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First time on the sea

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:38 pm
by Steve
I've been out on lakes before but after relocating back to Malta (Europe) last year I have finally been out on sea where I bought the kayak for.

It was only a quick trip round a bay, more to ensure all is still in order after being shipped and packed up for a while.

First impressions are very good. The AE is very stable and tracks excellently - I have the backbone and have not been out without it. The sea was pretty calm but it handled the waves from speedboats better than I'd expected.

I took my dad out who's not getting any younger but at one point we built up a really good speed, most of the time I forgot I was in an iflatable, performance really is on a par with rigid hull kayaks.

I have the AE pop up sail which I wanted to try but the wind was not behind us so I'll reserve judgement. However I'm a keen sailor so will probably look for a proper (upwind) sailkit with outriggers. Speaking of wind, there wasn't all that much but I got the feeling the kayak will catch wind in a stif breeze.

This year no big plans in mind with a 1 year old baby, but looking forward to future camping trips around and on neighbouring islands.

Overall very happy with an excellent product.

Cheers
Steve

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:19 pm
by PJohanson
Sounds like you had a good time! Maybe there is a lake or a lagoon near your home that will be easy to reach.

Posted: Mon May 06, 2013 5:46 am
by Steve
Yes it was good. No lakes around here but we're a small group of islands in the middle of a big sea so enough fun to be had

look for Malta on google maps :)