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Franz

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Post by Franz »

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

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maryinoxford
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Post by maryinoxford »

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
http://www.folbotforum.com/

- and the Yahoo bagboaters group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Bagboater/

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

Mary
(not paddling at the moment, as winter has not yet given up in the UK.)
Not in Oxford any more...

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tsunamichuck
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I get down to the Gate fairly often

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I could let you try my Khatsalano. I will try and get down tomorrow, but depends on the condition of I80 over Donner Summit
Feathercraft Kahuna ( Angela )
Mariner Express ( Miruku Maru ) ( In Storage)
Northwest Sportee (SuperBoat)
Innova Safari
Mariner I
Feathercraft Java
Nautiraid 14
Innova Sunny
Aire Tributary Sawtooth

Franz

Thanks.

Post by Franz »

Thanks for the info Mary :o

Chuck, email me if you plan on comming.

F

Alm

Post by Alm »

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.

larrybluhm

Post by larrybluhm »

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...

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tsunamichuck
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Coming down Wed

Post by tsunamichuck »

to paddle the Gate. I can bring down the Khats if you want to test paddle it.
Feathercraft Kahuna ( Angela )
Mariner Express ( Miruku Maru ) ( In Storage)
Northwest Sportee (SuperBoat)
Innova Safari
Mariner I
Feathercraft Java
Nautiraid 14
Innova Sunny
Aire Tributary Sawtooth

Franz

I would like to ...

Post by Franz »

but i have school at 5:00.

Will you still be around on fri.?

Carl

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tsunamichuck
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Hey Franz

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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
Feathercraft Kahuna ( Angela )
Mariner Express ( Miruku Maru ) ( In Storage)
Northwest Sportee (SuperBoat)
Innova Safari
Mariner I
Feathercraft Java
Nautiraid 14
Innova Sunny
Aire Tributary Sawtooth

Franz

Santa Cruz

Post by Franz »

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.

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tsunamichuck
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So Franz

Post by tsunamichuck »

How is the lanced boil doing?
Feathercraft Kahuna ( Angela )
Mariner Express ( Miruku Maru ) ( In Storage)
Northwest Sportee (SuperBoat)
Innova Safari
Mariner I
Feathercraft Java
Nautiraid 14
Innova Sunny
Aire Tributary Sawtooth

Franz

I am ...

Post by Franz »

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

F.

MarkandJulia

SF Bay Area

Post by MarkandJulia »

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)

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tsunamichuck
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If that lanced boil is healed

Post by tsunamichuck »

I am planning a trip out the Gate this weekend ( April 22,23,24)
Feathercraft Kahuna ( Angela )
Mariner Express ( Miruku Maru ) ( In Storage)
Northwest Sportee (SuperBoat)
Innova Safari
Mariner I
Feathercraft Java
Nautiraid 14
Innova Sunny
Aire Tributary Sawtooth

Franz

Hi Chuck

Post by Franz »

Hi Chuck.

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

Carl

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

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