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Crikey I think Im going to build a strip-built k
By:andrew
Date: 7/13/2001, 10:04 am

I need help deciding which one. Having read many posts on this board and paddled a few Ive narrowed it down to just ???? One thing missing from the posts on this site is how these yaks handle. I think builders are just so thrilled once theyve finished that the bottom line ismy God, it floats!! While realizing that no one boat is better than another, I am interested in the handling characteristics of any of these kayaks based on tracking, turning, and stability in big water. (Im 56, 1651bs):
1) Laughing Loon North Star (is there really a problem with the plans re: fairing)
2) Jay Babina Outer Island
3) One Ocean Kayaks Cape Ann Storm
4) Guillemot Expedition
My original choice was between the Guillemot and Night Heron, but after brief paddles in these beautiful boats, I felt they were poor trackers (how about installing a skeg). Having paddled for only a year, I am still learning basic stuff but first thing I did once deciding on the sport was buy a plastic Capellabased entirely on user reviews. Im happy with the choice, its a great yak but is a terrible tracker, unless the skeg is deployed. I only mention this because the relationship of sea conditions and the handling characteristics of the kayak seems the principal factor in the choice. One characteristic of kayaks I dont understand is their ability to either punch through waves or ride on them. Eg, the North Star is said to be high volume and rides over waves. What I would like to know is: is this actually an advantage in rough seas, or is a Greenlander style much more suited to swells/breaking waves? Is it preferable to punch through waves rather than over them, assuming you dont want to surf? My paddling water is the Hudson and New England coast. Thanks for your input.

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Crikey I think Im going to build a strip-built k
andrew -- 7/13/2001, 10:04 am
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rick M -- 7/20/2001, 2:11 am
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rick M -- 7/20/2001, 2:09 am
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Rob Macks -- 7/17/2001, 5:46 pm
Is Rob Macks going to respond? *NM*
Doug K -- 7/16/2001, 11:06 am
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peter czerpak -- 7/16/2001, 12:10 pm
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Scott Fitzgerrell -- 7/16/2001, 1:53 pm
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LeeG -- 7/13/2001, 12:23 pm
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Malcolm Schweizer -- 7/13/2001, 11:51 am
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Alex Warren -- 7/13/2001, 4:52 pm
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Malcolm Schweizer -- 7/13/2001, 7:56 pm
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peter czerpak -- 7/13/2001, 11:45 am
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Scott Fitzgerrell -- 7/13/2001, 7:25 pm
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Jim Kozel -- 7/13/2001, 10:26 am
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andrew -- 7/13/2001, 11:04 am