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Old 07-13-2015, 01:08 PM   #51
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Padlin, what do you take on your long trips with you having the 5.0TA? do you use inflatables?
I haven't taken any of the canoes on any trips since I got the Escape. Keep in mind I have a long bed, I picked up a front receiver mounted boat rack. In conjunction with an as yet purchased single Thule F150 Roof Rack I should be able take any of them.

Never tried an inflatable but for what I'm spending on the racks and such I probably could have bought one. Think I'd miss the way a hard sided boat paddles, my fiberglass boat and the strippers are fairly stiff sided, they paddle better then the Kevlar which kind of oil cans. I'd think inflatables would give even more.
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:46 AM   #52
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[QUOTE=Jim Bennett;100732]I know well the type you likely paddled. They don't track that great, but some are tough and really good on rivers.

The one I paddled briefly, is made by Sea Eagle. That was this spring, and I think it is a new model. It has a removable skeg which help a lot in tracking if you need. To be honest, I spent 10 minutes tops in it. Very pricey too, but just might fit the bill.

https://www.seaeagle.com/TravelCanoe/TC16

That is a dandy! The Seaeagle I have been looking at is at the bottom of their line. I was wondering if anyone had one and how they liked it. Since I am not not experienced and would only go on placid water, I thought it would be suitable and not too heavy to handle.
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Check out Hornbeck Boats made by Peter Hornbeck in Olmsteadville NY, in the heart of the Adirondacks. I have know Peter for over 30 years and he makes some really cool light weight boats. He was my kids teacher before health reason forced him to retire and so he started building boats full time. I do not have any business affiliation with Peter, I just admire his boats and have one and many of my friends do too. Check him out at.....
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Old 07-15-2015, 10:16 PM   #54
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I have a pair of 10' kayaks. They can ride in the back of the truck (6' box) hanging out the end and still leave plenty of room with the 19' in tow. If we went up to 12' kayaks we'd need some sort of roof solution.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:39 AM   #55
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I don't do canoes anymore...
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Old 07-17-2015, 12:26 PM   #56
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Our rationale for purchasing our first 17B Escape in 2011 was because of our kayaks. We hated the thought of traveling home after a wonderful, beautiful day on our Montana lakes. Camping seemed best option and, one thing led to another, finally leading us to our current Escape 19, all the time with more kayaking in mind.

After 5+ years in a tandem Wilderness kayak, we finally switched to two separate kayaks three years ago: a Wilderness Aspire for Karen and a Hobie pedal kayak for me. Carpal tunnel syndrome made paddling to painful for me. Once we switched to separate kayaks, we also added Simultalk headsets to our gear list so that we are able to continue talking with each other.

The two kayaks nest nicely on our Pilot. We're very satisfied with our kayaks and how they travel with us in our Escapes.
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Old 07-17-2015, 01:03 PM   #57
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Our rationale for purchasing our first 17B Escape in 2011 was because of our kayaks. We hated the thought of traveling home after a wonderful, beautiful day on our Montana lakes. Camping seemed best option and, one thing led to another, finally leading us to our current Escape 19, all the time with more kayaking in mind.

After 5+ years in a tandem Wilderness kayak, we finally switched to two separate kayaks three years ago: a Wilderness Aspire for Karen and a Hobie pedal kayak for me. Carpal tunnel syndrome made paddling to painful for me. Once we switched to separate kayaks, we also added Simultalk headsets to our gear list so that we are able to continue talking with each other.

The two kayaks nest nicely on our Pilot. We're very satisfied with our kayaks and how they travel with us in our Escapes.
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Old 07-17-2015, 04:59 PM   #58
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Our rationale for purchasing our first 17B Escape in 2011 was because of our kayaks. We hated the thought of traveling home after a wonderful, beautiful day on our Montana lakes. Camping seemed best option and, one thing led to another, finally leading us to our current Escape 19, all the time with more kayaking in mind.

After 5+ years in a tandem Wilderness kayak, we finally switched to two separate kayaks three years ago: a Wilderness Aspire for Karen and a Hobie pedal kayak for me. Carpal tunnel syndrome made paddling to painful for me. Once we switched to separate kayaks, we also added Simultalk headsets to our gear list so that we are able to continue talking with each other.

The two kayaks nest nicely on our Pilot. We're very satisfied with our kayaks and how they travel with us in our Escapes.
Beautiful pictures!
I bet the trout fishing is phenomenal!
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I've enjoyed my inflatable Innova two-person (converts to 1) kayak for almost 15 years. Tough (no patches yet!). Has a metal thingy (keel? rudder?) that you attach so that it has a hope of tracking. Though... We have neglected to put it on and been able to drift up and down a meandering creek for a lovely day. Just had to relax and accept that we would spin a fair bit. Leads to much laughter... Tandem means that on Arthritis Flare days I can lounge while sweetie does the work.

Downsides: It is not workable for someone with back trouble as there is NO support. It takes ~20 minutes to inflate with a foot pump. Any water in the boat (which happens in open kayaks) goes to the low point e.g. under your bum. I've never been willing to have the dog with us. (toe nails! no room!)

Upsides: I feel like I'm in one gigantic flotation device. I find it comfortable. It goes in the hatch (no whistling rope, no wicking water when driving in rain...). It is easy to slither in and out of while in the middle of a body of water for swimming. Takes up very little storage space. Can be carried by one person (in the quite heavy backpack when packed.) No hefting it onto the top of the vehicle.

There is enough room for drinks, a picnic lunch sack and towels/change of clothes in a waterproof sack, but not much more with the two of us in there. It would probably work well for fishing for one person but that won't be tested until this January, I think.

We are playing with the idea of selling it and switching to hardshell so that the dog can go with us and fishing with two people in the boat would be comfortable. But don't know if we can find a tandem of a manageable size...

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