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newbie...coastal waters...lakes....Expedition or?

Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 12:07 pm
by Chuck

I have been looking to get a kayak as I spend a lot of time at the beach. After a few weeks of research I am pretty well set on getting an AE to start with, mainly for the portability aspects. My thinking is that if I really enjoy it, later on I can investigate higher end rigid kayaks and all the necessary gear to haul the cumbersome beast.

I saw AdvanceFrame Expedition first and really liked it but have since spotted the smaller AdvanceFrame and am now torn between the two.

I am pretty much average size (5'10" 155 pnds)...(ok, maybe slightly smaller than average) :lol: and would be mostly taking day trips in and around coastal waters (Rhode Island).

My main concern is that I get the model that suits me and the environment in which it will be used.

Secondary concerns are I would prefer the faster and more agile of the two.

Storage is a consideration as well....I don't need much but some storage space would be nice.

Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks

go with...

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 9:10 am
by feldmarshal1
Go with the smaller AF. I have both and for what you sound like you're going to do the smaller 10.5 will do everything for the investment you will incur. By the backbone for it two and you won't be disappointed. On my 10.5 I carry 3 galls of water, 2 cameras, deck compass, extra PFD, food for a day, spare paddle and I weigh 240 at 5'11" and go 6 miles without pain.
If you are planning on a longer expedition, planning on doing some camping goe with the expedition model w/ backbone. I carry alot more in it (overnight gear) more water lots more food.... and I get the same speed as the 10.5.
Just look at what you want to do and you'll make the right choice cause both will handle the waters you are talking about just fine.

Good paddle, feldmarshal1


Posted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 8:49 am
by Chuck
Thanks for the response.

The smaller AF it is then, and yeah, as I understand it, the backbone is pretty much standard equipment if you plan on fully enjoying your AF so I definately plan on getting the backbone as well.

Thanks again for the reply.

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 1:02 pm
by mkrabach
I am also considering an AE boat. But I am leaning toward the Expedition model. I saw the smaller ones being paddled at Cape Cod last weekend and was impressed with them enough to revise my thinking on a foldable kayak. I also have 3 regular sea kayaks, 16' Eddyline Nighthawk, 17'6" P&H Quest, and 18' Eddyline Falcon. I am looking for something that is more transportable on long car trips. I also paddle in Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island alot. It is one of the best day paddling locations in the States. I think the 13' model is better for this area because once you have done all the little ponds and rivers, you are left with a huge bay to explore. In my experience watching paddlers in their little 10' rigid recreational kayaks, they have a really difficult time on the Bay. 13' is cutting it close but at least you could get out in the bay and make headway. The extra 2.5 ft and 7 lbs is not going to inhibit you from exploring the marshes and rivers.
I also have put up a web site for locating launching places in the Narr' Bay region.

RI kayak site

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:55 pm
by sparky
Thanks for posting this website. I live in Connecticut, and definitely will use your site as a guide to exploring RI.

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:19 am
by Mango
mkrabach wrote: I also have put up a web site for locating launching places in the Narr' Bay region.
Wow, thanks for the link.. That is an amazing resource to have. I wish I had a map like that of New Jersey.

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:53 am
by PJohanson
Great comments! I agree that you could paddle either model and be happy.