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  • Check out our yahoo group Check out Virginia Paddlers Association on Yahoo groups. We have a fairly large amount of paddlers from that area. It's a friendly group who always welcome new paddlers. There is lots of really good paddles in your area, th…
  • James River 100 miler I've not done a 100 miler on the James, just 50s, above and below Lynchburg. I live in Lynchburg and have provided shuttle for through paddler doing the entire James and wanting to skip the "dead zone". Between Snowden dam and …
  • Goodbye kneeling After a back surgery and a knee surgery, kneeling is out of the question for me. I have found that my absolute most comfortable paddling position is standing. I can run up to class 3 rapids standing and I can see the lines so much b…
  • decking I added a small deck on the front of my 13ft Wenonah Sandpiper several years ago to help keep water from splashing over the front. I made it out of a wooden skim board (beach toy) that I picked up at a yard sale. I cut several strips of ply-…
  • My neighborhood for paddling We paddle and camp all along the James from Iron Gate to Snowden. I have never had any problems finding a camp site. We have even stealth camped at the VGIF ramps along that section. No one has ever run us off. Be sure a…
  • Wow! Success with Legos! I melted a batch of black Legos in acetone and skimmed a layer on my ABS canoe where it was wearing thin and it worked SUPER! Thanks for the idea. It has added new life to the old boat.
  • Just the outer layer I have several spots that have worn through the original black outer layer to show an inner whitish layer.
  • My solution. My solution for my family of four (and a dog) was a 16 ft canoe and 2 Old Town Otters. Both my boys were in their own boats at age seven and never looked back. The Mrs. found that paddling her own boat made us both happy and independent…
  • You want mine? Maybe I am the guy. I have an XL-13 with a Perception saddle that I have had on Craigslist in VA for a while. No takers. I thought 250.00 was a steal. Any takers?
  • Where? Nice river, nice shots Mr TommyC1. What's the run?
  • Crack me up My first Royalex canoe, way back when, was used for a sled. 8 or 9 of us teenagers would fly down the hill, out of control. Then we would pull it back up (it took 8 or 9), flip it over by the fire and sit on it until the next run. The wh…
  • I'm just nasty. I have never actually used soap to clean my wet suit, just rinsed it in cool water (occasionally).Maybe I will try some soap. That should cover stuff living in the suit. If that doesn't solve the problem, I have a stick of Body Glide…
  • Borrow, and buy used. Borrow any kayak you can for a test run to see what you like. Watch Craigs List, Paddling.net, and the like for a cheap used one and buy used. There are lots of deals to be found as the weather gets colder. As for camping, I li…
  • Give them wings to fly.... I started my boys out in Old Town Otters when they were 6. Even at 4, you can probably get a mile in before he gives out. I would get a canoe for myself and the Mrs. and rotate the boys in and out of the kayak. Heck, they …
  • poling partner? I live in south central Va. I pole some on occasion and would be glad to have someone to take a run with if you want to set up a trip some time. PM me and let's share a shuttle.
  • I too canoe and find that changing positions helps greatly. I keep my kayak trips short, 5 miles or less and stop and "piddle" often. Daily sessions with a Precor Stretch Trainer machine at the local YMCA have nearly ended my pain (unless there is s…
  • Wow, lot's like I created a storm Lot's of info, none that definitely confirms on or off the water. I'm going with off the water because I usually am in an open canoe with a 9ft double blade aluminum paddle. That makes me the most likely target off …
  • Last weekend-kayak, today-canoe I like to paddle both. One big advantage my 16ft canoe has over any kayak is the ability to be a trash barge. When I see a old tire or large trash item, I can pick it up and take it home so you don't have to look at i…
  • Play the waiting game. Come Oct. lots of outfitters will have used boats they want to dump before winter. This can often be your best buy. They even come pre-dinged so you don't have to hit every rock in the river to make them look cool.
  • I like winter better on the water. Every one and their brother is at home watching football, and we have the rivers all to our penguin suited selves.
  • 275 cm I use a 275cm (9ft) take apart Mohawk double blade with my 16ft canoe. I do most of my paddling standing, but it works well sitting or kneeling. I have used this paddle over 20 years and it still holds up. And the best part... it is still che…
  • Old Town Otter My boys started at 7 yrs. old in Otters. Not a super boat but a super good time. They could even stand in them and dive over the side. I even paddle them once in a while and I weigh 175. PS. 20 yr. old son paddles WW kayaks and 17 yr …
  • Another bad backer I usually paddle a canoe. I have a 16ft Blue Hole Prowler, now made by Evergreen Canoe Co. I find that any paddling position for long periods of time make my back hurt. In a kayak, I am limited to short duration paddles. But in a …
  • Real canoe I have paddled some of the more affordable canoes and the Coleman is by far the finest of the "reasonable" brands. Don't be so snobby about boats, you may find your behind being dragged out of trouble one day by somebody in a Coleman or w…
  • Bending Branches I have a sweet little Bending Branches bent shaft that I carry in my canoe. I switch between it and a 9ft double blade paddle as I change from sitting to standing when I paddle. My advice, be nosy, see what others are using and ask …
  • Why a kayak? Have you thought about a 16ft. canoe. If you get a tandem canoe with non molded seats,(flat cane seats), you can sit in the seat nearer the center and use it as a solo boat. Many people find this much more comfortable than being wedged…
  • I love my canoe and my kayak and try not to insult any one who paddles either, BUT.... if I can make a joke, I'll do it at anyone's expense. I do find that some paddlers take the sport way too serious. If I want to hang out with a bunch of tight arr…
  • Coastal Canoeist Check us out. We have folks doing trips in all the states you mentioned.
  • test drive first and don't rule out a canoe. Many larger paddlers find a 16ft canoe, with nonmolded seats to be just the ticket. The front seat, when the canoe is turned around, makes a well centered solo seat. A canoe is far less confining, and bei…
  • That looks like my boat That looks like my boat. I've never tried to surf it. I can barely squeeze out of the cock pit on purpose, I can't imagine trying to wet exit.I have only used it on down river (class I-II) races. It could use a home with some…
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