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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 4:29 pm 
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Hi;
I will be vacationing in Indian Shores, FL (between Clearwater and St. Pete) and would like to rent an TI to try. I plan to buy one this summer to sail in Lake Huron in Michigan.

Any recommendations on where these can be rented?


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:51 am 
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Local place "Tackle Shack" http://www.tackleshack.com/ Charges $50 for test runs of boats in stock, though might have issues trailering. Last time I was there, Andy had an AI ready to go ("if you provide your own trailer"). Give them a call, and see what they can do for you.

Plenty of kayak rental places all over. 3 I know of, are Dunedin Causeway (north Pinellas county), Ft. Desoto and Gulfport. I am sure there are plenty more.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:05 am 
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Thanks!! I've rented kayaks in Fort DeSoto before, but I don't think they have any AI/TIs.

I'll check out the TackleShack as it is not far from where we are staying. I'll have to work out a plan for a trailer.

Thanks for the leads! :P


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:31 pm 
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I have not been able to find a place to rent a TI in the St. Pete area:BUT The TackleShack was a great find. For $100, they let you try any of their boats on the intercoastal. I met Richard at Veterans Park and he took me for my first spin in a TI. It was fantastic. the Mirage drive worked very well and we had a fast sail in a light wind. I was sold - literally. It turns out that The TackleShack can ship a TI to Michigan for me cheaper than I could buy locally. So I ponied up for a Dune model with trampolines and wheels. It should be in Detroit next week.

Thanks for the lead!

Can't wait to try it on chilly Lake Huron.


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 Post subject: My new TI has arrived!!!
PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:37 am 
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As promised, The Tackle Shack in Pinellas Park, Florida shipped my new Dune TI via Forward Air to Detroit. I picked it up just fine at the airport yesterday. We head up to Lexington, MI (on Lake Huron) tomorrow. Maybe an innaugural run on Sunday???
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It just fit on top of my Excursion!


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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 8:51 am 
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John,

Glad this worked out. Ironically, I am looking at purchasing a TI in the near future. Austin Kayaks is the best price package I can find so far. Probably will not purchase from Tackle Shack, though they have plenty of Hobie gear in stock. Purchasing from Austin, I will save $250 and they give 15% discount on accessories at time of purchase.

BTW, nice addition to the roof rack.

Pete S.


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