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When can I paddle with kayak?

Can I paddle the same boat on rivers and the ocean?

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You can, but it's all about compromise ? and safety. Generally, the shorter the boat the easier it will turn (great for rivers and white water), but the slower you'll be getting from point A to point B. The longer the boat (most sea kayaks) the better it generally tracks and the faster and safer it travels through water.

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Will a dent on the bottom of a Venus to effect the boat's ability to track a straight line?


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Is this kayak very stable in the ocean


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I read all the reviews of the boat I could find, all were VERY positive, all said the boat was very stable in all water conditions, the only draw back comment I ran across is that it is fairly heavy, but that is due to its rugged design, so really you can't have it both ways.
Having Kayaked in the Ocean many time myself I would buy this boat for that purpose after what I read. Here are some transcripts of the reviews I read

"used one of these while on vacation in canada,and i'm hooked it was very sable on rough waters,and we also took it out and went fishing ."
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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You don't say how experienced a paddler you are.
Check also that you are holding your paddle equi distant from both blades. You may be unconsciously paddling harder with your right hand if you are right handed. Most of us are one-side dominant. You may also be sitting slightly diagonally in the boat without realising it. Experiment with shifting your position. Also consider a backrest if one is not already fitted.

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Essential equiptment


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Dec 01, 2008 | Wilderness Systems Pungo 140 Kayak

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