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Old 11-14-2015, 09:30 AM   #61
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Has a metal thingy (keel? rudder?) that you attach so that it has a hope of tracking.
That would be a skeg.
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Old 11-14-2015, 01:42 PM   #62
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That would be a skeg.
LOL. Thanks Jim!

Oh! Mine's a "Sunny" too.

Love that boat! (even though I couldn't tell you the names of any of its parts.

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Old 11-14-2015, 08:36 PM   #63
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We have a Sea Eagle Fasttrack tandem that we really enjoy. We've paddled it in local lakes, Cobscook Bay in Maine, and around the Florida Keys. It's a bit pricey, but the fact that it's very light and packs easily in our Highlander or on the rooftop in it's bag makes it really easy to live with. They use a drop-stitched floor insert which makes it surprisingly stiff. It does require installing a rigid skeg, which can be a pain in very shallow water, but between it and the inflated keel under the bow, it tracks great. Oh, and it has inflatable seat options, which keeps your bum off the wet floor. We're strictly flatwater paddlers, and this has been a great choice for us. They offer a money-back guarantee, so you do have the option of trying it out with the option to return it if it's not for you. Our first tandem kayak was an old non-folding Folbot, which weighed a ton, but it got us going in kayaks. My previous paddling experience was Boundary Water canoe camping. Good luck with choosing....lots of great options.
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I read about folks buying a 2nd skeg and cutting it down to about half the size to deal with shallow water.
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That's a good idea. We tried it once without the skeg and it didn't work well at all. The old Folbot could be heeled over a little to improve tracking in the wind, but that doesn't work with the inflatable.
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We have a Sea Eagle Fasttrack tandem that we really enjoy.
I have been to Sea Eagle's site before looking at some of their offerings. However, I looked again because of your post, and made a very interesting discovery, their Travel Canoe, which just came on the market this year.

This is a very interesting design, using their drop stitch technology in the sides as well, which keeps the sides narrower than other offerings, and allows it to be pressured to 10-12 psi making it very rigid. I do kinda wish the sides had two chambers each in case of puncture.

I am really liking this canoe, and will be giving it a much closer look over the winter.

https://www.seaeagle.com/TravelCanoe/TC16
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We lose him every now and then so fast water is out of the question, but he loves being a deck dawg. He gets excited when we say "kayak", just like "squirrel" or "kitty kat". There are a few advantages to having a pair of Pelican kayaks: We can still afford coffee and donuts at Honey's after crossing from Belcarra to Deep Cove, we don't sweat bullets when our kids or their friends want to borrow the kayaks, we don't care if we drag the plastic carcasses across the barnacle encrusted rocks, and we don't worry too much about locks. There are a few disadvantages as well: they don't track well, too much drag in the water, and they lack the visual aesthetic of a watercraft that screams "I'm spending my kids inheritance".
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Those Pelican boats are built to take a lot of crap, that's for sure. I know a few people with them, that use them just like you, Dave.

I want something that can stow when not in use which would be most of the time, and something that will fit the two of us, as I need someone to paddle while I fish. It also needs to fit gear for a few nights too. Oh yeah, it must fit Jasper as well. He too just loves paddling.... well, any adventure.
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I need someone to paddle while I fish.
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Good luck with that one
Sometimes it is a go. Most often she would rather just stay at camp. I am quite used to paddling solo.
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