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Darn it. I was all excited waiting on these pictures but that won't work for me. MY "little" kayak is 14ft long. It I stand it on the ground, It would be the legal height for a vehicle. MY good kayak is 17ft long. I'd rake it off on the first overpass I wentt under. :) Guess I need a different hobby or shorter boats.

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Darn it. I was all excited waiting on these pictures but that won't work for me. MY "little" kayak is 14ft long. It I stand it on the ground, It would be the legal height for a vehicle. MY good kayak is 17ft long. I'd rake it off on the first overpass I wentt under. :) Guess I need a different hobby or shorter boats.

 

Yesterday , I watched our current neighbor deflate and roll up what I thought was a hard shell good sized Kayak . It was an arm full , but it fit nicely in his trunk .

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We stopped bring a hard kayak and now carry an inflatable. Much easier to carry/deal with and the inflatables are much better / more usable now days.

 

rocmoc n AZ

Would you share more information on your choice of inflatables? What you like, don't like and how long you have had your current?

 

Sorry for the Hijack.

 

Rod

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I'm with Big5er. The folding and inflatables are a huge step down. I have a 17' Impex Currituck that I'll have to trade for a 12'er... bummer

 

Stekay, I know what you mean. I have a 17ft carbon fiber Necky Looksha IV that I have no idea what I'll do without.

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Have you looked at the Pakayak? They are just starting production but they look real interesting. That may have to be my solution. They look a lot more promising than an inflatable. This is one of their first videos. It is while they were still looking for funds but is one ofthe most complete videos they have. They have reached their start up goals and are in the "pre-order" stage. Hopefully that means full production soon. I read somewhere that they also have a 17ft'er in the works. Rumor was it would just be additional sections. That would be neat, allowing you to chose a 14ft or a 17ft kayak depending on the trip and/or conditions.

And here is a pakayak rolling...try doing that with an inflatable.

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  • 2 months later...

Big5er:

We are avid sea kayakers who wanted to do some RV traveling around the US and Canada (and hopefully a trip to Alaska next year). Before we pulled the trigger on an RV purchase, we wanted to have performance kayaks that we could easily take in a Class C motorhome. After some searching, we ordered a Trak Seeker 16ST (with a 30 day return option) . Take a look at the videos on their web site: www.trakkayaks.com The kayaks are 16' skin on frame with an innovative jack system that tensions the frame to give performance even a bit better than our carbon/kevlar sea kayaks. The clever engineering with the jacks allows on the fly hull shape adjustments-changing rocker and a weathercock compensating side adjustment. For my test paddle, a buddy and i did a 14 mile continuous paddle. No trouble keeping a good pace. We are excited because they not only perform as well as our hardshell but can be adapted for different conditions.

 

One thing apparent as we shopped for an RV and considered the RV lifestyle is that it is all about compromises. The same with a portable kayak--but the Trak was the answer for us to not have to compromise on water performance.

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Just watched the video of setup of the Trak Seeker 16ST. I'm sure it would be much more difficult setting up on dirt or sand, but was pretty impressed. Didn't see the price yet.

 

I have wanted to purchase a Kayak for quite a while. Have only used rentals so far and sometimes you get a good one, but most of the time you don't.

 

I will have to check with Wyatt and Marsha about hooking into the ceiling vents in my garage. I have 15 1/2 feet from rear door to wall, but have the doorway through with just a 3 inch drop so I'm sure the nose (or tail) of the ship could pass through. Is this boat lighter than a non collapsable?

 

I really wouldn't have to hook to the ceiling for the full transport , but would need to load it before the car, I think. the boat could then ride on the car as it would for use. Thanks to whoever started this topic. I now think I have a plan if I find a kayak I want.

 

 

Rod

 

Just looked at the "Clearance" prices and guess I will have to save for a while to buy one of the Trak Seeker 16S.

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We use a high pressure two man for when the both of us want to splash around lake superior (phil is correct a poor boat) I use a Folboat for myself its close to the performance of my hard shell (which I miss)

If they get into production in time I will have a pacyak (sp) multi-sectional hard shell delivered to the ECR. There is just no way I have found to bring along a decent sized hard shell camping at least with a full condo truck,a flat top might be possible but that is pretty high off the ground.

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