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Looking for some expert advice

Posted: Wed May 09, 2007 4:35 am
by jimbo
Im currently looking at the advanced frame and the expedition and Im trying to decide which boat is best for me. My wife has the dragonfly which is realy nice, but I felt alot of wag when paddling. Dont get me wrong the dragonfly has it's pro's cause it is only 19#s and could be walked anywhere so I still think it is a great boat. Im 6'-1" and around 215#s, so I was looking at the larger models.

1. I noticed that AE has a backpack pull cart and was wondering if that cart could be stowed away in either the advanced frame or expedition? The key here is that once I say walk the boat with the carrier down to a lake without my car where do I put the cart?

2. Can you fix a leak out in the field with tape in emergency situations?

3. If anyone could give me some advice and help me make the decision on the two larger models I would appreciate it. Oh yeah, cant buy both.
Would mostly use for flat water, bay, estuaries, and rivers.

Thanks for any advice in advance.

Jim

Posted: Wed May 09, 2007 6:49 am
by Rookie4570
Hi Jimbo,

I currently have the Advanced Frame and can't say enough good things about it. I am 6'1 and about 180lbs. I do find that my legs are snug in the front of the boat, so don't plan to put anyting else there. If you do plan to take the cart with you I would probably go with the slightly larger boat, just from experience. You will also notice the larger boat probably track much better than the Dragonfly.

Never have had to fix my boat yet but it does come with a patch kit that is stored behind the seat. All else failing, duct tape would probably make a solid temp fix (I carry a small role in my pack just in case).

Good luck and happy boating.

Posted: Wed May 09, 2007 9:08 am
by JCOOLEY
Jim,

Both kayaks will do the trick for you. I am 6'2" 200+ and am able to paddle both with ease. For more comfort and storage room, you would want to go with the Expedition.
The backpack cart you are talking about is no longer made. If you can find one somewhere, good luck. We do have a compact cart though without backpack straps. It carries the kayak better than the older one and is more durable. You can strap the cart onto the front of the kayak under the bungee deck lacing. If you need proof, let me know cause I have pictures.
As far as repairs go when out paddling, the best thing to use is Tear-Aid. It is a self adhesive patch that adheres 50% when applied and after a day it will have adhered 100%. We have tested this on inflated tubes and it works really well. It stretches with the material. Do not use duct tape. The reason being is the adhesive on the duct tape can damage the materials of the kayak.
If you have more questions, please post here or you can email me at info@advancedelements.com.

Jeremy

Posted: Wed May 09, 2007 9:54 am
by Rookie4570
Good to know on the duct tape.

Thanks. :D

Thanks to everyone.

Posted: Fri May 11, 2007 4:11 am
by jimbo
OK made my decision, it is the Expedition. Thanks for everyone's help, and I hope I will be reporting good news when the boat arrives next Friday.

Jimbo