I got lazy this week, but only from the blogging perspective. I have been busy, working on the car I borrowed from my uncle (Note: older Jaguars are pieces of crap), taking three kayak trips, knocking out schoolwork, and for that matter, killing two birds with one stone.
Photography will be limited for the near-future, since the "waterproof bag" I used kayaking on Dauphin Island a week ago wasn't so waterproof. Before I inadvertently dunked the camera and one of my textbooks, here's what I was playing at last Thursday:
I paddled halfway down Sand Island, set up the lean-to, and spent a few hours studying and relishing the peace and quiet. On the way back I saw the first sharks of the season, Sand or Bull sharks I couldn't tell. Don't blame me for not sticking around to find out.
Monday, after class, I set about my afternoon workout of choice: The 9-mile, 2 1/2-hour Chickasaw Creek paddle. See my January 10 post for that route. I actually brought my pace up a little for that one. All this in a cheap entry-level kayak. The only way to make it a bigger pain than this would be to start paddling with a sea anchor. Just imagine what's going to happen when I get a touring kayak. I'm in the market, and Fairhope Boat Company has a great selection. I'm looking for a "touring" kayak, long, lean, and fast, with enough storage capacity for a three-day, self-sustained outing. This will be a layaway proposition, hoping to be in the water on a new mount by May or so. Also, This will be a boat that I intend to have for a long time, so I am looking at durable, higher-end boats.
Here are the three boats I'm torn between:
Wilderness Systems™ Cape Horn™: (approx. $1100)
Necky™ Elaho™: ($1300-1600)
I've seen this one on eBay for under $700. I'm keeping my eyes peeled for deals.
And finally, this beauty, built with smoother material and, to my mind, the best hull-speed potential and aesthetics:
Hurricane Kayaks™ Tracer 165™ (Approx. $1400)
So, which one will it be?