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Old 04-15-2001, 07:30 PM
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I had an "Ocean-Kayak" sit-on-top and it was fun but gear storage was a problem and the getting wet experience was almost assured...'got into some big blues off RacePoint at PTown and had quite the sleigh ride...I sold it a few years ago and picked up a Pongo with its large cockpit (easy in/out). The skirt goes on when I'm paddling any distance and then off for fishing. I'll have it at the Cape this year and you're more than welcome to try it.
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Old 04-17-2001, 07:16 AM
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2 big points here ... the kayak dealers refer to tandems as divorce boats! and for good reason. you might wanna go one place , the wife the other, bam! argument! 2 yaks are always better than one (even if you buy the other someplace else)they said. the other is warmth : recreational yaks like te pungo are good almost all year, the s-o-t yaks are for warmer water/air and are great for that. but you'll miss out on alot of fun in early and late kayaking. in fact if you go to estuaries, you can yak year-round. Tom D
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Old 04-17-2001, 05:05 PM
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I recently bought TWO (!) Pungos.

At one time I was a class IV (expert) white water kayaker. The Pungos are decidedly the opposite of a whitewater boat. For an inexpensive boat they certainly appear to have an interesting design that should track well and behave well in reasonable waves. A whitewater boat provides foot and thigh braces to allow you to "lock into" the boat. That's great if you can roll the kayak (i.e. use the paddle to flip yourself upright if you flip over), but more than a little unnerving if you can't and are in fact somewhat trapped. The big cockpits on the Pungos should eliminate concerns in that regard.

Although my wife and I do paddle a canoe together occasionally, I did decide that two kayaks would be best (besides, she could pick her own color).

The poly is pretty slippery and I haven't figured out how best to transport them. I think a cradle support may be best. Goose Hummocks (Orleans) did show me how they use tie downs to the hood support struts on the vehicle to get a more vertical hold down, in contrast to the usual bumper tie down for a canoe. Perhaps someone can offer suggestions on rigging the racks.

As others have noted, there certainly are aesthetic issues involved in selecting a boat. I thought the Pungo was well designed, utilitarian, and relatively cheap. Reports on the web are generally positive. If you are into "beauty", it won't rank as highly, but I was looking for something we could use and not worry much about.
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Old 04-18-2001, 12:12 PM
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North Cove outfitters are running a paddle sports demo day at Cedar Lake in Chester, CT on May 5th & 6th. For $10 donation to the Camp Hazen YMCA, you can try out all different models in relative safety.
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