This is my first post. Just recently bought my first Kayak (finally) after catching the bug some time back when we did the Murray Marathon with some guys from work in a couple of hire Trinidads. Had a wave ski for many years but mainly used it as a sit on kayak rather than to catch waves.
So, went for my first paddle in the Kodiak yesterday and found myself swimming more than kayaking! Sure it was rather rough with white caps and metre swell but figured the Kodiak was very stable.
Went out again today in even heavier swell (stayed close to shore) and it appears I'm getting better. Only fell out once or twice by accident, the other times were purposely done to attempt a roll. After about 6 attempts I'm yet to get there but the last time was promising. I think I lifted my head out of the water too early. I'm keen to master the roll while the water temps are still nice!
Anyway, I'm happy with the Kodiak and expect I will go into it nicely. Since I live on Westernport, I plan on getting further experience up my sleeve and then plan on a trip to French island.
Being so early in my kayaking experience, I'm keen not to make any major (permanent) mods until I gain some serious paddling time but I can already see the benefits of an electric bilge pump. I just can't bring myself to the idea of drilling a hole in a perfectly good hull. I figure if I wait long enough, my skills will eventually make the need for such a device unnecessary? Well hoping anyway.