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 Post subject: New to Folders
PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 12:51 pm 
Hi All,
I currently use a malibu mini-x as my paddling craft. However, I'm now seriously thinking of a folding yak for the sheer convenience of storing in the car and going 'wherever' to paddle. I'm sure it will be much easier for this 70+ body to handle.
Can anyone tell me about the Pakboat Puffin Sport. I see that this model is a closeuot by the mfgr at an atractive price, but I know very little about this craft other than what I have read in their catalog.
Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: New to Folders
PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 5:39 pm 
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Hi,

If you browse this section of the forum, you should find some real-life experiences of the Sport. We had a forum member called Rods who used to use one, but shifted to an Alpacka packraft, for ultra-light boating. I also found one review of the Sport on Paddling.Net here:
http://www.paddling.net/Reviews/showRev ... ?prod=1926

In general, Pakboats produce good-value lightweight boats, aimed at "recreational" paddling, not for very challenging environments.

Are you thinking of assembling/dismantling the boat every time you use it? Because that's a whole topic of discussion in itself. I used to have a Puffin Swift, a bigger kayak than the Sport, with more pieces. Once I got used to it, I could go from boat-in-bag to boat-on-water in half an hour. But it's quite hard work to assemble any folder on the ground, involving a lot of kneeling and bending. At some stage after the trip, it needs to be dried off - either on the bank, or after you get home. (I don't mean if you're going to paddle it again in a day or two. But if it might be in the bag for a couple of weeks, it really should be dry or you'll get mildew problems.)

Depending on the kind of paddling you are doing, you might find a good-quality inflatable more convenient. If you use a footpump to inflate, it's still a bit of work, but you can do it standing upright looking around at the scenery. Innova (aka Gumotex) Safari or Solar are useful boats, provided you're not too bothered about speed.

Mary

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 Post subject: Re: New to Folders
PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 10:45 pm 
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I have a Sport as well as a few other kayaks. The Sport is very light and takes only about 20 min to set up. It is very stable and fine for casual paddling. I have used it in lakes, slow moving rivers and in the sea close to shore. It rides high so it is dry but for the same reason tends to turn with the wind/current when you stop paddling. Although the Sport is very convenient, I do prefer to paddle the Cooper or my hard shell in preference to the Sport or my Sunny, a well made inflatable.

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 Post subject: Re: New to Folders
PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:25 am 
Mary, thank you for your comments and guiding priciples. I would be using the Pakboat for in-bay paddling, fishing and dismantle the craft after each use. The discipline described may now present a problem since it must be cleaned, dried before packing away. Time between use can be lengthy.
I will now turn my research and consideration to inflatables. I notioced the new Bic Yakka has an interesting approach to a 'keel' and directional stability. More to consider.
I do appreciate your response to my question. :)


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 Post subject: Re: New to Folders
PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:35 am 
Hi BernieM,

Thank you for your encouraging comments regarding the Sport.
In view of the discipline involved in takedown (I cannot leave the craft assembled after a paddle due to lack of suitable storage space)
I feel I must turn my attention to seaching for a good inflatable, including the Innova line. :)


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 Post subject: Re: New to Folders
PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:26 pm 
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Hi jgpaddler,

Have a look on the website of TheBoatPeople, here:
http://www.theboatpeople.com/index.php?cPath=21_26

They specialise in good inflatables, and there is a lot of general information about inflatable boats on the site. I think they are re-organising their website at the moment, but you should find it worth a look.

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