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Old 09-08-2015, 04:56 PM   #11
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I don't know a lot about inflatables, I've had a couple rubber rafts and they are not much for performance. I am currently studying the NuCanoe which is made in Bellingham I think. They have a couple of models with pretty impressive capacities and a neat sliding rail for the seat or seats. I knew a guy who bought one of the original designs a few years ago but he retired and I lost track of him. He was a truck driver that delivered grass seed to our shop and lived out of state. They have a pretty good website.
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Old 09-08-2015, 05:54 PM   #12
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i'm still thinking about getting the ORU folding kayak or something like that inflatable etc... I'm having trouble managing my kayak on/off car dragging to water etc... i have all the rolling things and assisted lift for car roof but its still difficult. I'm a woman at 5ft 2 and 60 yrs it just seems hard.
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Old 09-08-2015, 07:08 PM   #13
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If you really want to go the "stow your canoe" route, I would suggest a Pak boat. You are probably already well aware of them, but I have heard mostly good things about them.

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I have considered PakCanoes, as well as other folding canoes, and they are not at all ruled out. I have never paddled one though. Inflatables are more forgiving on rivers, though I know folding canoes do well too, though you do have to be a bit more careful.
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We just bought an inflatable tandem kayak for many of the reasons that you listed. We carry it in the back of our Jeep Grand Cherokee where it takes maybe a quarter of the space behind the back seat by the time you add the paddles, pump, life vests etc.
We have only taken it out 4 times so far. 3 on lakes and 1 on a mild river. It handles amazing well for an inflatable. We had to slow down our paddling on the river to keep from overtaking our friends in their Advanced Elements tandems.
The HB stands for "hard bottom" . The bottom is made with the "drop stitch" technology and has a 6 psi rating which makes it so the floor really is rigid when inflated. It has a detachtable skeg as well.
It is stable enough to stand up in (carefully) and/or have people get in and out while in deep water. Much more stable than our canoes or even flat water rec boat style kayaks. We carry our 75 pound German Shepard with us.
It is one of the more expensive options (not compared to an AIRE though). And you also have to buy the high pressure pump which is more expensive too. We got ours at REI on a 20% off member coupon sale.
You might want to take a look at these too.
Update: The brand name is Aquaglide. It looks like REI no longer carries the model which we have.
Those look good too, I will take a better look at them when I have more time.
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I don't know a lot about inflatables, I've had a couple rubber rafts and they are not much for performance. I am currently studying the NuCanoe which is made in Bellingham I think. They have a couple of models with pretty impressive capacities and a neat sliding rail for the seat or seats. I knew a guy who bought one of the original designs a few years ago but he retired and I lost track of him. He was a truck driver that delivered grass seed to our shop and lived out of state. They have a pretty good website.
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NuCanoe is a moulded canoe though, isn't it? I am looking for something that packs away.
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i'm still thinking about getting the ORU folding kayak or something like that inflatable etc... I'm having trouble managing my kayak on/off car dragging to water etc... i have all the rolling things and assisted lift for car roof but its still difficult. I'm a woman at 5ft 2 and 60 yrs it just seems hard.
Those look like great kayaks, though it seems they only make a solo, with nowhere for Jasper to go. They certainly would work great for a solo paddler though.
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Old 09-08-2015, 07:36 PM   #14
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Sorry Jim, missed your question concerning the rowing frame. The traveler does have a fabric tube keel so it tracks okay. We had the rowing frame built at Alaska Raft and Kayak. It does have a removable seat for the rower. While rowing, one person can handle the boat quite easily. Likewise with two adults and a mini schnauzer we have rowed across some big lakes, such as Skilak on the Kenai and have never felt endangered. Paddling with two people on rivers works great, paddling on lakes so, so. Oh, and as a bonus you can put a small outboard on the boat.
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Old 09-08-2015, 09:27 PM   #15
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Going by memory, I think I bought them on eBay. There used to be a store in Bowness that was selling Advanced Elements products, I found out later. I have also seen them on Amazon. You are more than welcome to take me up on my offer for the test drive.
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Yes I hadn't thought about bringing my dog that might be fun in a bigger kayak.
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Just to follow up on this thread, and some do know, but I bought a Sea Eagle Travel Canoe 16.
https://www.seaeagle.com/TravelCanoe/TC16

I had it personally delivered by Carl Wright (thanks again Carl) to the rally in Osoyoos this year saving me a few hundred of those big American bucks in shipping, import and such.

I outfitted it with a Minn Kota Endura Max 40 lb electric trolling motor, using a motor mount I built taking in account the inflatable sides. It worked very well, but I have some refinements to make to the mount.
http://www.minnkotamotors.com/Produc...36-INCH-SHAFT/

Talk about awesome for solo canoe fishing. Trolling is a breeze with it. I even went into the outflow of the Clearwater River in Wells Grey Provincial Park to a point where I could still overcome the current (without going over the falls a couple hundred metres away), turned the boat and trolling in some great fishing waters without the boat moving in relation to the shore. Caught a few 2 lb rainbows of which 2 made their way into the pan and onto the dinner table.

We did some paddling of it without the motor too, and it did very well. Not as fast as our tripping canoe, but very reasonable for day use. I also look forward to getting it into some big rapids as well.

Here is a crappy cell phone shot of the setup. I should have taken more photos with my real cameras, but having fun got in the way.

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Oh yeah, and I glued in a couple Scotty rod holder mounts as a nice touch.
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Does one use air pumps to fill these or what to inflate them?
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