Another Newbi with a AFC - in Norway.

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Another Newbi with a AFC - in Norway.

Post by RobertG » Sun Aug 02, 2009 12:22 pm

Hi all,

I joined this forum today, but I have been reading many-many post since I bought my Convertible early in July-09.
Since I for the time beeing, live in an apartment buliding, storing a hardshell is not a option.
So when a work colleague showed the AF series to me, I was hooked.
After thinking about an AF for some weeks, and doing some research, I finally decided to buy one.
I choose the Convertible, to have the option for some company with a second paddler.
And for storage of tent, sleeping bag etc, if I want to stay out over a weekend or more..

The weather has not been so good here this summer, but I was finally able to get out for that first maiden vouage on the 28 of July.
Here she is, ready to go. Ain't she pretty. :D
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For this trip, I went to a lake (Kilevannet) about 20km from my home. The shape of the lake is somewhat strange.
The lake consists of two main bodys of water, connected with long "arms" of water.
And several arms that goes out in different directions. These arms may look like rivers on the images.
In my native language, they are called "Kiler", or translated to English, Wedges.
In other words, you may say the lakes name is Lake Wedge in English. :wink:
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I bothered some ducks, could not get close enough to see what kind though.
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I passed an abandoned beaver home on the way.
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Later I come across a grey Heron on one of these wedges. It was quite shy, and as soon as it felt that I was to close.
It would fly away some distance and land.
This prosess repeated about 10 times before the lake opened up again, and I paddled to the left -
while the Heron flew to to the right.
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Some more images from the trip.
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All in all, it was good to go out on the water in the Convertible! :)
I paddled 10 km in a relaxed way.
The last time I was out paddling was in a canoe, and that was about 5 years ago.
I was very comfortable in the Convertible, but some small amounts of water did get in between the zipper teeth's.
I wonder if some zipper wax will help? Does any one here have experience with zipper wax, does it help keeping water out?

My legs did not like it though. I need something in front, so my feet has something to push upon.
The easiest solution I suppose, is just to stow something in front for support.
Or are the something one can buy, or DIY? Tips apperciated.

But I am glad I bought the AFC! :)
Now I can get out on the water again. I have missed it!

Regards,
Robert
PS. Sorry for some bad English, but English is not my native language. :)

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"Me too!!!!"

Post by MDO » Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:28 am

I love your pics - I ust came back from my very first paddle, and I should have brought a camera...

I received my kayak (single version of the AF) last evening (UPS).(':D') My daughter (19 years old) initially said: "Inflatable???? OH! You mean you bought a toy?!" Then she saw it inflated. Then she wanted to stay home today to try if with me.... he-he-he! (She's at work).

I set off in the Trent canal - 1 min drive from my home) around 8h30 AM. It was SO COOL to pack the somewhat refolded kayak in the trunk of my little Honda Civic. Gear and all. And I can EASILY carry everything by myself.

Re-inflating and setting up took me about 15 min (I had not centered the floor properly and had to do it twice). It was easy to carry the kayak to the water, easy to get into....what comfort, and so much stability! Then paddling. I could not beleive it. I ended up staying out for 2 hours, at a very leisurly pace of about 3 km/hour (= 1.6 knot). I saw a family of ducks, a group of about 20 turtles basking by the shore, I got to about 3 meters of a Great Blue Heron who was standing on a barnch by the shore, and a young bald eagle hovered and landed in a tree, then flew away as I slowly approached. It was so peaceful. I laughed when a not-so-polite boater forgot to slow down, causing a fair bit of wake: with one movement, I turned to face them, and my bow sliced right through the waves!

I am extatic...(':lol:').thanks so much to AE for making this possible for me!!!


Cheers,

Mireille
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PS Water on deck:

Post by MDO » Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:31 am

I used a trick from another contributor to this forum, and simply placed a towel on the front, held in place by the elastics it absorbed any splashing (not that there was much - I was going pretty slow!).

It worked really well, and then I had a towel handy to dry me feet when I got in and out.

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Post by borisf » Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:48 am

Congratulations, Mireille!

It reminds me my first trip on AFC - excitement!
And next time I'll use a towel too.:-)

Boris

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PS water on deck.

Post by RobertG » Fri Aug 07, 2009 12:39 pm

MDO, thank's for the tip about the towel. :)
If you see the images below from yesterdays trip,
you will see that I did use a towel this time.
I placed it more or less were the three zippers meet.
That helped quite a lot! :)

Regards,
Robert

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DYI - Foot rest for Convertible in single mode.

Post by RobertG » Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:17 pm

Hi,

Here is a picture of a little DIY foot rest that I build yesterday.
This is of course based on Pearlys 2009-04-06 post, and a of the
foot rest in the Expedition.

Total cost, about 20$.
Here is the shopping list. :wink:
3 pcs. 1 meter long - 1 inch wide fixing? straps.
1 pcs. 40 mm plastic water pipe.
1 pcs. 35 mm insulation for the pipe.

Then...
Cut a 35-37 cm long section of the plastic pipe.
Insert this into a section of the insulation that is at least 1 inch longer
that the plastic pipe. This to allow for shrinkage of the insulation when
the plastic pipe is inserted. Make sure that there are insulation material
about 1 cm passed the plastic pipe on both sides.
This to protect the kayak from wear.

Place two of the straps on each tube, then tread the third strap through
the plastic pipe, connecting with the two other straps.
Adjust to fit. :wink:

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This helped alot, the inside of my legs are doing fine today thak you. :wink:
One also felt that one had a more powerfull paddling technique, so
a foot rest is a must have.
That said, this design leaves room for improvement. But this is better
than no foot rest at all!

Regards,
Robert.

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Nice!

Post by MDO » Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:30 pm

Nice foot rest Robert! I was actually pleased this morning at being able to change position, move around etc. Putting some kind of push option for harder paddling would be nice. I was actually think of just putting bag filled with air in the bow ('bow' right?).

As for the towel trick, I can't take the credit (':oops:'): SF48 in Massuchusset posted the trick in the 'tracking and deck Q.' part of the forum.

http://www.advancedelements.com/phpBB2/ ... .php?t=350

My daughter should be home soon... off to do another short paddle! I'll try to take pics with my cell phone!

Cheers!

MDO

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Post by RobertG » Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:35 pm

Hi,

Thanks Mireille. :D
I just bring the camera along for the rid so to speak.
I think it is a good idea to take many images these day's -
with digital camera's "film development" are cheap. :lol:
And it is always nice to have the images to look at in the winter time,
when the winter storms blows snow and ice around, and the water is
covered with meter thick ice....

So bring the camera with you.
I usually keep my camera in a ziplock plastic bag,
that I store in my deck bag along with GPS, drinking water etc.

More images for yesterday's trip below. I was on a lake that has several
islands on it, many of then are perfect for camping. Has gras, sand etc. :)
I used to do a lot of fishing here, but unfortuanetly they do not allow
to fish from a kayak or canoe here. Just from the shore...
:( A pitty, for I found these places were I am sure I would get some pretty nice trouts. :(
A big trout jumped up in front of me in that perfect spot there. I will have
to keep that image in my mind though....

Well, here are the images - hope you all enjoy them.

Regards,
RobertG

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Nice!

Post by RobertG » Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:44 pm

Thanks MDO. :)

A good stuffed up bag up in front/bow is maybe even better.
And this is how I plan to do it I think on weekend trips with tent, sleeping bag etc.
But for those 2-3 hour paddling or day trips, I think that the foot rest above is prefeerd.
I may revisit the connecting straps to the kayak though, winter time tinking. ;)

Regards,
RobertG

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Post by Pearly » Fri Aug 07, 2009 2:38 pm

Beautiful scenery and beautiful photo's.

Nice to see the footrest in action! I would be soooo tempted to take a fly rod out and try for some trout!! :lol:

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Post by RobertG » Fri Aug 07, 2009 4:08 pm

Thank's Pearly! :)

Yep, the foot rest did it's job! :)
I tell you, I am soooo tempted to fish there. This lake was one of my favorit fishing places for years.
But, since no fishing is allowed from kayakk/canoe - I will have to fish from the Convertible in another lake. :(
Flyfishing in calm waters with a parachute fly is fun. :D

Regards,
RobertG

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Nice pics!

Post by MDO » Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:03 am

Your scenery really looks like Canadian lakes!
I am off to silent lake on Monday, will try to tak some pics to post.

Actually I was unsucessful at posting the pic I took in the canal this morning... I tried the Img button, did not work. I tried clicking and dragging, did not work.
I use a MAC computer, perhaps it's a few steps!

Cheers

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Nice pics!

Post by RobertG » Sat Aug 08, 2009 9:25 am

MDO,

See Pearlys post in his very popular tread, fishing from the Expedition for how to post images.
http://www.advancedelements.com/phpBB2/ ... 36&start=0

Basically, upload your images to a server somewere.
Copy the link, then Click on the IMG button. Paste the link after Image should appear after the link you pasted in. And all should be well.

Hope this helps.
Regards,
Robert

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I'll try one more time

Post by MDO » Sat Aug 08, 2009 1:55 pm

Pic - Trent Canal:

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A peaceful paddle...

Thanks to Robert for helping me figure out how to post!

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New season. :)

Post by RobertG » Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:16 am

Hi all,

I has been a bit quite on this forum these last few days, so I thought I would share with you my first kayak trip of 2010. Hope this is ok. :)
I hope all are outside, using and enjoying their kayaks! :-)

I chose to paddle Lake Wedge for my the first paddle in 2010.
There are large areas to paddle on. This was only my second paddle trip to this lake. There were many places there, I have yet to visit.
I envisone at least one to two more trips to this lake before I have visited the remaining wedges and had formed me a more complete picture of this lake.
Too bad there is no GPS positions logs, that shows were to stay the night around this lake.
One needs to spend qutie a bit of time to look around for ones own.

New for this year was a rod holder, check Pearlys posts on kayak fishing. I bought a season pass for fishing, so I could fish with a clean conscience.
Had no luck this time though, maybe the water was to warm or better yet the fisherman is useless. ;-)
I tried trolling, but did not get a single bite.... Saw some trouth jumping though. Should have brought a flyfishing rod instead maybe. ;-)

Started the trip at 1110 and was back at the launch site at 1525.
The distance was approx. 13 km.
On this trip I brought along a GPS tracker, a funny little thing.
One can later see were one has paddle, the speed etc.
And one can also link the photos taken on a trip up against Google Earth, along with the trips tracks.
One can also great a so-called KMZ file to later be used by your friends on Google Earth, so they can see the trip, tracks and photos.
(Can send the file to those who might be interested.)
According to the tracker, the top speed was 6,3 km/h, with an average speed of 4.3 km/h.
I shot some video with that little IXUS camera as well. By just hooking the camera onto my brand new PFD vest.
Below are some phots from the trip.
I hope to get out next week as well.

Regards,
RobertG

The rodholder.
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Still some snow on the mountin tops above 900-1000meters.
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