Greetings workers. Took my Oasis out today for a couple of firsts - first time solo and first time sailing.
I have a bad back and have hurt it a couple of times loading/unloading the roof of the car. I've finally found a way of managing it without killing myself. Might post some pics of the technique later. I can confidently manage it on my own now, so I'm happy.
I put two of these 15 kilo hand weights in the front hatch. Seems about the right amount of counterweight for my 100kg body in the back seat. Thanks to all the folks posting about their ballast ideas - it was helpful.
My first impression of solo pedaling was how light the boated seemed. I'll have no problem pushing some distance on my own. I plan to do night fishing on the river. I'll take my camera, of course.
The wind was a bit gusty and variable. I was pleasantly surprised how far into the wind I could sail and how much speed I could get up under a good wind even with no pedaling. I think I'll arrange a boom batten soon - thanks again guys for posting your ideas.
The nose didn't look so high when I was on board. It only became evident in the photos when I looked at them. Still, I think 30 kgs ballast is enough.
Anyway, I love this kayak. I love the Mirage drive. I'm totally new to yakking and would never have been interested in traditional paddling. The versatility of the Oasis is going to keep me busy for years.
And again, thanks to you all for posting your ideas, tips and modifications.