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10/27/11 10:52 A

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If your rack sits on a rail system then you can move the crossbars as close or far apart as you want.

I actually do more white water kayaking than sea kayaking, so my main boats are under 6 feet. When I need room for passengers in my car I push the crossbars closer together to accommodate the short boats.

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10/27/11 10:42 A

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yep, it is really a ladder rack rail on the topper of my full sized truck -- the rack is 8 foot, so a 12 foot boat will do ok i am sure -- a 10 i will just shove in the topper over the tailgate --- for short runs to the beach anyway--- still thinking the $250.00 pelican sit on top boat for a starter-- easy on the budget-- used ones are rare around here so many folks are into it--- will og check the site in a bit

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10/27/11 10:12 A

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If you already have a roof rack then you will never need a trailer, even if you get a super big boat. My sea kayak is 18' long and I put on top of my hatchback.
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10/27/11 3:21 A

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hey thanks for the input, i can lift 40- 50 lbs over my head easily and have roof rack on my truck for ladders that will adapt, but was going to just shove it in back unless on a long trip to water, live only minutes away from many bays and backwater access areas. will lok into those sites ----

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10/27/11 12:36 A

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I have knee arthritis so I really appreciate kayaking. There's nothing better than being on the water.

My first boat was a sit on top. Really stable and comfortable, but super heavy and therefore hard to lift on top of my car.

My second boat was awesome, a Current Designs Kestrel. 12' and handled really well. Super light. I loved that boat and would recommend something like that to anyone as a first one.

Definitely stay away from the cheap Dick's Sporting Goods toy tubs. They warp in storage, and don't handle well at all. You'd outgrow one like that in weeks and then not paddle it because it's so frustrating.

Check the reviews at paddling.net . They also have classified ads there - it's how I found my current sea kayak that replaced the Kestrel.

As for carrying the boat, if you can put a rack on your car that helps a lot. If the boat is too heavy to lift by yourself you can get rollers to make loading easier.

There are also a lot of "new boat" discussion threads over at the other kayak team on Spark People and you might find good information there, too. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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10/27/11 12:22 A

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been thinking on a kayak for exercises, walking, issues with knees etc. anyone have any recommendations on what to do, been looking t the Pelican 10 and 12 footers at Academy, reasonable prices, not so big i have to buy a trailer to haul around. ?/-- am on the gulf coast and a lot of bay accesses around me -- ok team new here so give it up!!!!

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