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by Tim
Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: Four day expedition down the Goulburn River in Australia
Replies: 11
Views: 8858

I agree that the portability of the boat is very impressive. Thanks Advanced Elements for designing and manufacturing such a lightweight yet durable and capable kayak! For what it is and what it costs, it is very impressive. I had been looking around for a compact lightweight kayak for some time, an...
by Tim
Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:01 pm
Forum: PackLite Kayak
Topic: Four day overnight expedition in a Packlite
Replies: 2
Views: 3975

22 lb of camping equipment is not bad, but I think the real accolades must go to AE for building a kayak that is only 4 lb in weight, which can carry me and all my stuff with such ease. That is very impressive!
by Tim
Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: PackLite Kayak
Topic: Four day overnight expedition in a Packlite
Replies: 2
Views: 3975

Four day overnight expedition in a Packlite

Greetings folks! My name is Tim, and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I recently purchased a Packlite kayak, which I believe is almost identical to the Firefly in its size and shape, but is lighter weight, being only 4 lb instead of 16 lb. I have used the Packlite on several outings now, with the latest being a four day solo expedition on the Goulburn River in Australia. I have posted a trip report with some photos under the "Trips & Locations" section of this forum.

I am quite tall (1.90 m - 6’ 3â€￾), and I weigh 80 kg (180 lb), and I was also carrying camping equipment with a weight of about 10 kg (22 lb). I have discussed the logistics in some more detail in my trip report.

I love the Packlite. It has enabled me to take portability to new levels from my other kayaks (a Folbot Citibot folding kayak and a Challenger inflatable), which are both heavier, and much bulkier when packed up.
by Tim
Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: Four day expedition down the Goulburn River in Australia
Replies: 11
Views: 8858

Thanks Mate, not only for your kind words, but for showing some appreciation for my efforts. Thanks also for allowing me to be a contributor to your forum! Tim.
by Tim
Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: New Members
Topic: Greetings from Melbourne, Australia!
Replies: 2
Views: 2756

An additional addendum: I have figured out how to insert images. I have presented some photos from the trip with the report under the "Trips & Locations" section of the forum, titled "Four day expedition down the Goulburn River in Australia". Please ignore my previous request for hints on the upload...
by Tim
Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:50 pm
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: Four day expedition down the Goulburn River in Australia
Replies: 11
Views: 8858

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by Tim
Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: Four day expedition down the Goulburn River in Australia
Replies: 11
Views: 8858

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by Tim
Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: Four day expedition down the Goulburn River in Australia
Replies: 11
Views: 8858

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by Tim
Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: Four day expedition down the Goulburn River in Australia
Replies: 11
Views: 8858

I have just worked out how to add images. Please ignore my previous requests for help with this!

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by Tim
Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:23 pm
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: Four day expedition down the Goulburn River in Australia
Replies: 11
Views: 8858

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by Tim
Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: New Members
Topic: Greetings from Melbourne, Australia!
Replies: 2
Views: 2756

Addendum to previous: I have been unable to upload the photos as intended. I was also unable to post on the Packlite section of the forum, but have been able to post a trip report on the "Trips & Locations" section of the forum. Sorry about this folks. I am hoping to upload some photos to my trip re...
by Tim
Mon Apr 04, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Trips & Locations
Topic: Four day expedition down the Goulburn River in Australia
Replies: 11
Views: 8858

Four day expedition down the Goulburn River in Australia

Hello packboaters!

Greetings from Australia! My name is Tim, and I own a Packlite kayak. I want to tell you about a four day 105 km (65 mile) solo expedition that I made last week in the Packlite kayak down the beautiful Goulburn River, which is in the south eastern part of Australia, about 70 km north of Melbourne. I had already taken the kayak out on a few short day trips during the months that I have owned it, but this was the first time that I had taken it out on a multi-day trip.

I travelled from Melbourne by bus to a town on the river called Alexandra, paddled downstream for the next four days, then boarded a train back to Melbourne from a town called Seymour, which also lies on the Goulburn River, 105 km downstream of Alexandra. This section of the Goulburn River is beautiful, and in most parts has a flow speed of about 4 kph (2.5 mph), which enabled me to be lazy and float down the river whenever I wanted a break from the paddling. There were a few sections of mild rapids, but generally the route was all fairly smooth. The scenery and wildlife along the journey was so beautiful as to see me often bobbing along without paddling, instead fumbling for my camera. The surrounding countryside is sparsely populated and is largely used for grazing of livestock. Unfortunately this has brought crack willow trees to the river banks, which were originally planted there to prevent erosion, but unfortunately these have rapidly reproduced and infested vast stretches of the river banks. The beautiful native river red gum trees still prevail in most areas, and a significant amount of native wildlife remains and continues to flourish. I saw some 12 platypuses during my journey, as well as native turtles and many different types of native birds, including sulphur-crested cockatoos, corellas, rosellas, lorikeets and wedge-tailed eagles. Each of these animals is spectacular in its own right, so collectively they helped to make the trip very enjoyable. I camped out on the river banks for the three nights that I was on the expedition, and had a tent, stove and food and all the other essentials on board with me to enable me to do this.

Overall I had a terrific trip, but of greatest interest to you guys, I found the Packlite kayak to be excellent. It performed well without giving me any problems, particularly with respect to punctures or structural failures. Its behaviour on the water was great, whilst its portability enabled me to carry it and all my other camping equipment without any trouble. I am quite tall (1.90 m - 6’ 3â€￾), and I weigh 80 kg (180 lb), and I was also carrying camping equipment with a weight of about 10 kg (22 lb). I had most of this camping equipment in a backpack that was lashed to the tie-down points at the bow of the kayak, but I also had a smaller dry bag lashed to the stern. In the cockpit I had another dry bag for keeping certain items close at hand, such as my camera, map, snacks, sunscreen etc. With about 18 lb of weight tied to the bow, I reckon the kayak actually tracked better than it did on previous outings where there was no luggage on board, but it was still very manoeuvrable whenever I needed to make a rapid turn. I also found that I was able to get my feet in underneath my backpack, so the luggage didn’t have any appreciable negative impact on my comfort, nor did it intrude into my paddle stroke space.

I have some photos that I took during the trip, but it seems that I am unable to upload any to this forum. Perhaps someone can point me in the right direction on how to do this, if it is possible.

I hope that you have enjoyed hearing about my expedition in the Packlite. I welcome any questions that you might have about it.

Happy paddling!
Tim.
by Tim
Mon Apr 04, 2016 2:34 pm
Forum: New Members
Topic: Greetings from Melbourne, Australia!
Replies: 2
Views: 2756

Greetings from Melbourne, Australia!

Hello packboaters, and greetings from Melbourne, Australia! My name is Tim. Going by the other messages I see here, It looks like I may be the southern most member of the forum. Some months ago I purchased a Packlite kayak, which I have been enjoying immensely. Last week I took it out on a four day ...