Since I posted this review yesterday I’ve done a little bit of research and found out this kayak sells for ~$180 at Wal-Mart. A pretty good deal, in my opinion, for an entry level, beginner’s kayak. Obviously is sells for much less money than I expected because I thought it was probably a $300 kayak.
The rear hatch is not bulkheaded so don’t expect anything back there to stay dry if it isn’t in a dry bag.
I paddled it on French Creek from Rt. 97 between Union City and Waterford, PA to Rt. 6N near Mill Village which was ~9.5 paddling miles and the boat was quite comfortable for that distance.
A customer who purchased the video plans for my kayak ergometer was nice enough to send me a photo of the finished product and I think it looks fantastic!
Completed compact kayaker ergometer built by Alan M. using my plans
Alan took the time to sand and stain the device and it truly looks beautiful. He also reports the device paddles much smoother than he imagined it would.
Getting feedback like this is great. Thanks, Alan!
Buy your video plans and part list for only $20 USD.
Homemade kayak ergometer from Nordic Track ski machine
Buy the video plans and part list now for $20 USD.
PS – And now I just found his YouTube video!
Absolutely fascinating interview combining several of my passions, diet, exercise and kayaking.
You may recall me bringing home an old-school, Hyperform Prijon Interceptor last summer. https://davethekayaker.com/2017/08/10/a-vintage-downriver-racer/
I finally finished her restoration in between the thunderstorms and decided to make her pretty rough and ugly.
Here’s the back story.
Since the James River Rundown (JRR) is no longer, a new outfit, The Crosswind Paddle Co., is hosting a new race in August, The Richmond Paddle Cup. Rumor has it they added a 17-mile race to try to attract the JRR long-distance crowd.
Well, I have news for them.
It is going to work.
In fact, it is going to work so well that the elite JRR paddlers have agreed to enter the race but we will all compete with kayaks and canoes we purchase from Craigslist for $200 or less. It is known as the Craigslist Challenge and will be a race within the race.
I finished the restoring the old Prijon Interceptor (purchased for $90 from Craigslist) and took her out for a paddle this evening.
She is the most uncomfortable boat I’ve ever paddled and the cockpit opening is so small it is hard for me to get in and out of.
Nonetheless, she will be my boat and I painted her up nice and ugly so nobody in their right mind would ever think of stealing her.
The boat is now a cross between a Swiss Army knife and a candy cane.
I hope her integrity and my lower back will be able to survive those 17 miles on August 11 on the James River.
This was originally going to be my James River Rundown boat for 2018 until the James River Association discontinued the event.
Now it is a boat in search of a race.
I’m waiting for the back-ordered, over-stern rudder to arrive before I can do any downriver distance with it, but as it stands, it is a very fast boat for a plastic design. I do not yet know how it compares to the Epic V7, but hope to have that verdict to you soon.
I wish it was sharper in the bow to cut through the water rather than splash and push a bit of water (I felt like it always had a leaf stuck on the front) and wish it had a reasonable space for a water bottle within easy reach, but overall I like this ski.
I’ve got only 14 miles into it over the weekend so a full review will be coming once I’ve had a chance to put it through its paces.
I have to say, the difference between under-stern and over-stern rudder is huge. The shorter ‘wheelbase’ of an under-stern rudder makes turning much more efficient such that it takes very little movement of the peddles to turn the boat significantly.
I’ll explore this more fully in a future review, but once I got everything setup and adjusted I found that if I found myself thinking about using the rudder I was already overthinking it. Only the slightest press of the foot with a toe involved achieved the desired effect.
And Ben not too many years ago…
Picking up new, top secret boat tomorrow.
Hopefully a review video will be coming over the weekend.
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I’ve been pondering a new race on my local river for a few years now and have made the first steps toward making it a reality.
First, I asked East Coast paddlers if they’d have an interest in a 44-mile race and they overwhelmingly replied, “yes!”
Second, I went ahead and reserved a domain name this evening.
What are your thoughts?
Are you interested in a 44-mile race–the full length of the Rivanna River–in Central Virginia?
If so head on over to www.RunOfTheRivanna.org and fill out the form so we can determine if there is enough interest.