OK. This morning I finally paddled a kayak! Demo of an Eddyline Nighthawk 17.5. I do have a couple of questions for you experienced kayakers.
- Paddled for 1.5 hours straight. A couple of very short (1 min) rests along the way. My feet got a bit numb and my lower back a bit tired.
The kayak was equipped with a low back seat not backband. I had to take my feet off rests to stretch them a bit. Is this normal? I think i had the foot rests adjusted properly. A bit of bend in the knees , heels slightly towards each other. Easy to flex a bit and contact the thigh braces.
Is this just a matter of getting used to kayaking? Same for the low back? How do i know if i should order low back seat or back brace?
- Kayak seemed to track more to the right. Assuming a straight hull why? I am right handed so i would think if anything more power on right and as a result track left, not right?
Is it possible I was sweeping a bit on the left?
- Regarding torso rotation: is this correct, as I place blade in water on the right I rotate my torso to the right? Sort of pull with lower hand and lever (push) with upper hand. The torso rotation felt correct but its my first paddle so I’m not sure about this. BTW: my obliques are a bit sore. Not in the shape I thought I was. The 6 pack has become a keg!
- I was using a demo paddle measured just at 6x15 in. which is 90 sq. inches or 580 sq. c.m. I’m thinking I need more surface area. Although i got a good "grip’ on the water it felt like I could have moved a lot more water and subsequently gotten better speed if i had bigger paddle. I seem to be a high angle paddler. Just felt better than a more relaxed lower angle. I do have big shoulders and am pretty strong for my age. Not bragging just an observation. I think i need a wider yet shorter high angle paddle. How do I know? At $250 - $400 i want to make the right purchase first time around.
In all a great experience. Felt very odd leaning to left edge to go right . I kept my upper body perpendicular to water to see how far i could lean. I was ready to brace but my mind did not allow me to push it. I was in some deep spring fed water and did not want to swim first time out.
Now the question is do i enjoy this enough to drop big money on a kayak or am i better served just renting for $35 a day when the mood strikes. I have the boat tomorrow as well so I’ll see how it goes. i am tempted to hit the Gulf tomorrow. Wonder if I can make it from Florida to Mexico by Wed. morning.
Thanks for the help.