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Here is the deal.
I want to start doing more with my kayak. Since I cut some weight I can get in and out pretty easy and I fit better. I put the thigh braces back in, found a old factory replacement rudder and got rid of the frankenrudder I made which worked, but the drag was pretty noticeable. I took the high back band out and replaced it with a normal backband for the style of boat I have.
Need 1. I am going to learn to roll this beast, and get real wet trying.
After about 2 years of life, I am going to get back to river tripping. Already talked to a cohort and he wants to do the Pine Creek through the PA Grand Canyon. The creek is at good float stage in Mar, Apr, and May. Due to the gray wisdom streaks in my hair, I will not be floating anything in norther PA in March. There is a 90% chance of ice on the water and snow. I have exactly no desire to kayak camp in a canyon where the temp will be 5F+ colder. April, well, I have seen 8" of snow on Easter so odds are slim that you will see me in a kayak then either. May OTOH, I have canoed at the end of may, so mid May to the end of may are fair game. But the water will be cold. A outfitter on the creek rents, sells, and recommends a min of a 2mm wetsuit.
Need 2. Prep for OOBE (out of boat experience) Fair chance this will happen as I will be floating a expedition kayak through class 2 rapids. I have done rapids before with a varied outcome, although the ones I went over in were more than class 2.
My thoughts are to get a 3mm Farmer John like the outfitter rents. Wear that under the splash jacket and PFD with the legs under the skirt. Full suits are not recommended for paddling because of chafe in the pits. The FJ will allow me to upgrade with a better splash jacket, wet suit jacket, vest, hood or hooded vest IF I decide I am going to start eairlier and quit later in the year.
Size may also be an issue. 6' and I will be stretching a 3x in the chest (49) and wear a 38 waist with a small carport overhang. That puts a 2x midsection.
Any other thoughts
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