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Old June 15th, 2012, 01:21 PM   #1
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Kayaking

How many kayakers are on here? It would be great to get a group together and hit some of the local rivers. I saw some older posts, but nothing recent.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 01:22 PM   #2
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I have a kayak, been playing on our irrigation pond. what rivers do you kayak?
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Old June 15th, 2012, 01:26 PM   #3
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I have a kayak, been playing on our irrigation pond. what rivers do you kayak?
How big of a kayak do you have?

Serious question, not a steveo is a mongoloid poke.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 01:27 PM   #4
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I have an ancient perception eclipse (it's a much higher volume boat than modern ones) white water kayak.

it's about a 12-footer.

sadly it hasn't seen the water in about 5 years, as I'm too busy/involved with my kids baseball and karate pursuits. guess that makes me a former kayaker that may, or may not still be able to execute a proper roll. :|

and yes, the avatar is to remind me of the fun I used to have in the froth and spray, but it's not me (I think that boat is a dagger)
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Old June 15th, 2012, 01:29 PM   #5
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How big of a kayak do you have?

Serious question, not a steveo is a mongoloid poke.
Its a big one, i bought it a few years ago from a yard sale. i use if for pan fishing smaller lakes and ponds.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 02:12 PM   #6
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wife and I kayak. usually hit the little manistee on camping trips.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 02:59 PM   #7
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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?
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Old June 15th, 2012, 05:42 PM   #8
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I was going to be a kayaker until I started pricing them.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 05:53 PM   #9
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I have several. A 9, 10, 11.5, and a 2 person 13. We go as a family most of the time, mainly up north. With the kids being so busy with sports we just havn't had the time this year on the weekends. I was thinking of trying to use it more locally during the week, and thought some kind of a group ride, or better yet a group paddle. It's really very enjoyable and I wish I would have had one when I was much younger. Our kids and my wife really enjoy it as well.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 05:56 PM   #10
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I have 4 10 footers. We like the shorter more quicker handling ones because we like to do smaller rivers. Mainly we do the Pere Marquette, Little Manistee, and Pine. Do a few small lakes once in a while as well.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 06:01 PM   #11
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so far we've done the au sable(a bunch), pine, green, little maistee, and jordan(a bunch also). I was looking on fishweb today and there's some great smaller spots locally that look to be pretty good. I've also heard the detroit river is a good time, but I'm not sure I could shoot, and paddle at the same time.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 06:21 PM   #12
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I have 4 10 footers. We like the shorter more quicker handling ones because we like to do smaller rivers. Mainly we do the Pere Marquette, Little Manistee, and Pine. Do a few small lakes once in a while as well.
Oh yeah, weve done the Two Hearted in the U.P. as well. We have a cabin in Baldwin so we typically go around there.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 07:12 PM   #13
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What would you guys recomend for a newbie.I want to do small rivers and some fishing on local lakes without spending a million dollars.I asume the longer they are the more stable? I have no idea what to buy.I searched on craigslist and found several used ones for over a thousand dollars,thats not in my budgit for something that may not get used much.I would like to be able to get back in/on it in deep water,if that is possible.
I am 5'11" about 170 lbs
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Old June 15th, 2012, 07:16 PM   #14
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What would you guys recomend for a newbie.I want to do small rivers and some fishing on local lakes without spending a million dollars.I asume the longer they are the more stable? I have no idea what to buy.I searched on craigslist and found several used ones for over a thousand dollars,thats not in my budgit for something that may not get used much.I would like to be able to get back in/on it in deep water,if that is possible.
I am 5'11" about 170 lbs
buy a plastic one from Dunhamís...you can pick up one for around $300-$500. As far as deep water reentry, that takes practice.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 07:19 PM   #15
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Just got back into it after a few years, I now live on the Thornapple river so I have excuses.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 08:19 PM   #16
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Wider is more stable but if too wide will be not as quick to turn. Longer usually faster but harder to turn. General rule of thumb shorter for narrower quicker rivers and longer for open water.

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Old June 15th, 2012, 08:23 PM   #17
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wife and I kayak. usually hit the little manistee on camping trips.
That's a great river to kayak on. Grandparents live right across from access in Irons, MI. If I remember correctly, we used to launch from 18 mile bridge as well.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 08:24 PM   #18
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That's a great river to kayak on. Grandparents live right across from access in Irons, MI. If I remember correctly, we used to launch from 18 mile bridge as well.
do they have a rebal flag?
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Old June 15th, 2012, 08:28 PM   #19
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do they have a rebal flag?
Could you educate me as to what a "rebal" flag is?

But no, they don't.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 08:28 PM   #20
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I paddle around Portage lake in Pinckney, I may dop a boat in the water this weekend and hit the river.
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