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Flo33
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space in dragonfly2

Post by Flo33 » Fri May 23, 2008 10:38 am

Hello
with my girl friend we are looking for a kayak for 2 persons (55 and 60 kg)
We would like a kayak we can put in a bag for walking, so no more than 15 kg!
The dragonfly2 looks good but we was wondering if there is space inside, particularly on the front of the kayak under the deck?
If not is it possible to put bags about 30 kg on the deck?
Thanks
Flo

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PJohanson
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baggage

Post by PJohanson » Mon May 26, 2008 1:18 pm

There's room at the inside front to put a small bag (like a 10 litre drybag) in front of the bow paddler's feet if she's small.
Be very careful about strapping anything weighing even 10 kg to the front or back decks! I've learned that this raises the centre of gravity and makes the boat feel a bit more wobbly. On flat water, with good swimmers who have practised falling out and are unafraid, not much problem. In rough water, with nervous paddlers who have never tipped the Dragonfly or Dragonfly 2 over, this would be a big problem.

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Post by Flo33 » Sat May 31, 2008 5:11 am

ok, so it is better to avoid bags on the deck!

can some one give me the inside dimensions of the dragonfly 2 please? total length and width

i am 5.7 and she is 5.5, we sould like to put hiking bag (~40l) somewhere!

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bags on deck

Post by PJohanson » Sat May 31, 2008 10:07 am

I've only put bags on a solo Dragonfly, not the Dragonfly 2. Check the posts I made about paddling in the Toronto area on the Trips forum.
Your experience may be different, but I'd put heavy items (like a big bottle of water) inside at the bow, and between the stern paddler's feet. A bag strapped to the front deck or between the paddlers should be a light one.

I recommend both kinds of Dragonfly as a boat that's not too heavy to carry, and I recommend doing safety practise. In safe conditions, fall out of the boat on purpose, without any hiking bags and also with the hiking bags. It made me way more confident that the kayak wouldn't tip easily, that it wasn't the end of the world if I did flip the boat, and that it was easy to flip it back over, climb in and pump it out.

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Post by Flo33 » Mon Jun 02, 2008 10:25 am

Do you have the length between the back seat and the front seat?

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