Hello to all. My name is Steve and my wife is Anna. We recently got 2 Old Town Loon 106 Kayaks and are just starting to learn. I have done some paddling years ago in canoes and as a US Marine I also had some time in inflatable boats (called IBSs) But the use of the kayak is a lot more fun to me and my wife enjoys it a lot too. However, we find no one around the center of Wyoming that is really an expert at this, and learning from others mistakes makes a LOT more sense then trying to make them all myself. Old Town Loons seem to get very good reviews, but I have found Old Town has no chat line and their boats came with almost no instructions at all. (purchased from Sierra Trading Post) One feature I see is a “dial” on the back of the seat which is VERY difficult to move, but what movement I have done seems to do nothing at all. Also the deck bungees on the bow look cool, but when they are taken out of their slots they relax and don’t hold anything (so far) and I believe they are designed to do something specifically, but again I don’t know exactly what.
So I found this site and though “I’ll bet some of these folks know a lot more than I do, so I’ll just ask”.
I have found several vids on You Tube that were super helpful and we have been on the water every weekend now for the last 4 so we both are learning.
Today we were out in a 35 MPH wind making swells about 24-28 inches from crests to troughs and white caps curling over on all of them. I found the cockpit took on a lot of water so I am going to order a spray skirt. We do have a bilge pump and we carry 2 tupper-ware containers that hold about 3/4 of a gallon which allows us to bail out the cockpits pretty quickly. I drilled a hold through the lips and attached 1/4" cords to them about 3 feet long. They ride behind the seats. So at times when we want to rid ourselves of collecting water the bucket is WAY faster then the pump. I can get down to about 1/5" of water in just about 2 minutes with the tupper-ware.
I’ll leave this open to instructions, comments and tips and let those that know more than I do help me come up to a higher level of knowledge as soon as I can. Thanks in advance.
Steve & Anna.