When the winds calmed down yesterday, I was too tired from my drive home to take the Current Designs Storm GT out for it's maiden voyage. Tomorrow is looking to be very windy, so I elected to deal with today's wind to get the boat wet. The temperature was in the mid 70s and the wind was ~20mph with gusts of ~30mph. I chose to launch from the gravel beach near the American Legion cabin in Pierre. I paddled into the wind down to Dump Island, came around the island and returned to the beach. I failed to turn my gps on when I first embarked , but I know from experience that it is roughly 4 miles. Once I had the gps on, I noticed that I was traveling as fast into the headwind as I could paddle my Perception Carolina 14 on a normal day. I fiddled around with the rudder a bit, but I felt more comfortable edging the kayak. I figure I will use the rudder in worse conditions or when I am too worn out to edge anymore.
And my garage with all three boats...
All are the very marvelous and adorable destinations and the beaches are clean with beautiful sand and blue sea water for sure.ReplyDelete
Nice looking boat, Pat. Perhaps you will come to enjoy the ease of paddling with the rudder. I look forward to seeing you underway in the new boat on a cruise in the coming months. I like the fleet stored in your boathouse, err garage!ReplyDelete