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Got this early Xmas gift. It's a tandem kayak. It hasn't touched water yet, but I hope to break it in sometime shortly before or after Xmas. It can be used in a solo or tandem configuration. The two 6-inch deck hatches give access to plenty of storage room inside the hull - lots of space to stuff fossils. Now I just need a break in the rain and for this holiday madness to be over with. I'd love to take it out before Xmas, but I don't know if my schedule will allow it with the upcoming holiday and family things going on. The first water it will touch will likely be the Peace River (Florida) looking for Meg teeth and Pleistocene megafauna.

 

 

 

 

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Darktooth

Sweet gift! Use it well and use it often!:)

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minnbuckeye

Was that a Secret Santa Gift??????? WOW. If you ever paddle it across the Gulf of Mexico then up the Mississippi River, stop in and we can collect fossils up here in Minnesota! Coincidentally,I just retired last week and to show my staff how appreciative I was of them, I presented each a kayak at our Christmas party last night. Hope you enjoy yours as much as they will enjoy theirs.

 

 Mike

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Uncle Siphuncle

What is the weight?

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Bone Daddy

It weighs 75 pounds, which is a bit heavy for one person to handle. But, I have a pickup truck, so hoisting it into the bed isn't as high or difficult as getting it on top of a car or SUV. I am also going to make an improvised wheely-dolly to help transport it from the truck to the ramp. 

It's this one : https://www.lifetime.com/lifetime-90436-kokanee-126-inch-tandem-sit-on-top-kayak-green-with-backrests

 



 

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Tidgy's Dad

Very nice! 

Here's to a successful trip in it very soon! :)

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digit
On 12/16/2018 at 10:32 AM, Bone Daddy said:

lots of space to stuff fossils.

I've seen your trip reports--you'll need the space. ;) Looking forward to seeing photos of it in the field. Let us know how it works for you and what you like (or don't) about it once you try it out.

 

On 12/16/2018 at 11:24 AM, minnbuckeye said:

I just retired last week

It's about time, Mike! No fossil in Minnesota is safe now that you have free time--well, after the 12 feet of winter snow melt. :P Welcome to the world of the intentionally unemployed--it's a great gig if you can get it. ;)

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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minnbuckeye
1 minute ago, digit said:

It's about time, Mike! No fossil in Minnesota is safe now that you have free time--

@ digit, Oh to the contraire. No fossil in Florida is safe, my son moved to Bradenton and I am spending more time in Florida during  my winters!!! Maybe we can meet sometime.

 

 Mike

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digit

Even better. Let us know when you are down. The Peace River was toying with being at a huntable level but recent rains pushed the river up over a foot and it is very slowly working through that load of water and dropping painfully slow to those who are itching to get a start to this fossil hunting season. Really need to see it nearly another 2 foot lower before I can get to one of my deeper spots. Luckily, I've got many bags of micro-matrix still waiting to be picked through for micro fossils. I could keep my self occupied for the better part of a year just sitting at my desk picking micro-matrix but the annual desire to go stand in a river is mounting. ;)

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Bone Daddy

There is a saying in the astronomy community : when somebody gets a new telescope, the clouds follow it.

 

Now, there should be a saying the paleontology community : when somebody gets a new boat, the rains follow it.

 

We went hunting a couple of times while the water was low last month. The minute this kayak was delivered, we've had one serious rain event and another one on the way tomorrow.

 

Looks like it will be after Xmas before this kayak goes fossil hunting.

 

Next year, my fossil-hunting partner is moving out of state. I may need a new part-time partner to fill on on those days where I want to hunt, but my wife is not up to going. This tandem kayak will make it easier for me to bring along a partner if they don't have their own boat. If I am in need of a hunting partner on future trips, I will post here.  :)

 

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digit

Tammy and I will be busy (as usual) but even more so these days as we're trying to get a house ready for sale and are still trying to find the perfect property up in Gainesville. I want to work (volunteer) more closely with the FLMNH and it would be lot easier if I were minutes away rather than 5 hours. ;) Keep us in mind if you are scraping the bottom of the barrel for hunting partners, we just might be free. :)

 

Let's hope the rains do finally end and we don't have a repeat of 2 seasons ago when we skipped the dry season entirely.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Bone Daddy
3 hours ago, digit said:

Tammy and I will be busy (as usual) but even more so these days as we're trying to get a house ready for sale and are still trying to find the perfect property up in Gainesville. I want to work (volunteer) more closely with the FLMNH and it would be lot easier if I were minutes away rather than 5 hours. ;) Keep us in mind if you are scraping the bottom of the barrel for hunting partners, we just might be free. :)

 

Let's hope the rains do finally end and we don't have a repeat of 2 seasons ago when we skipped the dry season entirely.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

 

Yeah, I hope these rains dry up soon. I got the fever and it's killing me to sit and watch this rain make the river rise. Gainesville is a good location. Close to the university as you said, and close to a lot of good creeks - just watch the water quality in some of those creeks because they are very polluted. You are not at the "bottom of the barrel" - LOL. The bottom of the barrel would be some random person from Facebook or something.

 

 

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Ludwigia

Have fun!

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Bone Daddy

I wrote a brief review of this kayak. There is nothing specific to fossil hunting in the review because it was intended for the reviews on the manufacturer's website.

 

For fossils, I would add that this kayak has a ton of cargo room on the open deck, especially when used in a solo configuration. There is also a ton of cargo room inside the hull which is accessible via two 6-inch hatches. There is plenty of space to haul a shovel, probe, sifter, and other necessary tools of the trade.

 

Review :
 

A quick review of the Lifetime “Kokanee” tandem kayak.

 

Model reviewed : 90436
Length : 10.5 feet
Width : 3 feet
Weight : 75 pounds
Material : HDPE plastic

 

Notable features : 5 scupper holes, two elastic strap-down decks, and two 6-inch hatches to access the inside of the hull. Note, older models of this kayak have two access hatches. The newest models only have the front hatch. Photos of this model on the web show both configurations. I was confused, so I emailed the manufacturer and they told me that the newer units being shipped now have one hatch, but some vendor websites are still showing the older model. If the number of hatches is important to you, you should contact your vendor and see which model they have in stock – the newer or older one.

 

I received this kayak as a Xmas gift. Once I got my hands on it, my first impression was good. On close inspection, the fit and finish is good. The quality of components seems good – although only time will tell when it comes to plastic.

 

The kayak is a tandem with a 425 pound weight capacity. It comes with two removeable seat backs and a place for a third seat to be added. It should be noted that the third seat option is not really a viable option. If a third person (even a small child) is sitting in that middle seat, then the person in the rear cannot paddle properly – the paddle will keep hitting the person in the third seat. So, unless your child likes getting hit repeatedly in the back of the head with the shaft of a paddle, I would suggest forgetting about the third seat and use that space for cargo instead.

 

Also worth noting is the amount of leg room in the rear seat. I am 6-foot-2 and I have just barely enough room to brace my feet without hitting the supports for the front seat. This is not an issue for me, but if you are over 6’2” tall, then you will want to consider a different tandem kayak that has more leg room for the rear paddler. If you aren’t a giant beanpole, then it’s not a problem.

 

One other minor issue – there is no molded cup holder for the rear seat. The front seat has one, but the rear seat does not. If you are like me and prefer to keep a drink handy, this is an annoyance, but not a deal-breaker. Since the middle third-seat is not a viable option, I am going to repurpose the third-seat mounting point into an accessory rail for a drink holder.

 

Hows does it track and handle? Very well. I was pleasantly surprised at how well this kayak tracks and how maneuverable it is. I could easily turn the kayak without any help from the front paddler and I had no problems keeping it straight, even when fighting a moderate current. The self-bailing scupper holes are also a nice touch – helping keep the deck free of puddles.

 

My wife and I had no problems carrying this kayak or handling it. I would recommend it for anyone who wants a tandem kayak at an affordable price that won’t break the bank. This kayak is offered by several “Big Box” vendors online. Prices vary widely, so shop around. Walmart.com was offering this model for $299, but they are sold out. The price on the manufacturer’s website is stated as $549.

 

 

 

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JarrodB

I have the single seat version of this kayak in the exact color. I love it. I"ve had it loaded down with rocks and it's still very stable.

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Bone Daddy
On 2/10/2019 at 10:18 AM, JarrodB said:

I have the single seat version of this kayak in the exact color. I love it. I"ve had it loaded down with rocks and it's still very stable.

The few times I have tried it out, I liked it. But, this winter has been so wet, that the rivers are too high for meaningful hunting. I should have used this kayak 10 or 20 times by now, instead of twice.  

 

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JarrodB
On 2/21/2019 at 5:02 PM, Bone Daddy said:

The few times I have tried it out, I liked it. But, this winter has been so wet, that the rivers are too high for meaningful hunting. I should have used this kayak 10 or 20 times by now, instead of twice.  

 

I feel your pain. I've only used mine 4 times.

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Bone Daddy

I've used it another two times on the Hillsborough River lately - just to scratch the outdoors itch. Paddled near Trout Creek last week. It was nice. No fossils there though. Just flooded cypress forest.

 

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