Shakedown run in the Hurricane

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MikeAqua
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Location: Nelson

Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:48 pm

Finally got around to taking the Hurricane 128 for a test paddle on the Nelson Haven a few weeks ago and now I've finally got around to posting a report. For those of you who know Nelson I left from just below Marybank Road and paddled to the lighthouse at slack water and home against the ebb tide.

That's a 9km return trip assuming straight line travel. It took me about one and three quarter hours without really trying to paddle fast.

I've leaned a few things about paddling my kayak. ..

Firstly tracking is sensitive to longitudinal trim. The kayak tracks well a little stern down as that gets the long straight keel into the water. If trimmed bow down it doesn't track as well. I don't have a rudder and haven't made my mind up about getting a rudder kit yet.

Secondly the paddle I have left after the burglary, which is 220cm is just too short. I kept hitting the sides of the kayak, which is actually narrower than my old kayak - a P400. I used to use a 240cm paddle.

I also need to learn to be moving the paddle faster as it enters the water because the boat glides so much better than my old kayak, the water flow is pushing the paddle back as I'm starting my stroke - also contributing to me hitting the kayak with the paddle.

Some patience needed to learn how to paddle this new hull. But I think it will be worth it. A few piccies from half way across.
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eynon
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Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:11 pm

some nice looking water you got there
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peteatkina
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Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:39 am

Sounds good mike.
Hows the stability?
Not tempted to flick something out the back?
Done any mods or still in the trial stages?

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MikeAqua
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Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:00 pm

Stability is different from a typical fishing kayak. Superficially it's a little twitchy, but actually very stable, you have to really lean out to get it to tip.

I'm not tempted to fish out of it until I have a bit more time in the saddle. I just bought a correctly sized paddle which will make big difference. I find my body constantly adjusting to small changes in angle - quite hard on the core muscles. These adjustments are actually unnecessary (because the secondary stability is good), so I'm trying to unlearn the behaviour

I have a couple of cannon rod holders to mount but haven't gotten to it yet. Also need to fit an attachment point for a safety tether. The kayak is so light it would blow away quickly if I ever lost hold of it. Then rod leash attachments and fish storage of some sort.
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