Hi there! Noob from north shore Massachusetts here. Been lurking for some time absorbing the amazing knowledge here and finally joined, so wanted to be polite and say hi.
I started paddling 6 years ago by joining local clubs that run river and lake boathouses and rent out to people. They give lessons and tours too, and over the years I’ve taken a few of those and loved them. I’ve been slowly exploring and learning flatwater skills and gaining confidence and am finally really wanting to take the step into more.
My goal is to eventually be able to commute via Kayak when I want to. For me that means down the mystic, along the inner harbor to the Charles Locks, and up to the Kendall MIT Boat Docks. To do this safely I will need to start learning Sea Kayak skills, which is great because I also want to start doing some trips both along the coast and to local islands. Also inland, including kayak camping.
My favorite boats so far are Neckys. I just adore how smooth and slippy they are, how easy to connect with and edge. Given I haven’t tried more than a small selection. I’ve yet to try and Eddyline and am told I’d love them too.
My problem is I’m a small middle-aged woman and am pretty much on my own. None of my friends paddle, and those friends who might be interested are either in other states or other countries. I don’t have a car with a roof rack either, though I am saving for one.
My solution thus far has been my Oru. I love it’s mobility, though it’s incredibly slow. However, I can’t use it for the lessons and skills I am about to start learning, and I wouldn’t take it out into salt water past certain areas of the inner harbor. So, after having a good look at one, I decided to pull the trigger on a Pakayak.
After I get my car, I plan to get a Hullivator and a solid one-piece Kayak. That planning is going to take a few years though, and I don’t want to slow my progress in learning and moving out into new areas. So for now, this is a really good option and may even be a viable commute boat later…
Anyway, that’s me. Hi everyone! Thanks so much for all the great knowledge and information here! This site has been an important part of my journey thus far, even if I haven’t been active in it. IDK how active I will actually be either… though it would be nice to get to know other paddlers in my area. =)