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July 31, 2010

Yeah, I bought a Kayak today!

Filed under: Outdoors — Tags: , — Marcus @ 5:20 pm

So today was quite the day, I have been wanting to try kayaking for quite awhile, I keep meaning to go to a kayak rental place near my house (http://www.eastlakecanoe.com/) but I just never seem to get around to it.  Well today I made it down there just after they opened, I rented one of their kayak’s, got some quick instruction on how to use them and I was off.  I spent two hours paddling around the Chagrin river and then I headed out and paddled around lake Erie for awhile.

All in all, I loved it, the kayak I rented was nice, but I could really see where having a nicer one would make it a lot nicer.  I ended up talking to the person that heads up the local kayak club here (http://www.chagrinriverckc.org/) and discussed what type of kayak I would most likely enjoy, she also mentioned that many of the kayaks were on sale right now because it is towards the end of the season.

So of course, while I was running some errands this afternoon I stopped by one of the stores and found they were very much on sale, after agonizing in the store for about an hour I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase one, I got a Future Beach Vector 144.  I ended up saving about $250 on the kayak and associated equipment.

Right now I have been trying to run 3 miles 3 times a week, I am really hoping that I can take two of the other mornings and go out and kayak on the lake.  Based off from my trip today, kayaking is quite the upper body workout, also from reading and from what is currently sore :-), kayaking will really work out my core muscles.  This kayak is a pretty large kayak, my other hope is that I can do some weekend survival camping/kayaking trips.  I would like to be able to pack the kayak and head down a river for a couple of days camping as I go.

I know this really seems like an impulse buy, but I have been thinking (and saving) for the last couple months for it, I really just wanted to get out and confirm that I would enjoy being out on the lake in a kayak.  After my trip today it really confirmed how much fun I think it will be.  Also I keep saying its a shame to live as close as I do to lake Erie and to never actually do anything on it.

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  1. I came across your site because of the links to the livery and canoe club websites I built both of them and have google analytics to show where traffic is comming from.

    I read this blog about you going to the livery, meeting Lisa, and purchasing a kayak, and I wanted to invite you to a monday night paddle. The club has one every Monday at 7:00 that is open to everyone. It is a great oppotunity to meet others in the club and possibly join our little community of paddlers.

    -Brian Holladay-

    Comment by Brian Holladay — August 8, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

  2. Hooray! Congratulations!

    Have you registered it with the state of Ohio yet? if not, you may want to go with the alternate registration which doesn’t require OH numbers on both sides of the bow. You’ll have to go out to Ashtabula to get it because only an ODNR “field office” will issue it. But I like having the single registration sticker on the hull right behind my seat.

    Now I need more info on the Eastlake club as my kayak has been waiting in the barn all season!

    http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/watercraft/AlternativeRegistrationforHandpoweredBoats/tabid/2776/Default.aspx

    Comment by Kathy — August 10, 2010 @ 9:10 pm

  3. Yes, I have already done the registration, I didn’t know there was an alternative way to do it, so I have the numbers on both sides of the kayak. I didn’t really care though, except it was a pain to get them on there.

    Comment by Marcus — August 10, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

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