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Recreational kayaking with your WW kayak

Hey guys what gear do you use when going recreational kayaking? Say a calm lake while camping or just paddling around in a pond?

Do you put the skirt on or just use kayak and paddle? Or should you not use your WW kayak for recreational? Kind of an odd question, but I'm curious

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Why not?? You can use your river boat on the lake. Its just not as efficient. Lake boats tend to be longer with a keel that makes it easy to hold a straight line. They also use longer paddles with a stroke further away from the boat. River boats on a lake are a workout, thats all.

If you dont use a skirt, its harder to roll. But I have used my river boat in a lake without skirt.

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Doesn't matter. my decision is(was) generally based on how much access I need to the inside of my boat and how much paddling I am going to be doing (how much water I want dripping in my lap).

I have done multi day desert trips where I never put my skirt on because it was hot and the water in my lap felt good....but I have used a skirt to fish from my kayak in November when it was more comfortable because of the heat retained inside the boat.

Nowadays I usually just take the SUP if going to the lake and leave the boats at home.
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