August 01, 2004

Sea kayaking

The problem with doing a new thing for the first time is that if you like it, you'll want to do it again. And doing it again, on your own terms and on your own schedule, usually means that you have to have your own equipment.

For example, take sea kayaking, which I tried for the first time this weekend. It should surprise no one that I loved it. The boat is stable; you can get going pretty damned fast just by paddling; it's easy to steer; it's quiet (big advantage over a jet ski); and you can use one to do multi-day trips along unpopulated stretches of coastline.

I want to do it again, and so I want my own sea kayak. Problem is, a plastic one is somewhere around $2000 and a fiberglas one is almost twice that much. Damned equipment costs. I suppose I'm fortunate that I haven't tried sailing yet. Or motorcycle racing.

Posted by Carey at August 1, 2004 04:05 PM

Man, that always looked like a ton of fun. I'm jealous.

Posted by: Mark Ashton at August 2, 2004 10:32 PM

I used to go with my buddy who lived out in Malibu. We'd go surfing in the morning and then take his Dad's two(!) kayaks out in the evening. There is nothing quite like it in the world. Serene, athletic, and fun. I'm glad you had fun.

Now, here's the question. Can you sea kayak in Lake Michigan? :)

Posted by: Adam at August 3, 2004 10:48 PM

The myth about sailing is that it's super expensive. The trick is finding someone who has a boat that they love and are dying to use and need someone to help them sail it. There are lots and lots of those people in the world. Go meet them.

Posted by: Scheherazade at August 4, 2004 11:53 AM

I don't see why we couldn't kayak on the Great Lakes... I'm sure there's some fantastic stuff to see out there.

I buy into all the myths about sailing since I have no substantive knowledge. :) Now I'll just have to keep my antenna out for people with boats.

Posted by: Carey at August 4, 2004 06:36 PM

I've been a sailor for a few years (but have no boat here in MI). Truly, other than the actual labor involved (it can be quite intense at times), I can think of nothing so magnificent. Gliding along the water, no sound but the wind... ah, I'm already homesick!

Posted by: Denise at August 4, 2004 06:41 PM

I *love* sea kayaking. It is so tragic that there's no sea near Ann Arbor, because I'd be there every weekend. I'm sure there is kayaking somewhere nearby though. I've been on the Potomac, which is not nearly as much fun as the ocean, but is satisfying nonetheless.

Posted by: Julie at August 10, 2004 01:14 AM

Kayaks, including sea kayaks are relatively sheap to rent. Unless you live on the water, there is no reason to own your own.
Sailing can be pretty cheap if you join a club.

Posted by: T. Gracchus at August 10, 2004 01:36 PM