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02-26-2002, 10:03 PM
Well, a combination of this darn warm weather and a jack-knifed truck on the expressway conspired to "nudge" me into buying a kayak today. I just had to wait out the worst of the traffic downtown so I dropped by one of the outfitter stores on Commonwealth Ave.

I wanted to check out the new Phase-3 seating in the Wilderness System kayaks. I've had my eye on the 15.5' Cape Horn model for a while now.

Anyway, of the 30 boats they had hanging from the ceiling, there were no Cape Horn 15's to be found. After inquiring about them, or the conpsicuous lack there of, the saleswoman emerged from the backroom with what I will henceforth be refering to as "my kayak" for the remainder of this post.

It was the boat, in the color that I was going to order(Granite Grey). What can I say, it was warm outside, the boat was exactly what I wanted, it had just come off the truck that morning, did I mention it was warm outside.........?

"Hi Honey, how was your day? Traffic? It wasn't as bad as they said it would be...........bought a kayak......was Sean on his best behavior today? What do you want to do for dinner? What? What did I just say? You mean.....It wasn't as bad as they said it would be? Oh, after that. I bought a kayak? Yeah, I'm serious, a big, fat Wilderness Systems kayak, "my kayak.";)

Lucky for me she is quick to forgive my fiscal indiscretions.

I pick up the yak this weekend. Spring can't come soon enough. Yippee!!!

Now, if I just had a paddle to make the damn thing go! :hehe:

02-27-2002, 06:17 AM

Don't forget that my paddle is in your garage.

Don't forget that you live 5 minutes from a pond.

Now you have me jealous...

02-27-2002, 06:55 AM
WOW! Congrats - some things were just meant to be. It's gonna be an awesome summer.

02-27-2002, 07:23 AM

You're going to be a speed demon in that thing!

How about a tow for your fat old buddy Roop?

If you want to do some scouting this weekend email me & we'll make plans. Couldn't find any partners last week & I won't paddle in cold water alone.

02-27-2002, 08:10 AM
Congrats Mark, tha Cape Horn is a great looking boat!

I'm going to try out a couple of paddles - Aquabound and Eclipse, both carbon v.light and both in the low $200s. Still waiting for an ETA on my Dry-Suit - as soon as its in I'm ready to go.

Looking forward to paddling with you guys.

02-27-2002, 09:19 AM
Mikie, you're still welcome to try mine before you go getting all gaga over the 'fiscal indiscretion' - obviously Bob Smith is smiling :D

Congrats Mark!!!:smokin:

02-27-2002, 11:18 AM

Thanks for the extended offer. I will probably take you up on the offer after I pay a visit to some kayak shops and really take a good look at some of the other boats out there.

I like the Carolina and hopefully it is all the boat I need.


02-27-2002, 06:54 PM
Hey Adrian, a certain online REcreatIonal gear retailer has the Aquabound Expedition AMT in carbon fibre for $180.

At 33 oz. that is the best cost/weight ratio that I could find.


02-27-2002, 07:02 PM
Here's my baby......

Roop, fast is a relative term. Have you ever seen some of the rolly-polly guys that crawl out of top fuel dragsters at the finish line? If they had to propel those cars themselves your kids could beat them on a pogo stick.

02-28-2002, 09:04 AM
Mark I'm curious about that fancy three-point seating system. Care to describe features??? - offline if you choose. Thanks.

02-28-2002, 08:11 PM
How long before it's covered with UV resistant brew logo stickers?
I can almost see a Black&Tan tap mounted on the rear hatch!

This could be quite a summer...

02-28-2002, 11:26 PM
No problem Dave, first the WS brochure propaganda:

"Phase-3 lets you fit the boat to your body, and re-fit without landing and exiting the boat. Raise and lower the seat-back height, recline, raise and lower the thigh support. Adjust on the fly to relieve fatigue or to snug yourself in for carving turns or rolling."

What does that all translate into in the real world? The seat seems to consist of three major components. There is the main foundation that is anchored to the inside hull. Your body contacts it at the hips and the very lower portion of your back. On top of this lies a padded seat that is hinged in the back. It can be tilted up and down, under you thighs, by shortening and lengthening two nylon straps that connect on either side, towards the front of the pad. The lumbar support can be raised and lowered vertically, as well as reclined, by pulling on a nylon rope that is locked into place with a barrel lock.

If that completely confuses you, click here ( to go to the Wilderness Systems page and then click on the green recliner in the lower right corner for a macromedia image.

And Pete.....I'm unaware if my license to transport massive amounts of alcohol has a marine clause. If so, you can bet I'll have plenty of "ballast" for the troops this summer. I think we are going to need a designated paddler?


03-01-2002, 08:36 PM
Ahh......the boat has reached it's new home and I have but one concern.......where the #@&$ do I store a 15.5 ft. kayak?

The spray skirt showed up in the mail as well today.

Roop, I'm lacking time for the next few weekends so any true paddling will have to wait until at least March 24th. Next week is the Casting Clave, the following weekend is my vocations X-mas(that would be St. Patrick's Day), and I have a date with my accountant on Saturday the 23rd to settle up with Uncle Sam. He doesn't know it yet but he'll be paying for my kayak and a monstrous swing set for my son's birthday.

All the best,


03-02-2002, 03:51 AM
Storage is a problem.

I have mine (@13'?) hangin over the hoods of our 2 vehicles in the gargage.

If I ever get my barn built, I envision a small closet/ shed off the back: 3' deep, 18' long, barn doors - with racks to store yaks & canoes. Maybe a good spring project for the clan?

If we get some more snow, take your son for a sled ride in it!!:D

03-02-2002, 12:39 PM

I have mine on a couple of large "J" hooks (about $5 from local hardware store) attached to the garage wall. I lined the hooks with neoprene for better support. The hooks are about 11 inches wide and spaced to support the strongest points. The tie on the carrying handle carries no weight, it's just for insurance ;)

03-02-2002, 01:39 PM

I'm thinking about a pulley system to raise the boat to the ceiling. That way I could back my car into the garage and lower it right onto my kayak saddles.

The hooks on the wall may be my best option, though.

Well done Adrian.


03-02-2002, 03:52 PM
...I know there's a pulley system that sells for around $50...
That's a bit much! A few years ago I went to Home Depot and got...
2 screw hooks, 4 pulleys, 2 quick ring clips, 1 cleat, and some 550 cord and made my own hoyst/pulley system.
The boat's out of the way but easy to get to for a fast getaway.
As my collection grew, so too did the number of hoysts.

Make it easy to get to so there are "no excuses" next time you get the urge to make a splash!

03-03-2002, 07:10 AM
I think Adrian's got the best set up I've seen, KISS.

Mine hangs off two J- hooks from the ceiling, I just run the cam'ed tie down straps over the hooks & around the boat and adjuts it as I pull the pag end.

Pulleys are too complex a machine for a simple minded simian like me.

03-04-2002, 08:58 AM
Mine's in a barn in another state - I probably couldn't get to it in my garage right now anyway:( (At some point I'll rig the pulleys for home:chuckle: )

Reading about suspension systems in webpages suggests the thing be done like Adrian did it, or supported from the bottom if hung.