It finally arrived today! And it followed me home! Nov 24, 2015 21:11:41 GMT -5 solaregg, klag, and 1 more like this
Post by p_rod on Nov 24, 2015 21:11:41 GMT -5
The kayak I ordered back sometime in August was delivered to The Outside World today by Jeff and John, two of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet.
It's been a wait, but for me, I knew that going in and the big day finally arrived! I am very excited about this boat, although the Native Ultimate 12 that is hanging on the garage wall didn't seem to share my enthusiasm. Hell, she's seen four other kayaks come and go over the years but always retained her top spot in the garage. With near a thousand, or maybe more 'trips' on her, I think she deserves a little rest.
No, she is not rigged, yet.
No, I am not going to burn the midnight oil tonight to do it.
Yes, I am paddling tomorrow but am not taking anything to fish with. Just me, the new yak, a PADDLE and PFD, my compass, and that's about it. (Well, maybe a short crappie rig ;-) But no sonar, no hefty tackle bag...I am just going out to get familiar with this new boat....and to get it clocked by an app on my phone. After having a Tarpon 120 and two Native Manta Rays that were just shy of 15 feet, you should know by now I Like fast boats. The U12, however, is not fast....even down a river that barrels along at 15 mph, she'd only do about 3! Those days are over.
Thanks for the patience..... now it's time for some pictures! My rigging pics will come later this week.....tonight is to just chill and rest up for the maiden voyage of her tomorrow. She doesn't have a name, yet....that will come.
My thanks to Jeff and John for the delivery today (not to mention the other 26 boats we unloaded.....my hernia is still "thanking" them for that! Good guys, great company!
Just off the truck, put where she wouldn't get dinged.
I brought her home still wrapped!
She was very well wrapped for her trip and arrived with barely a mark on her. She'll probably get more on her first voyage than on her creation and trip to GA.
It took a little while to unwrap. Even with judicious use of a very sharp knife, it always pays to take your time when unwrapping a kayak, (especially when it is YOUR kayak!) .
Any ideas what it is yet? Hang in there....you will know shortly.
I need to get a message to Wayne and Josh for doing a superb job of putting my boat together. I have been seeing these stickers on a lot of their boats recently...and it just adds a personal touch that other manufacturers could learn from. I will remove it before paddling off tomorrow....but it will be saved.
OK, here's a dead giveaway of the manufacturer........
Here she is...you are seeing the FIRST Jackson Kilroy LT that was released....and this came from their brand new building of just over 300,000 square feet that isn't even fully open yet. The new "shop" is about 7 miles from the original shop...and won't be fully open and functional until just after the New Year. I am going to go up there in the next couple of weeks to check it all out.
Out of her packaging!
The front hard deck was a major surprise to me. I figured it would be just the usual black plastic decking as used on the regular Kilroys, and this amazed me when I unwrapped her. A total and very pleasing surprise! Oh, I forgot to tell you she weighs somewhere between 15 and 20 pounds LESS than the standard polypropylene Kilroy, and it is about a foot longer, just one inch below 13 feet. (Weighs about 45-48 pounds-the weights vary a tad on the site as she "morphed" from drawing board to reality. I'll scale her out tomorrow on my electronic scales here and will have a more accurate weight tomorrow. But for a fishing/hunting kayak to weight that little is amazing....most are 70-120 pounds nowadays.
So that's it for now, guys! I'll have more for you in the coming days. I am planning to get a little slime on her Thanksgiving morning...but tomorrow, I intend on just a familiarization cruise with her. It is supposed to be a little windy tomorrow (my favorite!) and since this is a sit-in yak, I expect I'l be warmer and drier than on my old sit-ons.
I've never had high/low seating so I intend to try out both positions tomorrow. I will also have to work on launching and retrieving her from concrete ramps without dragging her....which is a no-no for thermoformed ABS boats. You cannot really harm them with a hammer, but dragging them along concrete, asphalt, oyster beds (that's not going to happen), etc, is not good for them over the long haul. So some minor tweaks in my launch and recovery techniques are in order. No big deal at all.
I will let you know how she paddles sometime tomorrow.