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marchowes wrote:
Just tossing it out there, but if you haven't already, consider buying on craigslist. You could easily save a lot of dough. We have an exceptionally vibrant CL market in Southern NH. Especially for watercraft.


FWIW, I have an Old Town Dirigo 120. Having the water proof compartment is fairly important to me as I Kayak Camp a fair bit. It's a good stable comfortable vessel.


Thanks, CL is going to be my main source for looking for one. I saw an ad on there, Fernald's Marine in Newbury is having a clearance sale (the guy said he was closing up shop soon), so I'll stop by there sometime.

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I know him and his shop. He's a super nice, older guy and he really is closing up shop. The place is a real gem. It stinks to see it closing.

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I am going to jump on this thread too as I have been seriously considering getting into kayaking. Any recommendations for a sit-in, river/lake kayak? I am hoping that I could also take it on overnight trips (let's say a 3 day trip) so it will need to store gear.

Any chance I can fish out of the same one or am I asking too much :D

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Most boats will do fine for you for the conditions you've mentioned in warm water, and warm weather. If you;re starting you, I'd suggest buying a plastic model over a fiberglass model as it's MUCH more forgiving when (and you will) drag the bottom, hit rocks and generally beat the snot out of it while launching and landing.

I'm a big fan of Wilderness Systems kayaks. So far, they are hands-down the must rugged boats I've ever used. This model seems like it will suit your needs, but there are a ton out there that would also work.

http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp?pr ... 6.11373299

Believe it or not, I often care more about which paddle I'm using than the boat I'm floating in. The paddle is the boots and the boat is the pack... per say. I recommend not cheaping out on the paddle. That's saying a lot coming from me. I'm wicked cheap.

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I will secon what Creacky said abou the paddle. I bought my Dirigo as a package and was able to upgrade the paddle for a minimal extra amount of $. Well worth it IMO.

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Sounds like good advice about the paddle. I still haven't bought one myself yet. On Sunday I'm going to stop by the Contoocook River Canoe Company's demo day: http://www.contoocookcanoe.com/specials.html

The web site says they let you try out as many canoes or kayaks as you want. I've never been to this event, but this is the place where I bought PFDs and paddles for my canoe, and they seemed like nice people. It was a small, apparently family-run business.

I'm also still thinking of stopping into Fernald's Marine in Newbury to look for a deal, if I don't get too excited and buy at this Sunday's demo event. :wink:

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For multi-day trips, I prefer wood paddles. They're kinder on your tendons as they flex quite a bit. My everyday paddle is a long plastic/carbon fiber model. It can take the abuse of dragging and scraping without complaint. Longer paddles keep you drier as they don't drip on your lap, but take a little longer to master.

Either way, I'd suggest getting a paddle that allows you to offset the blades. A paddle with the blades that can only face exactly the same way is a big drag in the wind. Plus, it's nice to switch them up for the sake of your wrists. No need to spend a ton, just look for the size and features you want.

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Thanks for the info. Gives me a little more ammunition to fuel the fire. I am going to rent some kayaks this weekend and do a little paddling on the Assabet River.

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Here is a link to my first kayaking adventure. Now I have the bug!

http://www.backpackingengineer.com/blog.php/15

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Yes! that's the right answer! Good for you.

Hilarious, reading about you guys loading them into the truck. Wicked funny.

It sounds like a really nice trip. Over 4 miles is a great first day. Nice turtle pics, by the way.

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Cracky wrote:
Nice turtle pics, by the way.


I could not believe how fast those turtles were! I always thought that turtles were slow but I now know I was wrong.

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Thanks for the advice, everyone. Today I went to the demo day at Contoocook River Canoe Company in Concord, and picked up a couple of Pungo 120s. My wife and I love them.

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Full album of a brief trip we took on the Lamprey River when we got home today:

https://plus.google.com/photos/10163660 ... 4ZOq7qKNcA

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Good for you! Those look like great choices. But, I'm warning you: You will quickly have another outdoor passion vying for your time. :D

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Congrats on the purchase BobC! It was nice meeting you yesterday. Happy paddling!

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backpackingengineer wrote:
Congrats on the purchase BobC! It was nice meeting you yesterday. Happy paddling!


Nice to meet you too!

Cracky - I know, something else to make it harder to get out and hike!

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