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Old 12-27-2018, 12:21 PM   #1
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I bought my first kayak (Pelican Catch 100) a couple of weeks ago and finally got to take it out yesterday. I got soaked from the knees down from water dripping off of the paddle, which I'm fine with but not sure if I'm paddling correctly. Anyway, here are some of my personal lessons learned.

1. Paddling sucks, I'm not as young as I used to be. Should've waited and gotten a pedal drive.

2. Current and wind in opposite directions do not make for a fun paddling experience.

3. I need an anchor trolley.

4. I need to work on my balance before standing and fishing.

5. I need a better PFD that is less restrictive, only bought the one I have to meet the requirement.

6. Haven't been this sore since I retired.

7. Probably going to do a trolling motor modification.

Anyways, it was fun and I look forward to putting some fish on the deck.
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Old 12-27-2018, 12:29 PM   #2
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Welcome to the world of Kayaking!

Lessons are learned after every trip it seems

Totally agree on the pedal drive. Worth every penny! If you decide to make the investment there are a glut of pedal drives on the market right now. You could probably get one for a really good price!

As far as the paddling technique goes that takes a little bit of time and to find your own rhythm. But most the time you can avoid water splash in on you by adjusting the rubber rings that come on most paddles nowadays. If you're panel doesn't come up them then you can always add them.

I am by no means an expert but I will gladly share whatever info I have if you need help. I am sure there are tons of people on the forum who would do the same.

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Paddling definitely can get tiring! I'm a much younger guy, retirement is only a dream for me lol. But it gets easier as you go, you find a cadence and learn what works for your boat. Use a continuous rhythm to paddle, don't focus on paddling fast. Long strokes in a pattern that feels natural is all it takes. At least you learned some things from the trip! Your legs are always gonna get wet, despite the paddle rings. It just happens. The trolling motor is not a bad idea and I have one myself, just make sure you have a logical way to reach it if you're using a hand controlled one. Any questions or need tips, give a holler.
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Thanks, guys. Eventually, I figured out the stroke that works for me. It may not be pretty but I felt that it worked.
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The trolling motor is not a bad idea and I have one myself, just make sure you have a logical way to reach it if you're using a hand controlled one. Any questions or need tips, give a holler.[/QUOTE]

I saw a truck earlier today that had a kayak in back with what looked like a PVC mount in the rod holders for the trolling motor. I've seen some ideas on the tubes but haven't really had time to play around with some designs.
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Pretty doesn't matter when it gets you from A to B!
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And my trolling motor is mounted to a piece of wood screwed into the back, but pvc could work as well.
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Most states require a vessel be registered if not under human power (trolling motors) - just be aware.
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That's true, you will need to get your yak registered and get the stickers on both sides, etc.
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