Lightweight kayak for SF bay

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Re: Lightweight kayak for SF bay

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Hi Binghoko, welcome aboard!
I think you'll find some food for thought here. I'm interested in hearing your test results. You can also search for accounts of Oru use in tough conditions, I'm sure you'll find some blogs or Youtube videos.

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Re: Lightweight kayak for SF bay

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To Binghoko,
Don't be discouraged. I don't think anyone is saying an Oru kayak isn't safe in general. I would say it's more about you're particular model and the type of conditions you may use it in. There is no inherent flotation and, as Michael said, you will need full volume flotation bags. The deck is not water tight and the large cockpit does not accommodate a spray deck/skirt. You would quickly bog down in conditions where waves are washing over you. You said you were waiting for warmer water. Maybe that tells me that you already realize that your Oru wasn't meant for certain types of paddling. Knowing your limitations is a good thing.
Oru keeps expanding their fleet. They're certainly one of the quickest ways to get out on the water if you can't own a hard shell.
If you go to Oru in this forum, look up the posted comments of someone named Bullethead. He has a lot of good things to say about Oru and their durability. You should get a lot of pleasurable paddling from your new kayak.

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Re: Lightweight kayak for SF bay

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I would think of the Oru Beach LT as a 12 foot open, double-paddle canoe and confine its use to the more protected waters along the North Shore. There’s so much to see and experience in such semi-sheltered, along-shore waters that you’re not likely to be bored. My personal experience with open water paddling has too often been that it is either boring or terrifying and sometimes both. I think you’ve made a good choice in the Beach LT; it's light, easy to assemble and versatile. Enjoy!

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Re: Lightweight kayak for SF bay

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just popped up on craigslist for sf bay https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/boa/d/ ... 43305.html
Work keeps getting in the way of kayaking, SUP, windsurf, bike and fiddling in the garage activity.

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Re: Lightweight kayak for SF bay

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Work keeps getting in the way of kayaking, SUP, windsurf, bike and fiddling in the garage activity.

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Re: Lightweight kayak for SF bay

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Hi Ozzy, I’m just noticing this post.

I lived in Sausalito and paddled my Folbot Kiawah there for a number of years, it was pretty ideal for the area and also probably a good fit for you at your size. I had a studio on the waterfront and I just left it set up most of the time and carried it across the street and plopped it in the water to paddle.

They’re both good exercise and good transportation there although it depends on where you are going. RIchardson bay and east bay are very nice, but be mindful of the SFbay, it can be tricky and dangerous with strong winds and currents and cold water. Getting flushed out of the bay under the bridge by a strong tide isn’t fun.

I still have the Kiwah in a storage unit in Boulder although I have since moved to Croatia and only brought the Cooper. I might be persuaded to part with the Kiawah and at 38 pounds it could be shipped to you easily. It’s a 2011 complete with rudder, skirt, cover, paddle etc. Let mw know if it’s interesting to you.

Best, -Lawrence

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