I am an old guy new to kayaking. I came to kayaking because of 8 knee operations and a replacement.
I just returned from a 2 day trip down the Colorado from Loma to Westwater (Class 1, 3 MPH current, 30 miles) and I have a few questions. I have a Advance Elements Tandem inflatable kayak.
- Packing - I had 2 large dry bags, camping equitment. They ended up behind the seat and presented a large profile and caught every wiff of wind. Questions - I would like to reduce what is needed to go overnight, thus reducing the profile.
- How to pick a landing area? Needing a rest and a walkabout, I look for a place to land. The places I picked had soft sucking mud bottoms. When I got out, I start sinking in the mud. What is the correct method for exiting with the current and the mud.
- I difted alot (old and out of shape). The kayak would sometime run at the bank. A sweep stroke woudn’t turn it away. What I did was placing the paddle in the water on the side I wanted the kayak to turn. This presented a pivot point and kayak turn nicely. Is this a stroke? What is it called?
- Difting, the kayak would change it’s direction of travel. Sometimes sideways, sometimes backward. Is this something I should be concerned with, or it is just the way it is.
Thanks for any responses.