Last year, on a whim, my family and I rented some kayaks and had a blast. I’m not sure why we never tried it before, but it was something we wanted to pursue. Fast forward to this year, we went to an EMS demo day and I went out a few times with a friend who happened to be a kayak guide for the AMC. So this week, we picked up a couple of used kayaks. We bought a Perception Carolina 14 and a Wilderness Systems Pungo 140. Our first trip will be this morning.
I do have some questions about the Carolina, which came with a rudder.
- I’m not really sure whether I’ll use the rudder right away, but how does it work, once it’s down? Left pedal to go left, right to go right? Any tips?
- I assume the pedals are not adjustable on the fly when not using the rudder? My son is a little shorter so I’m not sure if I can bring the pedals back a few inches if he rides the Carolina .
- The front hatch cover feels a little loose, compared to the rear which is quite snug. I assume it should be snug, no? It’s a perception cover and ithe rubber actually looks to be in good shape, but can it just be “stretched” with age?
- The little rubber “v” that the blade rests on when up is a little torn. I think I can get a replacement from Harmony. Can I just unscrew the old one without damaging the plastic? Should I use some sort of sealant when I screw it back in? I’ve never worked with plastic so I’m hesitant to put any new holes in a boat.
That’s all I can think of for now but I’m sure I’ll have more.
Thanks much for any suggestions. Very excited.