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#1 hebegebe

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 04:03 PM

I am looking for a inflatable to drag along that is slightly more than a toy. Been a kayaker since I was a youngster and scoffed at inflatables, but I think now it may be the ticket
If anyone has a positive experience with them pass it on, thanx


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Posted 13 November 2016 - 05:42 PM

If you want something that will track, it needs to be something more than a Yellow Torpedo. I haven't looked at them for a long time, but Aire used to make some quality boats. Have you looked at some of the folding kayaks?
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Posted 13 November 2016 - 07:31 PM

We've had our inflatable 12-ft Innova Sunny 2-person model for about 13 years now, and have had a whole lotta great experiences in it.  Storage is in its own large weather-worthy rucksack with shoulder straps, total weight about 34 lbs, so it's hikeable for a reasonable distance.  It has a rear skeg that keeps our headings mostly on track.  Flip the seats and skeg around and you have a 1-person setup.  For our FWC travel situation it's been a great compromise with respect to value, utility, and space considerations, even if it lacks some degree of functionality vs. a hard-shell kayak.

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 11:08 PM

I got an Aquaglide Panther Inflatable Kayak last year and quite like it. And I keep it in the back seat area. 

 

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#5 Casa Escarlata Robles Too

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Posted 14 November 2016 - 01:09 AM

For several years I would carry our 12' Old Town "stillwater" fiberglass canoe on the camper.

Most of the time it would ride along for the many thousands of miles of a trip. Lifting the top wasn't a problem.

Plus I felt that if we hurt ourselves loading/unloading the canoe on a trip we would be up a creek (no pun intended).

So we got a Advanced Elements inflatable kayak. It's almost like a 2 person hard shell one. About 15' long and tracks well.

Only have used a couple times. One other thing about carrying a "boat/canoe/kayak" it's not just the extra weight on the roof to manage,but now in most western states you have to stop and have it inspected at a fee just to drive through that state or buy a season sticker to use in state.

I am all for stopping the spread of the nasty invasive s  but it can get to be a PITA.

 

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This is a nice kayak.

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Posted 14 November 2016 - 04:22 PM

Thanks guys these are all good choices and it gives me confidence I can find something seaworthy. Now to push off and paddle through the net!


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Posted 14 November 2016 - 09:03 PM

Thanks guys these are all good choices and it gives me confidence I can find something seaworthy. Now to push off and paddle through the net!


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I ordered my Advanced Elements convertible DS series # AE1007ds,from Airkayak .com.

It's the deluxe one with the needed extras.Price is $999.

Hope this helps. I think that REI carries them or used to.

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Posted 16 November 2016 - 03:34 PM

have any of you folks spoken with owners of Oru folding kayak? Seems like these would suit the TC people well.

http://www.orukayak.com

at one point i know they had a rental program.
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Posted 16 November 2016 - 08:58 PM

have any of you folks spoken with owners of Oru folding kayak? Seems like these would suit the TC people well.

http://www.orukayak.com

at one point i know they had a rental program.

Another interesting kayak.

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Posted 16 November 2016 - 10:50 PM

Yes, I like the origami aspect of it. No tandem though


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