My New Origami Kayak!

August 31st, 2015 in Around the Woodstove

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Well I have a new passion. I am becoming a kayaker and I bought one for myself! This was a hard decision. Kayak’s are heavy! I could not lift one up by myself and get it on top of my car. I wanted to be able to kayak on a whim, by myself if necessary. So I bought a kayak that folds up!…really!

My Oru Kayak is a Bay + model that I can fold up and put in the back of my car by myself. It weighs only 28 pounds. I can put it together on the beach in about 15 minutes…if I try to go faster I make mistakes. I think my timing will improve but speed is not the point here. The kayak handles beautifully. I have a PFD (personal flotation device…I did not know what those letter meant either), a skirt, oar, floats to give it a little more buoyancy if necessary, a dry bag and also a pack that it fits in if I wish to walk into a lake. I am totally set up!

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

To date I have just kayaked on Lake Wenatchee, twice alone and twice with friends. I have gone from Glacier View Campground and also the main beach at the state park. My Discover Pass allows me to park free at the state park, but at the campground using my golden age pass my cost is $3.50 (which means $7) for young people…

Ready to put in your car, carry to the beach and unfold

Ready to put in your car, carry to the beach and unfold

This whole experience of buying a kayak, learning to put it together and take it apart, and getting it into the water did not go smoothly for me. I think my personality got in the way. The first time I tried to put it together a actually broke one of the main parts! I was devasted! How could a little old lady do that kind of damage. I just went after it with too much zeal. My good friend Kelly actually built me a replacement part in metal that will never break! The company sent a replacement part also. I think I just did not understand the physics of the whole thing and put too much unnecessary stress in the wrong place. Things are much better now I am building confidence! I do need to take some lessons in the future, but kayaking is really fun.

Chris