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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:28 pm 
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I am new to this forum, so hello.

My name is Adam. Until recently I owned a too big for what I needed fiberglass canoe. It was a great way to get back into the water, but I've now sold it.

Tomorrow I will take on a new i12s. I live near two rivers, a slough, some lakes, and I live less than an hour and a half drive from the Pacific Ocean. I intend to use this kayak for after-work paddling, for doing some exploring, and for fishing. I'd like to paddle the surf a bit.

I'm looking forward to it. I'm not new to paddling or fishing or water activities, but I am new to kayaking.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:10 pm 
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It's here! I just assembled the seat and I'll be assembling the drive and taking it for a test spin nearby this evening.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:42 pm 
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I took it to a nearby park tonight and took it for a test drive. At first I thought I'd have some difficulty with the distance between the chair and the pedals but then I found that there was one more notch I hadn't seen on both of them.

Probably not news to anyone here, but I was really impressed with how well thought out and implemented the controls were. The pedal drive is powerful and since I am a cyclist as well I have a lot of practice pushing pedals. The rudder works seamlessly and the reverse after a short small learning curve is responsive and handy for maneuvering. I found myself picking floating bits of wood and then practicing maneuvering around them to see if I could.

I am a large person and found the i12s more than capable of handling my big, tall self.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:42 am 
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awesome to hear you are happy with the i12!

i, too, am a largeish person and i was very pleased with how my i11s fit me. also, much like yourself, i was very impressed with the performance of the boat.

i will say i recently purchased the cart that plugs in the scupper holes and it really made moving the boat around much much easier.

anyhow, congrats!


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:52 am 
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I went paddling a bunch more this weekend. I find that even as a cyclist I must be using a few slightly different muscle groups that I don't use as much cycling. I feel it today, but it's a good kind of sore.

I am getting the hang of pulling the drive and tipping up the rudder as I beach it back on the sand at the edge of the river. I know I can push a pedal forward and clear the fins that way, but if I intend to pull the drive out anyway and pull the thing out of the water, how do I get the drive out if I have the whole thing sitting on the fins?

I am glad I went with the squishy tire Trax cart. Even at my nearby park, having that sort of more all-terrain characteristic is really nice.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:03 pm 
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Dread Pirate Robins wrote:
I am getting the hang of pulling the drive and tipping up the rudder as I beach it back on the sand at the edge of the river. I know I can push a pedal forward and clear the fins that way, but if I intend to pull the drive out anyway and pull the thing out of the water, how do I get the drive out if I have the whole thing sitting on the fins?

I no longer let it ever sit on the fins because i found my earlier generation drive has easily abraded hard plastic above the base of the fins and gets all gouged up too easily. Now I have to hook the bungee on the other side to switch that axle housing to expose a fresh side. I pull out the drive in deep water and stick the front or back drive tang into the mast base to stay put out of the way securely.

Thanks for relating your experiences.

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