We have always been a bit spontaneous on things. Fortunately it usually works out… We had self imposed requirements.
- Front and rear bulkheads
- Transport in the van- so had to be 12ft or less
- Lighter weight.
After having tested the Eddyline Skylark(12ft) and Sky 10 and looking/sitting and paddling a few others, we decided to go for the Eddylines as they set the bar pretty high.
And being that we expect to be permanent Lily Dippers, I think probably a good choice.
We have a couple of really excellent places to practice. One area is amongst 6 islands where the water is 4-6 ft deep in most areas. Stays pretty smooth and somewhat out of the wind but each island area is effected differently by the current and also proximity to the shipping channel. Another area is called the “Shallows” and you can be +100 yards offshore and only be in 4-6 ft of water. It is at the end of Whitefish Bay so can be more windy and a bit more choppy than the islands area. Both should be good areas to practice in.
The boats has been everything from fun to frustrating so far as we learn paddling techniques and figure out how to paddle in certain conditions.
There have been some moments where there is a rhythm and we feel a glide happening, which is almost magical.
Thanks for your help----more later.