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Sunday, July 23, 2006

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Howard "A bad day on the water beats a good day in the office any time" even if your inflatable leaks air/I did have to replace valves on mine one time.Soapy water is the best leak detector. Just keep the journal and the photos coming.

It's more exercise at the end of your exercise, but maybe you can drive your bike to the end point, secure it to a tree, and bike back for the truck. Just a thought,
Regards,
Fred

Howard and Linda.... I'm considering getting an inflatable canoe/kayak that I would like to be able to handle alone... can Linda handle your Sea Eagle by herself? It sounds like Howard ( by Linda's choice ..LOL..) is the head captain on these ventures but Can/Could Linda get it out of the truck herself or is it too bulky? And then to the water etc.

Also, just how heavy duty is this material? can you drag the kayak without puncturing it? I was picturing Alligators teeth piercing it when you guys were on the myakka river. Yikes!!

I'm thinking I can find ways to do all this but would appreciate your imput. Thanks... Sharon

Sharon,
Linda could handle the Sea Eagle canoe by herself if she really wanted to. The bag with the boat, seats, paddles, and foot pump are pretty heavy, so she could not carry all that. She would do good to get the bag in and out of the truck.

But if she were close enough to the water, she could make a couple trips and have everything she needed. We were debating as to whether she would inflate the boat at the truck or the water.

Whether inflated or not, it is kind of awkward for one person. The boat itself only weighs 26 pounds, but I'm not sure she could carry it either way very far. She could definitely drag it on its skegs (fins). I wouldn't drag the actual boat material over rough surfaces for any distance (it would wear out over time), but it is rugged enough to slide up onto sand or concrete when you are docking it.

The other challenge for one person is paddling in the wind. It's quite a workout for one person. However, I'm sure it is a little easier with only one in the boat. :)

Hopefully, I'll get out in it by myself one day and can give you a better idea of how it is to handle alone. Don't count on Linda doing it by herself. :)

Of course you could always use one of those little folding luggage carts to wheel the boat to the water. With one person, you could throw the cart in the boat, or use a bike chain and tie it to a tree.

In conclusion, I'll just say that it is really easy for two people, but it is definitely doable for one without too much extra effort. Hope that helps.

LOVE the baby heron photo! :))

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