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FuzzyBruce Offline
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Posted: May 22 2006,07:56

Spent the better part of an outgoing early morning tide fishing in the north fork of middle river. Many jacks were c&r. Decided to go with the flow and ended up at George English park.

All kinds of sit-in yaks started showing up about 9:30. There were wood, composites and even yaks with some kind of fabric on frames. I talked to a few (when they weren't up-side-down) Some of the yaks had such little freeboard that they would have swamped with out the skirt. Seems all had Greenland paddles and liked to spend time everyway but upright. Most had some sort of little stick like hand paddle.

Most of the yaks seemed to glide very well, could be because they were only 19 or 20" wide. Now I just may have to try to rent one. Just how long does it take to get rusty old bones folded into one of those things. Not that I'm that old, mostly that I had a mis-spent youth


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Posted: May 22 2006,11:46

Hey Fuzz...

Seems as though you showed up on the day the local Greenland kayaking group showed up with their amazing Greenland and Aleut kayaks and paddling gear.  These guys mostly build their own: stitch and glue, strip built, skin-on-frame using traditional designs and often using traditional methods.

Most of these are based on anthromorphic measurements, eg. kayak length is 3 times your arm span, width is your hips plus two fists, depth is your fist with thumb extended (ala "hitchhiker"), etc.
Most weigh about 35 to 40 lbs and are quite seaworthy.  The best of them are faster than most of the best modern designs.

I know some of these guys, like Kris Buttermore, Charlie Depres and others.  A great bunch of guys who respect and carry on the ancient traditions and methods.  

I had intended to be there, but Sue Sea wasn't up to it.  BTW, the short hand paddles you saw are exactly that:  hand paddles, used in rolling.

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Beachcamper Offline
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Posted: May 22 2006,20:46

Fuzzy, if you get to wanting more info on greenland style kayaking:

http://www.qajaqusa.org/

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Posted: June 04 2006,05:04

Yep, very interesting yaks. Now my interest is peaked.

What would be a good yak for a total novice to try. Maybe a lesson or two and some rental time, just to try to do a roll. I'm in Margate and would like to "test" a rolling type yak in Broward or Palm Beach county.


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Posted: June 04 2006,13:19

Fuzz
I really suggest you go see Atlantic Coast Kayak Co., they are located at 1869 S. Dixie Highway, Pompano Beach. Here is their wedsite.
Atlantic Coast
Check out their class schedule they do have a SIK class with rolling clinics. Plus they are right on the water, and provide the yak as well.
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