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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 5:37 pm 
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Ok, you've gone out and caught all the fish. Now you just want to kayak paddle down the river with your better half as she paddles her outback. I have a pa 12 coming and Im little concerned how this boat/kayak is going to be for just some laid back paddlin and peddlin...any thoughts?

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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 5:52 pm 
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I can't speak for the PA12, but the PA14 is just fine. The wife and I spent an hour or so on the lake yesterday just peddling around. No fishing gear of any kind carried...just a relxing time on the water. The Pro Angler works just fine for recreation purposes as well as for catching fish.

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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 11:31 pm 
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Thanks Steve..Im hoping so..

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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 9:20 am 
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Besides pedaling, you WON'T be paddling. The PA14 is so wide that when you dip the paddle, the other end will have to come across your body far enough to drip all over you. Fine if you want to GET wet anyways, but pretty much a pain if you wanted to stay reasonably dry.


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 9:21 am 
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I would think so. I guess thats why the PA's come with a regular paddle with the T handle. Or do they come with both. But I can't see paddling that thing with a regular kayak paddle.
My other concern, being blessed with short legs, is getting in and out of that thing as opposed to say an Outback or Revolution....gonna be a chore I bet..We'll see in a about two weeks....

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 10:12 am 
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I just push mine out in the water where I know it won't bottom out when I sit in it. Then I just turn around and sit down in the seat from the side and swing my legs on board. No problems!

As far as getting in from a dock..I haven't been down that route. You get the full regular Hobie paddle with the PA. It does come apart and has a t-handle provided that use can use for a single paddle setup. I primarily carry just the single paddle and use that for backing up when required. The full paddle does float. Tested it. Not sure if it's designed to float long term or not and I havn't put a lanyard on either setup yet.

The PA is wide and if you wanted to paddle like a regular kayak, you would probably need a longer length paddle as the Hobie one does get you a little wet like mentioned above.

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 1:07 pm 
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Although the come-apart Kayak paddle is supplied, I prefer to leave it at home and use, if necessary, my wooden canoe steering paddle. It is a little bit longer and moves a lot more water. It floats too(permanently). I have it in a paddle clip as well as an expanding (11') pole. Both have kept me out of trouble so far.
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 1:28 pm 
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The only time I pick up a paddle is when I have to. Why paddle when you can pedal?


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 6:26 pm 
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I find paddling or poling works well in very tight spots and reversing. Other than that, the Mirage drive is definitely the hands down "best practice"
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 6:57 pm 
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Hand paddle is nice for stealth adjustments...... :o

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