop at times. Surprised my body didn't protest it more at 58 but I enjoy physical work also. i think I could paddle much further or most of the day at a comfrotable pace. I do take my hand held Marine radio that floats which is tied to my vest. The significant other likes the calmer water so she stayed at the beach and i continued to the ocean. She does amazingly well paddling and loves it also.
It usually seems harder for me if I am coming back with the wind and waves as it stalls the boat on the back of the waves and they following waves seem to push the boat sideways for a tough paddle at times. i am sure I could do better with more experience. i may get some paddling & safety lessons if I get the other boat from the dealer Empire. Tips appreciated on this and me!
Next I was thinking of a better faster boat for longer travel in rougher bay travel and some ocean swells. So after reading what my dealer sells and a few back issues of this forums magazine I was looking at the Soltice Titan GT by Current Designs. Being about 210 lb. and 6' I don't think I would fit in some of the smaller cockpits with 16" width. My race car seat is 17". I read a review on the similar boat the Soltice GT a bit slimmer and it seemed decent. Any thoughts on this boat and it fitting my type of water usage for most of my time is appreciated. I would like to do some day river travel also but more scenic than white water.
If you got this far thanks for listening or any insight you may have.
Next question will be cold weather clothing and safety in the cold water. I would like to still get the exercise in the winter even if it is up and down the canal and close to shore. Hobie Quest was good bang for the buck and a decent boat for the money and I steal it from her when she is not home.
Edited by DogPaddle52 (08/30/10 07:33 PM)
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