What do you do when you have people interested in getting a kayak and the local kayak shops are not doing demos this week? You stage your own little demo on a local lake!
The 5-Star Yak Pak gathered up some of our boats and took them out to Melrose Bay for folks to try out. We had 4 different Eddylines, 2 Hurricanes, 1 Old Town, 1 Delta, 2 Wilderness Systems and 1 Don’s Kayak (locally-made).
Rotomolded, thermoform and fiberglass. Play boats to touring kayaks, rudder and rudder-less. Carbon paddles, fiberglass paddles and plastic paddles. Bent shaft and straight shaft. Enough variety for folks to get an idea of what direction they want to go, if not to pick out the perfect boat and/or paddle.
We talked about the uses, advantages and disadvantages of each boat and also went over some basic strokes with them then let the participants try them all out. And we had sunny skies until around 12:30 pm when the afternoon thunderstorms started building up and we decided it was time to pack up and go out to lunch.
Quite a fleet to choose from to try out!
Another view across our fleet
Which one should we try next?
Trying out a Don’s Kayak. An inexpensive fiberglass boat made locally that’s good for spring runs.
Trying out an Eddyline Santee. A great boat for rivers and spring runs.
Trying out a Delta 15.5 Expedition. The station wagon of river touring boats.
A different kind of paddle this week. We invited Tommy Thompson from Florida Kayak School to come over from Tallahassee and do a class for the 5-Star Yak Pak on Melrose Bay. As always, we had a good time and we learned something, too!
We worked on paddling techniques drawn from ACA Level 2 and 3 to make us better paddlers and thus have more fun on the water. We worked worked on rescues and re-entries, low and high braces, maneuvering, especially at docks and developing a more efficient forward stroke. This later was particularly important for me. Since I’m always stopping to take pictures I need to be better able to catch up with the group.
Safety lesson first!
High angle forward stroke, heading into a dock for a low brace turn.
Rescue and Recovery
Rescue and Recovery
High brace demo. He makes it look so easy!
High brace practice. Where we learn it is NOT so easy!