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Author:  Franz [ Fri Mar 03, 2006 3:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Hi

I'm a 41 year old male from the San Franciscao Bay Area. I have been paddling for four years now and have paddled and owned many types of kayaks -- except for a folding kayak.

I'm ready to purchase a boat and am doing as much research as possible.

And I'm very glad to be here. :P

Author:  maryinoxford [ Fri Mar 03, 2006 6:31 pm ]
Post subject: 

Hi Franz,

Welcome to the group. I'm sure you'll find interesting information here.

Two other websites which are useful are the Folbot Forum

- and the Yahoo bagboaters group

If you haven't already found your way there, give them a try.

(not paddling at the moment, as winter has not yet given up in the UK.)

Author:  tsunamichuck [ Fri Mar 03, 2006 9:27 pm ]
Post subject:  I get down to the Gate fairly often

I could let you try my Khatsalano. I will try and get down tomorrow, but depends on the condition of I80 over Donner Summit

Author:  Franz [ Fri Mar 03, 2006 11:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Thanks.

Thanks for the info Mary :o

Chuck, email me if you plan on comming.


Author:  Alm [ Sat Mar 04, 2006 1:07 pm ]
Post subject: 

Just brief notes - in addition to Chuk's Khats, you might also want to try (if you find them) Feathercraft Whisper, Kahuna and K1. These are the closest to hardshell kayaks in handling, and in North America they are the most common in that class. K1 and Khats take a bit of efforts and time to asemble - more than Kahuna, and probably more than any single Folbot or Klepper. Many folders (other than three FC mentioned above) are wider (and heavier, and more stabile too, and some are relatively cheap) - if you are looking for that.

Author:  larrybluhm [ Sat Mar 04, 2006 3:51 pm ]
Post subject: 

Hi Franz, I also happen to be in the Bay Area and own a Fujita 480, which you might want to consider. I work in theater, which is rather seasonal, the season being now. On the flip side, the theater is on the end of a pier at Fort Mason, Marina District. Perhaps we can work something out...

Author:  tsunamichuck [ Mon Mar 06, 2006 9:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Coming down Wed

to paddle the Gate. I can bring down the Khats if you want to test paddle it.

Author:  Franz [ Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:07 pm ]
Post subject:  I would like to ...

but i have school at 5:00.

Will you still be around on fri.?


Author:  tsunamichuck [ Sun Mar 12, 2006 11:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Hey Franz

I ended up driving down Wed and going back that night because of the storm. ( Makes it hard to get over Donner with the chain controls). I am heading down to Santa Cruz for the surf fest Mar 24-26 and can bring the Khats then

Author:  Franz [ Mon Mar 13, 2006 2:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Santa Cruz

I ended up buying a Fujita 500. Haven't paddled it yet, but it looks like a decent boat.

I'm going to try and make it down surf fest too.

Author:  tsunamichuck [ Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:10 am ]
Post subject:  So Franz

How is the lanced boil doing?

Author:  Franz [ Wed Mar 29, 2006 1:24 pm ]
Post subject:  I am ...

I am recovering nicely thanks to the help of my friend Carl,


Author:  MarkandJulia [ Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:48 pm ]
Post subject:  SF Bay Area

Hello Franz

We are also in the Bay Area, if you count the Sacramento River in our backyard. We can slip into the river and be in SF in about 90 miles of downstream paddle.

We've had a couple of Kiwi Kayaks for many years and now are the proud owners of a 1958 Klepper double, in very good condition, complete with orginal sails, ectal.

We are interested in doing the Golden Gate, from Baker's beach, or other bay cruises,, and I will have to do McCovey Cove when Barry Bonds is up to bat.

so, hello and welcome to the folding world 8)

Author:  tsunamichuck [ Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:36 pm ]
Post subject:  If that lanced boil is healed

I am planning a trip out the Gate this weekend ( April 22,23,24)

Author:  Franz [ Tue Apr 18, 2006 12:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Hi Chuck

Hi Chuck.

I have school this weekend -- but may have sunday off. I'll try to email you closer to the weekend.


-- i still haven't tried new boat yet. Been busy with work & school!
School ends next week. :D

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