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Thanks for that, but when it comes to river running, yes, I am definitely in the severe wannabe category. At first, it was due to lack of access and money. Then, while wintering in Yuma, I took a flat water kayaking class, and my husband and I bought a tandem rec kayak, for flat water. We had a lot of fun with it on the lower Colorado and its many lakes and oxbows. I have been on four one-day paddle raft trips on the Salt. I own a white water kayak, but don't know how to use it. (Got it for free. It is old, a Perception Dancer, but still sound.)cathymocha wrote:@azbackpackr
Somehow I can never see you as a "wannabe" ever.
Nice! back in the 80's I boated all over the west in one of those... still have a Kevlar Layup of one out in the shed...(special permit model).azbackpackr wrote:(Got it for free. It is old, a Perception Dancer, but still sound.)
Our rig was less than $1000 OTD. The bulk of that was the raft (AzRA surplus - $500). We bought brand new oars, frame, etc. from NRS. If you build your own 2x4 and plywood frame, you cut your cost even more. Oars you can't really skimp on, and they are pricey. I'd like to commission some really nice laminated wood oars from my friend who does custom canoe paddles, but I don't have the cash for that. Plus the fact that the oars I have now I can remove the blade from makes them easy to transport on our trailer - 10' length plus a 2' blade. If that was one fixed piece of wood, they'd hang over the edge of our 10' trailer!azbackpackr wrote:That is where the access and money come in, but I am working on that.
Well, I won't initially be learning in that boat, since all the gear is provided in the classes. I am hoping there is a roll session once a week somewhere at one of the pools here. There used to be, at a public pool, which is now closed, so you could go practice once a week.imike wrote:Nice! back in the 80's I boated all over the west in one of those... still have a Kevlar Layup of one out in the shed...(special permit model).azbackpackr wrote:(Got it for free. It is old, a Perception Dancer, but still sound.)
The current boats require much less skill to use in white water... you'll be worker harder learning in that boat!