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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:05 am 
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As a general rule of thumb, an average kayaker of moderate experience and moderate Phen375 Review strength, paddling in a calm sea in a standard plastic 5 metre long, 60 cm beam (wide) kayak without much cargo, can sustain a speed of 3 knots (roughly 5.5 kilometres per hour) for long stretches of time.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:41 pm 
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I have, multiple times, paddled my Folbot Greenland II over 10 miles at an average speed of 3mph with moderate effort - what I call my leisurely cadence.
That's running virtually empty so wetted surface is minimized.
Fully loaded I doubt I could sustain much over 2mph.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:07 pm 
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jaygee wrote:
Gentlemen, thank you for your very informative comments - that is precisely the kind of information I was looking for. This is a great forum!

I guess I will have to get serious about looking for a longer boat, although I really hate to give up the comfort and convenience of my little Airframe.

My short list at this point consists of the Advanced Elements Ultra light, basically the same boat as mine, but 13' long (but I'm not convinced I would get a siginficant inrease in speed with this boat), the Puffin Swift at 14', or the Puffin II, also at 14'. I think the Swift would definitely be the faster of the two Puffins, correct? I would also consider one of the FCs, but it would have to be a used one at a price point of the Puffins.

What else would warrant consideration?

Since I'm not a "cold weather paddler", paddling season for me doesn't start again until about next Apr/May, so I have lots of time to find something.

Again, thank you for your very helpful comments.

I'm new to kayaking and have just got a used Feathercraft Aironaut and I think it would be cool to see how fast I'm going.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:21 am 
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jaygee wrote:
Gentlemen, thank you for your very informative comments - that is precisely the kind of information I was looking for. This is a great forum!

I guess I will have to get serious about looking for a longer boat, although I really hate to give up the comfort and convenience of my little Airframe.

My short list at this point consists of the Advanced Elements Ultra light, basically the same boat as mine, but 13' long (but I'm not convinced I would get a siginficant inrease in speed with this boat), the Puffin Swift at 14', or the Puffin II, also at 14'. I think the Swift would definitely be the faster of the two Puffins, correct? I would also consider one of the FCs, but it would have to be a used one at a price point of the Puffins.

What else would warrant consideration?

Since I'm not a "cold weather paddler", paddling season for me doesn't start again until about next Apr/May, so I have lots of time to find something.

Again, thank you for your very helpful comments.

How are you guys tracking your speed?
I'm new to kayaking and have just got a used Feathercraft Aironaut
and I think it would be cool to see how fast I'm going.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:31 pm 
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Most folks seem to use GPS to track their point to point positions and then calculate based on time. Since I mostly paddle rivers that are fairly straight, I just keep track of my launch and takeout times (minus lunch stop and other stops) and divide that into the known mileages from point to point.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:57 pm 
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I gauged over 6 MPH in a Nautiraid Greenlander, the early one with 19 inch beam. I only went a few miles but was surprised at the speed since I didn't really exert myself.


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