Harold ray wrote:
My basic question is where will those of us who don't live on an ocean or the Gulf going to use the Adventure often and heavily. Wouldn't another kayak that paddles and doesn't peddle be better in our circumstances?
The Adventure is 16 feet long. My paddle kayak is 16 feet long. They both paddle, right? My paddle kayak gathers dust unless I want to kayak through shallow grass.
There are tons of rivers and creeks, most of them eventually ending in shallow dead ends around here. There are also tidal flats, shallow bays, and many more places motor boats can not go. Yes, I tend to choose my routes differently (as opposed to using a paddle kayak) because of the limitations of depth.
If all you have in your area is very shallow water, you may want to take that into consideration when determining which mode you will be propelling the kayak with the most. Will you be going upriver and fighting currents? You may need a long narrow kayak so as to be able to get enough speed to get from point A to point B. Going to use it to fish all the time? Narrow is not good for fishing.
Determine you needs in order to determine the appropriate kayak. I personally like to be able to go into the open waters and shallow waters. Sometimes I like to paddle. Sometimes I like to pedal. There are even times I like to sail. The Mirage Outback or Adventure lets you do all three.
I want an Adventure because of the 3 methods of propelling it; I just need to be convinced!
Try looking here: http://www.mobilepaddler.blogspot.com/