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06-05-2014 10:10 AM
RichH
Re: Inflatable Kayaks

I have an Advanced Elements inflatable kayak. I use a boarding ladder; PLUS, a 'trapeze' configuration that allows me to 'pull straight up' directly over the middle of the kayak to get my 'mass' out of the kayak. Without the 'trapeze' the kayak would react by moving forward/backward/sideways, thus making the boarding quite difficult. Also, tying the kayak from its 'middle' directly to the sailboat so that the kayak doesnt move AWAY during the vulnerable 'weight shift' will help - a pre-measured tether with a snap shackle on both ends of the tether. To 'load' or 'disembark' one has to learn to get one's feet directly UNDER ones center of mass before standing up.
06-05-2014 06:53 AM
MikeOReilly
Re: Inflatable Kayaks

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Originally Posted by chesapeake1 View Post
Thanks Mike for the advice, I looked into advanced elements more and I like what I read. They seem to be built a little bit better than many of the sea eagle inflatables in my opinion. I went with the Advanced Elements Advancedframe Convertible inflatable Kayak. It came in the mail on saturday, and I was out on the water Sunday. I highly recommend it. Thanks again everyone for the help.
Good stuff chesapeake1. I came to the same conclusion after looking long and hard at all the other options. AE's Advancedframe boats are actually meant for semi-serious paddling and multi-day trips. They're not just a play boat (although they can do that too). They'll never be as nice as solid kayaks, but I'm still impressed with how well they perform.
06-05-2014 04:43 AM
MarcHall
Re: Inflatable Kayaks

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Originally Posted by MikeOReilly View Post
My partner and I just bought a couple of Advanced Elements kayaks and used them this season. We have the same arrangement, with our boarding ladder off the side. I'm not very flexible, (and am overweight ), but I was able to get in and out without tipping. We have covered kayaks, which makes it kinda tricky. If they were open, it would be very easy, but certainly doable either way.

I like the Advanced Elements Advanced Frame boats (we have the convertible and the expedition). They are not as nice to paddle as real kayaks (we used to do a lot of sea kayaking), but I'm quite impressed with the way they handle. They certainly do not cut as fine a line on the water, have more windage, and tend to flex in big seas, but heck ... they're inflatable!

Your back will get stronger if you paddle more, but good lower lumbar support is important. For Advanced Elements boats, I'd recommend getting the Lumbar Seat (which comes with the Expedition, but not the Convertible). I'd also recommend getting the optional backbone.
For the Advanced Elements and for other kayaks that they carry I would suggest purchasing them from REI and take advantage of their generous return policy if not satisfied with the kayak. We recently purchased a Convertible and the jury is still out.

Regards
Marc Hall
Crazy Fish - Maintaining, Upgrading and Sailing a Crealock 37
06-05-2014 01:22 AM
chesapeake1
Re: Inflatable Kayaks

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Originally Posted by MikeOReilly View Post
Hi chesapeake1, we have an AE AdvancedFrame Expedition and Convertible. Only have one season with them so far, but am very impressed. They're stowable on our 37-footer. They paddle and track reasonably well, both can carry a load (especially the Convertible with one person in it) and they seem pretty durable.
Thanks Mike for the advice, I looked into advanced elements more and I like what I read. They seem to be built a little bit better than many of the sea eagle inflatables in my opinion. I went with the Advanced Elements Advancedframe Convertible inflatable Kayak. It came in the mail on saturday, and I was out on the water Sunday. I highly recommend it. Thanks again everyone for the help.
06-03-2014 09:02 PM
B.J. Porter
Re: Inflatable Kayaks

We have a Puffin Saranac two person kayak. We are quite pleased with it.

I knew going into it I'd be too fat and awkward to climb in from the boat, but my wife and kids (teenagers...full sized people) can get in and out easily. We do have a swim platform, but my 17 year old boards it over the side of the boat all the time.

It takes him about 30-45 minutes to set it up on deck, it is light, stable and fast. Get the deck cover, you will want it since if it blows you will get wet. They also make a similar one person boat.
06-01-2014 04:03 AM
chesapeake1
Re: Inflatable Kayaks

thank you all for responses.
05-31-2014 09:41 AM
OPossumTX
Re: Inflatable Kayaks

I just recently picked up a used 14ft Kaboat inflatable. Http://www.boatstogo.com/kayaks_sk430.asp
It came with a 2.5hp Yamaha 4 stroke which is what I really bought it for. Now, I really like the looks of the thing and may keep it and sell my 9.5 ft WM inflatable.

I haven't had it in the water yet because the prior owner brought it from out of state and I have hit a little snag getting the title transferred. I am looking forward to it though.

Has anyone used one of these as a tender?

Have FUN!
O'
05-31-2014 07:51 AM
MikeOReilly
Re: Inflatable Kayaks

Hi chesapeake1, we have an AE AdvancedFrame Expedition and Convertible. Only have one season with them so far, but am very impressed. They're stowable on our 37-footer. They paddle and track reasonably well, both can carry a load (especially the Convertible with one person in it) and they seem pretty durable.
05-31-2014 06:45 AM
skygazer
Re: Inflatable Kayaks

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Originally Posted by chesapeake1 View Post
If anybody has any experience with any of the ones that I mentioned, please let me know. I'll probably be making a purchase within the next week.
Hi Chesapeake, I'm sure you read my detailed post on page one.
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Originally Posted by skygazer View Post
We use a sea eagle, the larger one (370). We like it. It's better to think of it as an inflatable canoe.
I'm just writing to say that we still like our Sea Eagle 370, and it's still our first choice when going to the sailboat. Last season we had a very rough time anchored in a protected cove at the ocean edge of the Casco bay islands, the storm came from an unexpected direction - high winds, rough with big swells off the Gulf of Maine, very heavy rain. A much bigger boat was being tossed as bad as we were, and we felt like we were on a spinning bucking bronco! I can't imagine the trouble we would have been in if I couldn't flip the dinghy over. The rain would have quickly added hundreds of pounds of weight to yank on the tie up line.

Actually right now I'm restoring a beautiful older quality hard canoe, fiberglass (repairable) with aluminum gunwales and decks. The seats are hung below the gunwales on aluminum panels - lowering the seats increases stability, compared to many newer canoes with the seats bolted to the gunwales. So I have lots of choices but always pick the Sea Eagle.
05-31-2014 05:49 AM
jimrafford
Re: Inflatable Kayaks

I have a 2 person Sterns IK140 for sale in excellent condition if any ones interested.
jim
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