weekend purchase

This is what I bought on Sunday. A not-so-brand new kayak.

It's a Riot Booster 60. This is a picture of it in my storage shed in my back yard. As you can see, it's home to many things. The kayak is perched on my riding mower and rake storage rack. You're not supposed to store kayaks on the ground so I have mine suspended upside down to prevent oilcanning. I took it down for the pictures.

The Booster line comes in several sizes and 60 is the biggest. You could say that it's the fat man version--but please don't say it around me. I'm sensitive, y'know?

This is a picture of the bottom of the Riot. You can see a lot of scratches. That's the life of a whitewater kayak. They scrape a lot of rocks as they shoot down rivers. Poor little kayaks.

Getting back to the size of the kayak, actually it's only partly that I'm big--it's also due to kayaking being a small person sport. Kayaks are built for people around 5'4" to 5'10" and under 170 pounds. Small feet also are good since your legs get stuck in the itty bitty nose.

I'm 6 feet tall, weigh 214 pounds and have size 11 feet. I don't fit in your average kayak.

Of course that might be all me rationalizing. LOL

This picture is the front of the kayak from up close. I like it because it makes the kayak look all sleek and high tech.

Comments

Michelle said…
Nice color, very fancy!
Claire said…
That looks like a nice Kayak...I think I might have felt safer the one time I went had it been more like yours and less like the one we had!
Diane Mandy said…
Looks as if you'll have tons of fun in you not-so-new purchase. Even makes me wish I were more the outdoor type. I blogged outside a cafe Saturday on my no-longer-new Ipaq. Does that count as outdoorsy?
Teresa said…
Interesting post, Dave. I don't know anything about kayaks, so it was informative.

I'll go along with you that the size isn't necessary because you are too heavy. You are too old to fold yourself into a tiny one. You've managed so far in your life, but you just aren't as nimble as you used to be. Age gracefully and go for bigger. :-)
netchick said…
Cool new equipment, Dave! I hope you have many, many hours of enjoyment in it... Looks like fun.

I've gotta try that sport someday. Rowing keeps me awfully busy, though.
sassyassy said…
I like the new look--classy!

Cute kayak.
Carol said…
Love the new look of your blog. When camping near the Ocoee River in TN last fall, we watched some kayakers, and it was fascinating! The outfits, the kayaks. There were hundreds of them on the river that day since it was the last day for the dam to be open for the season (I THINK that's what the ranger folks told us). Anyway - lots of people on the river. It looks like a fun sport.
Lish said…
It looks nice. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
Chas Ravndal said…
I like the colour since I don't know much about kayaks though.
Toryssa said…
Here from Michelle, hello!

The very idea of a kayak scares the pants off me. But the people that I know that aren't scared, have a GREAT time! Enjoy your new one!
Great looking kayak! And your blog looks great too! I used to do lots of white water rafting when I lived in W.Va. What fun. Enjoy your new toy!
Lora said…
Enjoy!
Michael Manning said…
That is a great looking Kayak! Reminded me of a book I read as a kid called "North to Adventure". Awesome!
Ditsy Chick said…
WOW! I like the new template.

I have always wanted to kayak, but I never did learn the sport. I do canoe and I enjoy that....

I took your advice and joined Blog Explosion. I just entered my first Battle of the Blogs....keep your fingers crossed.
utenzi said…
Denice, thank you very much. It's nice to see your new template also. It's fun to play with something new.

Thanks, Michael.
mar said…
congrats on your not-so-brand new kayak. Getting ready for spring time, right? Nice to see further changes on your template! here via Michele's today.
Carmi said…
This is one nice watercraft: makes me want to get out on the river that snakes through our town. Whenever I'm riding my bike on the riverside path network, I can't help but stop and drink in the sight of passing kayaks, canoes, and whatever else folks are paddling.

It's so peaceful to watch.
Plumkrazzee said…
COOL template! I really like it! Michele sent me this a.m. Happy weekend!
Ash said…
Here via Michele's and I finally got in!
Nice Kayak! And I think the cat template is very cute :)
Prego said…
Awesome.

A few years ago, my friend Marcel bought one of those two-man crew sculls. He made me go with him a couple times. Grueling work out, and the water in we paddled in stank like sewage.

By the way, thanks for your comment on my blog. You made a valid point. I think some people misunderstood my intent and got offended.
p
poopie said…
I watched kayakers on the Ocoee too. It looks like amazing fun...all I did was raft and loved it.
jac said…
one of these days....i'm gonna try that kayaking thing. love the kayak! here from michele's and i like your new template too!
rocks said…
Nice looking kayak...well, I don't know much about kayaking, but it always seemed like fun and this one is just so dang fancy/high-tech looking.

I like the new look (I do like the woof page too, you need to trade out once-in-a-while)
Have fun with your new toy!!
~jen
Electric Short said…
now that looks like fun! Here from Micheles
timruns said…
fyi -- i am a tall kayaker (6'1") with big feet (size 12) as well. The booster is noce, but if you want to look at other boats, you might check out the Super Star or 4Fun from Jackson. Plenty of room. Throw a couple loops for me! I paddle up here in the Northwest, but if you are ever near Hood River, OR (or Portland) there are hundreds of us paddlers always itchin' to be paddlin'.
Enjoy the boat!
Tim

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