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Old June 19th, 2012, 08:29 PM   #61
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ive got a cheapy old town. but it works and has 2 cup holders. one for the beer. and the other for a keg cup to pee in and dump. i need to get a paddle holder though so i can fish better. the paddle always wants to catch the water and float away. i might be able to pull off a monday or tuesday. just need to know ahead of time.
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Old June 19th, 2012, 08:30 PM   #62
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ive got a cheapy old town. but it works and has 2 cup holders. one for the beer. and the other for a keg cup to pee in and dump. i need to get a paddle holder though so i can fish better. the paddle always wants to catch the water and float away. i might be able to pull off a monday or tuesday. just need to know ahead of time.
I made the paddle holders on mine...very easy I'll show you how to do it if you want..
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Old June 19th, 2012, 08:36 PM   #63
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Yeah, I've had an Old Town for about 10 years with no issues. They aren't exactly cheap. The one I want is usually about $700 and never seems to go on sale.
when you start looking at the kayaks, those boats are cheap...them things can get expensive quick!
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Old June 20th, 2012, 01:41 AM   #64
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I've got a 14' pelican. Getting out at 0400 and heading to the muskegan river. My brother an I are putting in at M-55 and going to M-61. Should be a good time. We thought about doing the Ausable, the canoe race route. Thats 120 miles though. Not sure exactly how far we will be going today but I'm thinking less.
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Old June 20th, 2012, 10:09 AM   #65
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My neighbor has 2 kayaks that I can borrow whenever I want but I have never used them. Does that count?
I would say yes, it counts...

My brother has one that I can use any time, but my daughter doesn't like it when I do anything without her. She's only 2 so I can't see her in a kayak, but maybe in our canoe sometime.

There's a decent stretch of the clinton from M59 to Elizabeth Lake (yes, the lake, not just the Road) nice and local for many of us. I've only done this trip once, and it was a few years ago in a canoe.
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Old June 20th, 2012, 01:00 PM   #66
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I throw my WS Pungo 10.0 in the cedar river at the Riverwalk and paddle upstream until I've had enough, then float back to the car.
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Old June 20th, 2012, 01:34 PM   #67
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I throw my WS Pungo 10.0 in the cedar river at the Riverwalk and paddle upstream until I've had enough, then float back to the car.
I had one of those Pungos, great boat, and I do the same thing with out another vehicle.
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Old June 20th, 2012, 05:59 PM   #68
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Last weekend a friend and i put in at the Cooke dam on the Au Sable River. Paddled to the Foote dam almost. it took a little over 3 hrs. We were moving really fast, and only stopped twice. I was a little sore the next day. Very nice float though. I would do it again, but not so fast next time. Thats the longest trip i have done in a kayak. Im guessing it was about 10 miles?? On foote pond there is very little current, your always paddeling.
Our kayaks were not the best, but they stayed afloat. Overall it was fun, im just way out of shape

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Old June 20th, 2012, 06:49 PM   #69
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Cheap Kayaks are fine if all you want to do is throw them in and out of the truck, drop them at launch sites, and just recreational paddle. I actually went to one of those Kayak nights where the local store lets you try a bunch of different ones. I thought my cheap ones were much quicker to turn and more fun for the type of Kayaking we do. I did have a friend by a cheap pelican once and it pulled so bad to the left he took it back and got a cheap Waterquest and couldn't be happier with it. They are cheap and 10' long and have no problem going straight or turning. In our group we have about 20 of those things. Plus they are made in Michigan.
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Old June 21st, 2012, 11:24 AM   #70
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I would say yes, it counts...

My brother has one that I can use any time, but my daughter doesn't like it when I do anything without her. She's only 2 so I can't see her in a kayak, but maybe in our canoe sometime.

There's a decent stretch of the clinton from M59 to Elizabeth Lake (yes, the lake, not just the Road) nice and local for many of us. I've only done this trip once, and it was a few years ago in a canoe.
Where does the Clinton go into Elizabeth Lake? I run that stretch from Elizabeth Lake rd to Cass Lake but didn't think it went into Elizabeth Lake. I have gotten into Elizabeth Lake from Cresent Lake thru the culvert on Cooley Lake rd never saw where the river runs thru it. The river looks low right now so it is hard to paddle back upstream but a run from M59 or the park on Elizabeth Lake rd to the state launch on Cass Lake wouldn't be bad.
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Old June 21st, 2012, 11:55 AM   #71
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Sleepy Hollow State Park--Rec 101: Intro to Kayaking

Location: Sleepy Hollow State Park
Date: June 21, 2012
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Marine West, in partnership with Lansing Sail & Power Squadron, is sponsoring this opportunity to come out and learn the ins and outs of kayaking. Geared toured the beginner, all the instruction and equipment is provided for Free. You will learn about the different kayaks available, how to navigate, paddling etiquette, what the costs are to participate in the sport, and how to be safe on the water. Program takes places at the beach located at the far end of the park. Open to all ages and includes some paddling time on the water.

Please Note: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources makes every effort to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information on the web calendar. However, dates occasionally change and events may be canceled for any reason. Please call the unit hosting the event to confirm dates and times prior to your arrival.

The Recreation Passport is your $10 ticket to Michigan's state parks and outdoor adventures! Check "YES" when you renew your license plate. Where can $10 take you? www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.
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Old June 21st, 2012, 02:36 PM   #72
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Where does the Clinton go into Elizabeth Lake? I run that stretch from Elizabeth Lake rd to Cass Lake but didn't think it went into Elizabeth Lake. I have gotten into Elizabeth Lake from Cresent Lake thru the culvert on Cooley Lake rd never saw where the river runs thru it. The river looks low right now so it is hard to paddle back upstream but a run from M59 or the park on Elizabeth Lake rd to the state launch on Cass Lake wouldn't be bad.
Sorry, I was thinking of Cass, not Elisabeth...
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Old June 21st, 2012, 06:17 PM   #73
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That's what I figured, it's not a bad run. I would be up for that or something on the Huron around Proud Lake on a weeknight after work. A co-worker and I have been trying to get out at least once a week for the last couple years. There are a lot of lakes in the area with public access as well as the rivers. With the hours I am working right now I don't want to fight 696/I96 traffic out to the Pinckney area after work.
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 12:58 PM   #74
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Floating down the Little Manistee tomorrow outside of Irons. Should be a great time.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 11:34 AM   #75
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Anybody ever get together and do any kayaking? Paddled around Mandon Lake with the neighbor ladies last night. Looking at doing something in the next couple days, probably Cass or Orchard Lakes.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 11:37 AM   #76
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no, but I'm still up for something more local. We went over the weekend and did the jordan river, and the au sable. It was a blast!
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Old July 10th, 2012, 11:36 AM   #77
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Any place we can get out around Howell, my dad used to have property in Cohactah that was bordered by the Shiawasee but not sure where we could put in or take out anymore. Rivers are kinda low right now. Indian Lakes maybe, not sure how big it is though.
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Old April 6th, 2013, 06:55 PM   #78
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Dragging this one up from the depths...

Kerry and I are getting serious about getting some kayaks with the possible future hopes of semi decent weather coming.

Today we did a bit of running around and I think I'm looking at two from Dunhams and two from Bass Pro.

Dunhams has the Old Town Trip 10, which I believe is a store brand version of the Vapor 10XT. Fairly comfortable seat, huge open cockpit. The price is $450, then you can use the typical 30% off coupon to get it down quite a bit.

They also have a Perception Swiftwater 10.5. Same price as the Old Town, but its almost 3" more narrow, much tighter cockpit, but a more comfortable seat. It also seemed to be a bit more "tippy" sitting on the floor.

After that we hit up Bass Pro and looked at the Ascend 10'ers. I'm kinda digging both the FS10 and the D10. Obviously the biggest selling point for me is that the seat is like a suspension lawn chair, they are huge and roomy. However the D10 doesn't seem to have the ability to run a cover or a spray skirt if wanted. Neither has any dry storage. They are both wide and seem to have some nice looking hull shapes. The prices are $400 for the D10 and $500 for the fishing model FS10.

I would say $500 is the top end of my budget. Anything else I should be looking into?

Am I over thinking this? Our main use will be places like the Huron River and little ponds and lakes.
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get the one with the better seat! Trust me on this. As I've upgraded over the years the seat makes a shit ton of difference on how much you'll enjoy the experience. If your already in that price range start looking at the perceptions, daggers, and wilderness systems boats also. All 3 make some great boats with excellent features close to that same price range. I've always loved the vapor, but the seat really sucks ass. Let me know when you have them and we'll go! I know you guys will love kayaking!
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get the one with the better seat! Trust me on this. As I've upgraded over the years the seat makes a shit ton of difference on how much you'll enjoy the experience. If your already in that price range start looking at the perceptions, daggers, and wilderness systems boats also. All 3 make some great boats with excellent features close to that same price range. I've always loved the vapor, but the seat really sucks ass. Let me know when you have them and we'll go! I know you guys will love kayaking!
Thanks for adding more things for me to ponder.

My parents have a couple cheapies and once I gave it a chance I loved it.
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