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by Ryker
Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:20 pm
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: SEE before buy?
Replies: 13
Views: 13328

The Berkeley REI almost always has more than one AE on display - call before you go and they will often set one up, just for you.
by Ryker
Sun May 30, 2010 2:54 pm
Forum: Misc.
Topic: Knot Tying
Replies: 2
Views: 7848

knots

A good place to start:

http://animatedknots.com/

Google search will find two or three more.

Seems like 90% of the time I mostly use just three: bowline, anchor bend, and trucker's hitch.
by Ryker
Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:26 pm
Forum: Paddles
Topic: Paddle length - what's your choice?
Replies: 9
Views: 20101

I'm 6'3" (just under 190 actually), high angle paddler, have an AE 230 and couple of aluminum Carlisle Magic's, 230 and 240. Prefer the 240 hands down even though it weighs 43+ onces. I'm looking for a somewhat lighter fiberglass or carbon, four piece 240, or even longer -- somewhat difficult to fin...
by Ryker
Sat May 30, 2009 9:55 pm
Forum: Advanced Frame Expedition & Ultralite
Topic: af convertible as a solo vs expidetion
Replies: 2
Views: 5659

Exp vs. AEC

I’m a little surprised no one else has commented on your post. Sounds like you and I are trying to make the same decision. I currently have an AF 10.5 with a homemade backbone and am looking for more leg and “cargoâ€￾ room (I’m 6’3â€￾ and 225). I’m not all that knowledgeable but have now paddled all three, sort of…..

I was recently at an REI demo paddle day on a flat water no wind day and I test paddled the Expedition and then later the Convertible (solo) for about 15 minutes each. Neither had a backbone or a foot brace and the AEC did not have a deck and was slightly underinflated. Unfortunately, it was not a complete apples-to-apples test as I had to use somewhat different paddles with each, and there was more than an hour in between tests. (At next week’s demo day I’m taking my own paddle.) But, trying to duplicate stroke technique and effort, my GPS says there was only a couple tenths mph difference, with the Expedition slightly faster – my usual cruising effort producing about 3.8 mph; that’s a bit more than my usual 3.3-3.5 with the AF. I felt more “connectedâ€￾ to the Expedition, more like a sit-inside kayak, and I’m sure a foot brace would have helped. The AEC took a couple more strokes to get to speed, and was a little slower to turn. The AEC without a deck was a whole lot easier to get in!

I realize this is not the ocean answer you’re looking for. Right now I’m paddling a couple times a week in 10 – 20 mph winds with gusts to 30, and 1 – 2 foot wind chop. The AF is not a fun ride in this stuff. I’m not convinced the Exp or AEC would be all that much better. That being said, I’m leaning toward the AEC just to get that extra 2’ of water line and hopefully a little smoother ride in the chop. Still haven’t made a decision.
by Ryker
Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:46 pm
Forum: Advanced Frame and Advanced Frame Sport
Topic: 10.5 Valve placement, 2005 model
Replies: 2
Views: 5656

Valve placement

Thanks! That's what I did for a couple of paddles, but it was just enough off center (about half a valve width) that I was concerned it may cause a problem. Sure makes filling that chamber a lot quicker and easier!
by Ryker
Sun Feb 01, 2009 12:16 pm
Forum: Compare Models
Topic: Advancedframe convertible vs AdvancedFrame (single)
Replies: 3
Views: 10035

AFC vs. AFE

I'm about 3cm shorter and 3kg lighter and am mulling over a similar decision. I currently have an AF 10.5 and it works well 95% of the time when I'm single. But now that people realize I'm hooked on kayaking, they are wanting to come along for a ride, especially the grandkids. Based on many posts he...
by Ryker
Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:04 pm
Forum: Advanced Frame and Advanced Frame Sport
Topic: 10.5 Valve placement, 2005 model
Replies: 2
Views: 5656

10.5 Valve placement, 2005 model

I have a 2005 model AF 10.5. The deck valve is difficult to fill through the access hole in the deck Usually only about half of it can be seen. (With any luck a picture will be next! Don't quite get this URL linking stuff.) http://picasaweb.google.com/POBox544/Desktop?authkey=8P0HWCdrRKw Is it OK to...
by Ryker
Sun Dec 14, 2008 1:57 pm
Forum: Misc.
Topic: Which gps do you use / like?
Replies: 6
Views: 12042

I use a Garmin GPSmap 76c -- had it four or five years. Does everything I need it to do. The Garmin Mapsource maps work OK for me so far -- based on comments from other places, I've not purchased the Bluewater maps. I agree that the base maps are not very useful. The most used feature is "Go To" a w...
by Ryker
Sun Dec 14, 2008 1:31 pm
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: How fast do YOU go?
Replies: 5
Views: 7945

I average about 3.3 mph with moderate effort, for extended periods of time, in an AF 10.5 --- say 15 to 20 minute periods of paddling. (Garmin GPSmap 76c)
by Ryker
Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:54 pm
Forum: Advanced Frame Convertible & Advanced Frame 2
Topic: KayakIraq! (Actually just some questions about the AEC)
Replies: 3
Views: 6210

Kayaking Carquinez

Hello Kyle, from one of the Benicia guys!

Thanks for your service to our country!

I bought a “brand newâ€￾ 2005 AE AF 10.5 early in September from a shop in LA that had it sitting in inventory for three years. Got it for $305 including shipping. Found it by doing a nationwide Google search on CraigsList.org. One or two good buys show up each week, so they are not hard to find, just takes some patience. If you want a dealer, I bought paddle, PFD and hand pump from AirKayaks.com up in Clear Lake and you’ll have to look long and hard to find nicer, fairer or more knowledgeable people.

Storage is also a problem for me, as is my transportation – my daily driver is a Miata and kayak and accessories had to fit in the trunk, therefore the 10.5 instead of an Expedition or Convertible. BTW, I’m 6’3â€￾ and 225lbs, so the fit in the 10.5 and the MX-5 are comparable – that is to say, uh, sung, but I can get comfortable.

My kayaking experience before I bought the AF was exactly two rentals, one sit-on-top in Suisun Marina and one sit-inside in Sausalito, both doubles. No regrets, great boat, has done everything I expected it to do. I am thinking seriously about getting a backbone to help tracking.

The neatest thing about having the 10.5 in my car trunk is I can get off work here in Benicia at 17h00 and be feet wet in any of several places in fifteen minutes. So, in just five weeks, I’ve been out on the Carquinez Strait seven times, going from bridge to bridge. I’ve stayed fairly close to the Benicia side, not yet venturing across the channel. I’m still learning how to identify and navigate the almost three knot peak ebb and flood currents. And I’m lucky that our usual 15 to 20 knot wind has not yet been a factor.

As many others on this forum have suggested, as a minimum I always carry the pump, PFD, throw rope, GPS, and headlight, even though I’ve not yet been more than klick or so from shore.

Bottom line, once you’ve got the basic equipment, kayaking is a really inexpensive hobby, and starter boat or long term, I think you’ll do fine with an AE.

<Ryker>
by Ryker
Sun Oct 12, 2008 8:49 pm
Forum: Advanced Frame and Advanced Frame Sport
Topic: First paddle trip
Replies: 0
Views: 4883

First paddle trip

First time out my “newâ€￾ 10.5 this afternoon. Cruised the Carquinez Strait, from 9th street to the State Park and back, outbound into about a 15 knot quartering wind. I’m very pleased – the 10.5 is everything I’d hoped and expected it to be. BTW, I’m 6’3â€￾, 225lbs, and while it is a snug fit for me, I found it to be quite comfortable once I shed my shoes.

Had a little bit of left turn tendency, probably due to a slight main chamber misalignment, and maybe a little bit due to the quartering wind. Skeg’s at about a 45 degree deformed angle also, but I’ve read that it doesn’t have much effect.

Many thanks to all of you for your posts in this community forum – your comments were a primary factor in my purchase decision.
by Ryker
Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:51 pm
Forum: Misc.
Topic: FORUM COSTRUCTION
Replies: 25
Views: 29753

New Posts (uh-oh!)

Oh my goodness, I should of looked closer before I hit return.

"Kinda difficult to find the latest posts -- maybe if there was some way to find the most recent posts since, say the last time I logged in?"

Wouldn't you know it, there it is right at the top of the page!

Excellent! Thanks Jeremy!
by Ryker
Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:43 pm
Forum: Misc.
Topic: FORUM COSTRUCTION
Replies: 25
Views: 29753

New Fromat

Well, I think I sorta like it. Easy to find specific topics. Kinda difficult to find the latest posts -- maybe if there was some way to find the most recent posts since, say the last time I logged in? Like a previous poster, I read a lot of posts before deciding on a 10.5 AF -- but reading all those...