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Old 06-13-2003, 07:04 PM   #15
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Posted by Rick Jendrysik, of Ft Myers, FL

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Paddlevan -

This is our ride to the upper Buffalo last week w/2 trailers and 10 canoes (we're sitting on our two inflatable kayaks in the truck). Quite a ride, but not as wild as the 14 miles back down the river!

Is there white water in GA guring the summer?

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Old 06-13-2003, 10:25 PM   #16
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Is there white water in GA guring the summer?
Yes. North Georgia boundary rivers are the most popular. The Ocoee, Chattooga and Natahala rivers as well as up near the Amicalola Falls are favored. There are Class V areas. The Natahala was the site of the Olympic kayaking/white water events in 1996. (I'm not sure if that was actually in Georgia or on the Tennessee side of the border.) Some of these rivers only permit white water rafting during a limited number of days annually. So, booking far in advance may be required.

After studying his situation for a while, Paddlevan acquired a Suburban that serves as the toter and hauler of his kayaks. All the boats will either be on or in the truck. He gave up on the double towing idea. His only towed vehicle is the Casita. Don't know if he was considering trying to mount a boat rack on the Casita.

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Old 06-16-2003, 01:51 PM   #17
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Posted by Paul E Henning, of Warsaw, Indiana

OOo, ooh, Rick - you're just the one who can answer my question. I want to take my wife kayaking this summer, but sadly lack any kayaks. I can't afford to buy good glass kayaks, but could maybe swing a couple inflatables. But, are they any good? Can you cover distance reasonably well in them? How do they compare in usability to a fiberglass, or for that matter, blow-molded model? Thanks! Paul
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Old 06-16-2003, 04:42 PM   #18
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Posted by Al V, of Hampton, Va

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there might be a place close to where you are camping that rents them. I have seen a campground on the intercostal waterway that rents them. and all over the Aderondaks there are rentals , Seem like SC and Ga would too .

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Old 06-17-2003, 05:43 AM   #19
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Posted by Rick Jendrysik, of Ft Myers, FL

[b]Inflatable kayak

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OOo, ooh, Rick - you're just the one who can answer my question. I want to take my wife kayaking this summer, but sadly lack any kayaks. I can't afford to buy good glass kayaks, but could maybe swing a couple inflatables. But, are they any good? Can you cover distance reasonably well in them? How do they compare in usability to a fiberglass, or for that matter, blow-molded model? Thanks! Paul
Paul -
I have 0 experience with hard kayaks, but others have told me that these inflatables are much more stable than a comparable fiberglass kayak, and at 30#, much lighter. It takes about 5 min. to inflate and they fold up into a suitcase sized carry bag. I can highly recommend the Stearns single person inflatable model IK-116 (B500). www.stearnsinc.com

The upper river water was on the low side, so [b]rocky class II rapids were comon and the kayaks came through without barely a scratch when the alluminum canoes were taking a beating if not portaged. As for speed, we made 14 miles in 6 hours, about 2 hours ahead of the canoe group. To be fair, I have to say they were carrying beverage coolers that might have slowed them down. The only down side to this kayak model that I see, is its lack of cargo space. It would be difficult to carry a much more than a water jug and sandwich.
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Thanks! I'll look into it.

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