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Old 11-15-2005, 01:18 PM
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Kayak Search -- Guidance Requsted

I've decieded to get my Wife a two-person kayak for her birthday. She wants somehting to do together on the lake, and I figure this would be perfect for us to take out.

My questions is what kind of local shops might carry them? I checked out EMS (Eastern Mountain Sports), and all they have is single-person ones. Can anyone offer any suggestions as to where I might start looking? Thanks!
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Old 11-15-2005, 01:36 PM
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Try driving out to cabelas?

I know cabelas carries Old Town Canoes, they probably would carry Old Town's line of 2 person river/lake kayaks.

And they cannot be located much more than an hour from you.

.... something to do together on the lake eh.....
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Old 11-15-2005, 01:43 PM
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That's a good idea, I think they are relatively close.

She defitiely loves going on on the MC, as our powerboat activity, but wants a more peaceful, fitness oriented activity to do together. I figure it's the least I can do, since she puts up with my constant skiing.
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Old 11-15-2005, 05:13 PM
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My wife loves the canoe (we have an old one) and would like to have a kayak as another activity to do at the lake. I was considering getting 2 small inexpensive kayaks to play around on the lake for next summer. What would be the advantage of a larger 2 person kayak? Do I need to consider this option as well?

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Old 11-15-2005, 06:58 PM
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Advantage of one larger boat is that you are in the same boat together, like a canoe, whereas two smaller boats gives you relative freedom to still be together but explore seperately.

If I was based in detroit i'd atleast consider running out to cabelas for a looksee. Disadvantage of the two smaller kayaks is transport and that if you are different levels of ability/strength it can be difficult to stay together.

But it can be a very peaceful activity. I personally like canoeing because you can sit in whatever posistion you feel more comfortable in, don't have to have your feet so straight out.
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Old 11-15-2005, 07:51 PM
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My brother sells Ocean and Cobra kayaks. I can see what he has in stock or get some ideas from him. I have a Cobra Explorer single sit on top and love it. You may be able to see or get a hold of my brother at www.doinitoutdoors.com. Any questions PM me.
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PS. You do know that a sit on top is self bailing and you can swim or scuba from the kayak. Most people assume you cannot. I can swim off my kayak and return to a nice, dry and easy to belly up on boat. This is very nice on those hot days. Most kayaks are sit'in and will bake you. I would definately look at a sit on for your wife. Tons of storage and freedom. The two person won't duck walk on long paddles either and should be around 14-16 feet. My brother also has a triple.
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Old 11-15-2005, 08:29 PM
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I was looking at them at Dicks Sporting Goods today.
I think this is the one I saw, they have a couple of others also.
http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...entPage=family
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Old 11-15-2005, 08:42 PM
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Do NOT buy a kayak until you have test driven a hobie with the mirage drive. A little pricey (like my MC - but it is sooooooooooo much better than an "arms only" kayak. You can do legs, arms or both. Instead of running at the lake - I am on the water!! You will not be disappointed - trust me!!

http://www.hobiecat.com/kayaking/

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p.s. I am not affiliated with hobie in any way - I just think their kayaks are awesome.
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Old 11-15-2005, 09:40 PM
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Do NOT buy a kayak until you have test driven a hobie with the mirage drive. A little pricey (like my MC - but it is sooooooooooo much better than an "arms only" kayak. You can do legs, arms or both. Instead of running at the lake - I am on the water!! You will not be disappointed - trust me!!

http://www.hobiecat.com/kayaking/

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p.s. I am not affiliated with hobie in any way - I just think their kayaks are awesome.
I wish I didn't see that, now I want one !
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Old 11-15-2005, 11:19 PM
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That's the one I have - the Mirage. I have time now - here are more details:

1. The drive system is removable. It comes with a plug so you can take the drive out and paddle. I go on rides and paddle for part of it and kick the other part.
2. Comes with a pitot speedometer - it's relatively effortless to maintain 4.5 knots.
3. The Mirage is a 14 footer - supposedly they are coming with a new model called the "Adventure" that is 16 feet (it is rumored to be faster than the other models).
4. They are developing new fins for the drive - they are larger and make higher speeds possible. They will be be able to retrofitted to older drives.

Let me know if there are any other questions.

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