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 Post subject: How far do you go?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:14 pm 
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What was your longest one-launch-one-landing trip in your PA? I have been doing 6-9 miles of trolling pretty regularly in my PA14. Today I had a long day and did 13 miles without feeling too bad afterward. I doubt that I could do this distance with a traditional paddle kayak. What's your average and long day?


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 Post subject: Re: How far do you go?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:37 pm 
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In my PA-14, I normally fish with my down rigger for 4.5 to 5 hours and cover 7.5 to 8 miles.....very similar to your experience.
No ill effects in my PA and on off fishing days, I ride my Exercycle and cover 16.2 miles in 50 minutes......burn about 535 calories and sweat off 1.25 pounds.
Fishing is better!

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 Post subject: Re: How far do you go?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:53 am 
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I probably average 6 miles per trip...but I have pedaled more than 10 miles during several tournaments.

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 Post subject: Re: How far do you go?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:41 am 
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Jim,
Interesting question and I'm looking forward to the responses.

During my Lake Superior trip, I departed Loon Harbor at 7:15 AM and arrived at Woodbine by 10:30 in the evening, covering no less than 36 miles. I wasn't fishing so this may not count. I was to meet my family at Woodbine and knew they'd be worried if I didn't show up. I say "no less than 36" because they weren't where we were supposed to meet and I spent well over an hour in search of them. I headed to Woodbine Harbor, the only other anchorage near by and one we would visit regularly, another 8 miles. Also, the chart plotter gives distance in a straight line and I stuck fairly close to the shore which was anything but straight. The original trip was 28 miles but things didn't work out as planned.

On average during this trip, I'd say a minimum of 15 miles a day. I fished all day every day.... it was how I ate. It helped me understand why "food gatherer's" didn't survive. This was during my adventure on Lake Superior. On an average fishing outing down state, I'd guess I usually cover 6-8 miles.

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 Post subject: Re: How far do you go?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:26 pm 
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Guess I do 6-8 miles in one outting. However, being smart as I am.... I always make sure that I am riding the tide out and riding it back in :mrgreen: Total effort may equal 3-5 miles :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: How far do you go?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:52 pm 
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For those that kayak 6 to 10 miles on a regular basis how has your mirage drive and rudder held up? I'm curious if you do anything to keep working parts, etc working well?


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 Post subject: Re: How far do you go?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:57 pm 
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jims wrote:
For those that kayak 6 to 10 miles on a regular basis how has your mirage drive and rudder held up? I'm curious if you do anything to keep working parts, etc working well?


A really good spray-down with the hose at the end of the day - then a liberal coating of WD-40 on the chain and all joints and metal parts. I try to pamper the drive, as a person would take care of an expensive paddle.

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 Post subject: Re: How far do you go?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:30 am 
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jims wrote:
For those that kayak 6 to 10 miles on a regular basis how has your mirage drive and rudder held up? I'm curious if you do anything to keep working parts, etc working well?

On my Outfitter, I travelled in excess of 2500km in saltwater over the 4 years I was using it, measured by my GPS and my sounder (with built-in GPS). I say "in excess" because I didn't always use the GPS, but 2500km was the measured distance on those units. (Most trips were 5 to 10km, some were 20km.)

In that time, I needed to replace one worn (rusted) chain-cable. I replaced the other at the same time even though it didn't show signs of wearing out. I also replaced the idler cable.

My maintenance routine was hosing with fresh water after each use and following most trips, I would spray the moving parts with Inox.

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 Post subject: Re: How far do you go?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:11 am 
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I have no idea of the miles, but I often fish for five to six hours at a "slow walking speed" troll in my Prangler 14. Figure two miles an hour, more or less. You can cover a lot of distance within a mile or so of the launch/land site that way and never even realize it.

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 Post subject: Re: How far do you go?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:43 pm 
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My 57 year old 5ft 4 inch 110 lb wife regularly pedals 11-12 miles with me oftentimes in sporty conditions.


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 Post subject: Re: How far do you go?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:05 pm 
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Sounds like Chuck will put us all to shame with his "no less than 36 miles" in one sitting. Still, considering the distances routinely covered by most, I am surprised that this is not more of a differentiating feature when comparing pedal vs paddle kakaks. I frequently hear of the advantage of hands free fishing, but the flip side of that (your stronger legs are doing most of the work) is seldom mentioned.


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 Post subject: Re: How far do you go?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 11:55 am 
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I'm right there with the majority of the crowd. 6-9 miles is an average day on the water. I've done right at 15 miles in one day but it was a daylight to dark trip so I wasn't looking for distance. The majority of that was likely at around 1.5-2 miles per hour. I never stake out so the majority of my day is spent on the move.


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 Post subject: Re: How far do you go?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:34 pm 
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Mine are almost always 6 miles or less. Most maybe 10 on the lake. Am tired at the end of the day but never was sore.
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