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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:06 am 
Almost a year ago, after discussion here and elsewhere, I bought a Nortik Navigator. It was a lovely ingenious enjoyable boat, but one of my kayaks had to go when I needed to raise funds... Now I have a storage problem - and I'd also like it to be easier to stay with urban friends en-route when making a trip with the kayak - and I miss making a boat out of a bag, so I am considering a folding boat again.

One of the reasons I won't go for another Nortik is the set up time. Not too bad at all actually, and quite a satisfying process in a way, unless there are midges around! The Scottish midge is a dangerous blood-draining creature, appearing in intolerable swarms, and with one's blood being rapidly drained, 40 mins fiddling with cross-bars is no longer a pleasant contemplative experience!

And so it comes to pass that a Trak Seeker is this moment winging its way to me... :D

They claim a 10 minute easy assembly time, 15 mins on a first attempt. That is probably the amount of time I spend fiddling with straps on the roof anyway - and attaching the roof bars in the first place takes at least as long. So, if that is as they say, it should work for me in that regard. The question is, will I like it!! Big risk. It has had good reviews on here, and it has hard chines like my beloved greenlander pro, and the rocker is adjustable which might help customise to suit, so fingers and toes crossed that will be a yes!

Any encouraging feedback from Trak paddlers welcome at this point of no return...! :shock:

More to follow when it arrives... :D


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:30 pm 
lord high faltbotmeister

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Ok so now you really do have to bring it to the Bay of Naples for a weekend! May or June are good :-)

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 1:39 pm 
That would be so cool! And I am on leave in June... 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:23 pm 
knight of the folding kayak realm

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Or to Cambridge if you're visiting this way. ;-)


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:33 pm 
Oh lovely, thank you, I am due to visit a friend there! It will be an interesting challenge by train... :)


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:06 am 
My Trak, and a beautiful accompanying carving of an inuit hunter, have arrived!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:31 pm 
knight of the folding kayak realm

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That's looking good.
Just let me know when you're planning to be in Cambridge if you think you might have time for a paddle. I'm away in July.

I sometimes take the Klepper short distances by train and paddle back to the starting point. It's not too bad once its strapped to a set of wheels, though I wouldn't want to have to lug it up too many steps while changing lines.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:14 pm 
Thanks, I will. :)

It was a beautiful day for a first paddle!

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:09 pm 
knight of the folding kayak realm

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Location: Coastal New Jersey
Lovely boat, beautiful place. Much happiness with your new kayak!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:49 am 
Thank you Jake :)

A bit windy today but looking forward to another paddle if it settles at high tide this evening.

The boat tracks (Traks, heh heh heh. Sorry :roll: ) beautifully. I kept this waterfall perfectly aligned with my bow for the ¾ mile or so crossing the loch.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:08 am 
Apologies for the huge photos and squint horizons!

Then after a lovely hour or so we headed home...

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:01 pm 
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Congrats! Looks great.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 1:53 pm 
Thanks, so far liking it a lot. About to dissemble for the first time and repack, the bag is excellent but I will be surprised if it all fits as neatly as when it arrived!


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