has anyone here done this? I'm thinking of beach launching off of the florida atlantic coast, but I need a paddle boat for it. I was thinking a mad river canoe might be a good choice but all i ever see are kayak fisherman
I would pick a Mad River Monarch.
We will be leaving soon to paddle on Lake Superior. Have done that in a tandem canoe but this time chose a kayak and a sea canoe (the Monarch). Easier to deal with swells when the ends are comparatively light and the paddler in the middle of the craft.
So far it worked well on a three day trip in Muscongus Bay.. We had comfort gear too. I hope it has enough capacity as my mate is paddling a low volume Greenland style kayak. Guess who gets the bigger stuff?
Got a spray cover. But we may have to flip the boat over anyway. I am not sure I can get all the food in hard sided containers. We will be in known pest bear country where there have been attacks.
my mate is paddling a low volume Greenland style kayak.
Of course, you have to go out in mild conditions, watch the weather carefully, and know how to handle a canoe in wind and waves. And don't go out any further than you can swim safely to shore -- considering the weather, the water temperature, how you're dressed, how old you are, and your physical condition.
Does the kayak have sealed bulkheads? I know folks who use their kayak hatches for food (and sometimes water) critter protection, and who for that very reason do not drill a tiny air pressure vent hole in the bulkhead.
I occasionally carry excess/starter foods in soft containers or dry bags, but I eat through that first and hang it in camp; I wouldn’t want to dispute ownership with a bear that was grubbing under the decks of my Monarch.
A 30L or even 60L blue barrel will fit behind the seat in the Monarch, although the 60 leaves zero room for trim adjustment. The 30L allows for about a foot of fore or aft adjustment.
I use a couple of these squat (_) barrels in lieu of the 30L on no-portage trips.
Those fit under the decks much better than a \_/ shaped screw-top bucket and allow for easier trim adjustment, especially on trips where I’m carrying all of my potable water and give that weight priority placement near the center of the hull.
The Monarch is pretty benign in most wind and wave conditions, but it is trim sensitive in following seas and the ability to shift gear weight without repacking the entire hull is helpful.
Mike I have had ruddered boats before and don't really care for them. I agree rolling them over on land is an invitation to break the rudder. I plan to find a piece of driftwood to roll under the upside down hull to keep the rudder off rocks and sand. Lake Superior always has lots of driftwood. Whether I can find a piece that weighs less than a ton remains to be seen.