Instant Kayaking!

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PJohanson
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Post by PJohanson » Sat Feb 12, 2011 3:11 pm

This week I got a couple of weekday paddles in -- always a good feeling. Thursday didn't seem at first like a good day to get on the water. I have a new writing assignment, been waiting for another editor to phone as arranged, and then came a call from Marlene about going to the coffee shop.
In a flash I knew I could still shoehorn a kayak outing into this day. Marlene arranged to come by the Beach house in an hour and a quarter. So I got into my wetsuit and PFD and yanked out my little inflatable from its carry-bag. Today I used my Dragonfly, an older version of what's now called the Lagoon.
Once again, can't say enough praise about the Advanced Elements inflatables. From packed bag to on the water in under ten minutes! That's including the time to put away the pump & empty bag, and then take leisurely stroll a couple hundred yards to the beach with the little kayak on my shoulder.
The tide was out and the day was bright for February. Today I was alone, so I stayed inside the shelter of Cadboro Bay and close to shore in case of an unplanned swim in the familiar but chilly water. I headed out past the little rock garden, startling a heron, to look at Sheep Cove. There was the heron again, fixing the gaze of one beady eye on me and daring me to make him move again. And there were four gamboling river otters, eating something they'd found in the kelp at the cove. It was really their turn to enjoy the cove.
I turned around into the slight breeze, and found my head blowing clear and all my thoughts clean and straight. So much easier to write on days when I've been out in a kayak!
Back onshore, I zig-zagged around various people visiting Gyro Park with kids or dogs or lunch close at hand. They all look so wary when they arrive, and less fussy by the time they leave...
I let about 25% of the air out of the inflatable before stuffing it into the porch and going indoors. Talk about instant kayaking -- one hour total, starting when I stood up from my computer till I was re-dressed in clothes for going to the coffee shop. Not a bad day overall, especially with the interval on the water.

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Post by lee johnson » Sat Feb 12, 2011 4:17 pm

Score another winning goal (fellow Canadian!) for the Lagoon/Dragonfly/Skedaddle 8' 4" wonder of a kayak. Yes, there is no excuse not to hit the water in a hurry with one of those (actually, any of the AE kayaks go together quickly; but the prize-winner for convenience and ease is the Lagoon).

One time, I was in my old Skedaddle (now with another family member) and came shooting onto the shores of Vancouver's English Bay on a very wavy, windy day. A kite-boarder ran over and said, "Hey, dude, that looks like fun!" Well it was, I reassured him - but I had never been called a "dude" before! Score one for AE kayaks and the young image they project.

Tomorrow, a group of us go out on the Salton Sea for a day-early Valentine's Day paddle, followed by heart-shaped cookies and snacks. Our kayaks for this occasion will be a 10' 5" Sport and a similar WM AF 1, with its alarming neon-green deck. It is around 80 F. (27 C.) today, much like the temps I had to endure while doing some SUP-er paddling on the Big Island of Hawaii last month. "Permanently unemployed" is a great category to be in! Even for a Superannuated Dude.

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Post by lakejumper » Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:06 pm

Great posts! It make me want to get out on the water.

Lee,
How do you like the Sport in comparison to the Dragonfly1? I currently have the Dragonfly and want to trade up.

Lakejumper

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Sport vs. Lagoon

Post by lee johnson » Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:25 am

Well, I do have a few thoughts about the relative merits of the Lagoon and the Sport - but they should appear under "Compare Models" rather than here. So, please flip over to that category for a comment or two.

Lee (currently "Pablo the Penguin," enjoying being warm in the deserts of SoCal: "Experience Global Warming: Visit Borrego Springs."

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Post by PJohanson » Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:52 pm

Lee makes some great points when comparing the Lagoon to the Sport AF -- check them out in the Compare Models discussion!
My suggestion for someone wanting to try a bigger boat is to skip a step and go for an Expedition. That's where you start getting to see some real difference between one of these kayaks and another.

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