Pungo 140 it is

Went on a rainy Friday to pick up my new Pungo 140 in Mango. Thanks to the crew at Trailhead for helping with my shopping.

I decided on the Pungo after lots of consideration. I wanted something longer, with more glide and cargo that my Juntos. I also wanted a sit-inside to stretch my paddling season more into the spring and fall when the water is cold. With the sit-on-top I was always pumping a little bit of water through the scuppers and it would make it very cold as the river cooled off. I tried sitting in a number of boats over the winter and the Pungo offered the best combination of comfortable access, speed and cargo. Once the current weather improves (it is snowing, in mid-May) I’m going to take it for its first test drive.

End of kayaking season 2016

With the arrival of snow yesterday I’ve decided the end of the sit-on-top kayak season. The Rideau river has cooled off significantly and it is getting uncomfortable when the water sprays up. It has been a really nice season and I’m looking forward to getting back on the water at ice-out next spring. I’m shopping for a new hull over the winter to carry more cargo and glide a little faster than my current boat. Current front runners are:

  • Perception Carolina 14
  • Wilderness Systems Tsunami 175
  • Boreal Designs Epsilon C300

I’ve tried all three on the water and they each bring a different strength to the table. It’ll be interesting to see which wins in the end.