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Maiden Voyage For The Tesla
« on: May 31, 2017, 01:44:13 PM »
A while back I picked up a 10 year old Necky Tesla from Sam (selling for a third party).  The hull was in great shape.  I replaced the neoprene hatch covers and picked up a spray skirt for it.  Added some bungee cord and gave it a good cleaning.  I still need to rework the rudder system.  This was my first time in a sit inside kayak.  It took a little getting used to, but so far, so good.  It cuts through the water nicely.  It has plenty of storage space for a camping trip.  Getting in and out of it will take some getting used to.






















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Re: Maiden Voyage For The Tesla
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2017, 01:47:37 PM »
Great pics! One day your footprints will be fossilized along with those tracks. :D Raccoon?

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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2017, 02:00:23 PM »
That's great!

When we get into our whitewater kayaks we place the paddle behind the cockpit, one blade on the sand or bottom, hands on either side, scootch in,  and then snap the skirt on.  It's really stable that way.
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Re: Maiden Voyage For The Tesla
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2017, 02:58:22 PM »
Nice looking yak and great pics.  I bet that thing does slice through the water.
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Re: Maiden Voyage For The Tesla
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2017, 03:37:21 PM »
Nice Crash!  Gotta love a view from the water.  Anything that gets that for you is a good thing.  I'd say you are on your way to a nice craft to add to your fleet.
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Re: Maiden Voyage For The Tesla
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2017, 05:32:21 PM »
Is it stable? That's an awesome place to paddle.

I called about one like that and the owner talked himself out of a sale. kept going on and on about how he and his wife were unable to paddle anywhere without tipping over. Even went on to say it's nearly impossible to get in. He offered to let me take it out on the river to try. I wish I did but he convinced me it wasn't what I wanted!!
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Re: Maiden Voyage For The Tesla
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2017, 05:38:54 PM »
While paddling it was plenty stable.  When I used the paddle to turn hard it wanted to bank into the turn.  That was easy enough to counter by shifting a little in the seat, and should be a non issue when I re-do the rudder system and can use that.

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Re: Maiden Voyage For The Tesla
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2017, 09:07:38 PM »
Is the boat's whole hull made from fiberglass or a two-part combination of plastic and fiberglass?   It sure looks like a good cruiser.....lots of glide with minimal effort.  The older I get, the better I like that feature. 8)
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« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2017, 10:20:33 PM »
Crashdive123, where do you keep your paddle float and pump for self rescue?  I didn't see them in your pictures.

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Re: Maiden Voyage For The Tesla
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2017, 05:46:29 AM »
Is the boat's whole hull made from fiberglass or a two-part combination of plastic and fiberglass?   It sure looks like a good cruiser.....lots of glide with minimal effort.  The older I get, the better I like that feature. 8)

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Re: Maiden Voyage For The Tesla
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2017, 05:48:30 AM »
Crashdive123, where do you keep your paddle float and pump for self rescue?  I didn't see them in your pictures.

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Paddle floats.  Bailing device along with quite a few other items were not shown.  I take safety very seriously.

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Re: Maiden Voyage For The Tesla
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2017, 07:36:44 AM »

Paddle floats.  Bailing device along with quite a few other items were not shown.  I take safety very seriously.

Awesome!  I  was worried for a moment. :)

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Re: Maiden Voyage For The Tesla
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2017, 01:41:24 PM »
Great looking boat Crash, congrats.

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Re: Maiden Voyage For The Tesla
« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2017, 07:16:34 PM »
Does this mean you'll be making PFD vest knives?  8)

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Re: Maiden Voyage For The Tesla
« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2017, 03:12:00 AM »
No name yet.  I've been toying around with the idea of making some titanium knives.

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Re: Maiden Voyage For The Tesla
« Reply #15 on: June 02, 2017, 05:00:12 AM »
My first dedicated boat knife was for whitewater.  It was a Techna titanium skeleton in a snap lock hard plastic sheath.  All the cool kids had them mounted upside down on their pfd.  Lost it pretty much the first run on Chattooga section 4.
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Re: Maiden Voyage For The Tesla
« Reply #16 on: June 02, 2017, 07:57:50 AM »
As I recall, there's a Bear recurve that got tossed off a cliff and into the drink on that section of the Cahulawassee, too........or is my memory failing me? :shrug: :canoe:
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« Reply #17 on: June 02, 2017, 08:29:04 AM »
Man there are so many stories about that area.  It's really a cool place to visit.  Just don't poke your nose down the wrong road.
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Re: Maiden Voyage For The Tesla
« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2017, 06:09:51 PM »
so is that the area you  got the palmwood from?
any how nice pics as usual . oh hows the fishing there?

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Re: Maiden Voyage For The Tesla
« Reply #19 on: June 09, 2017, 02:52:08 AM »
Sweet ride Crash. Check out making your own Greenland paddle for it. It would help more than you think on those windy days in open water. Maybe this year will be the one we can get organized on another multi day trip down any of these rivers around here.

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Re: Maiden Voyage For The Tesla
« Reply #20 on: June 09, 2017, 06:20:56 PM »
I'll check out the Greenland paddle.  Would love to do a multi day trip any time.

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Re: Maiden Voyage For The Tesla
« Reply #21 on: June 19, 2017, 03:50:20 PM »
Happy that the Tesla is working out for you.  Very nice to see it actually being used.  I believe I mentioned that though it was 10 years old, it had never been in the water!  Fast and stable,  and a learning curve for getting in and out.   Sounds like a great way to play on the water this summer.    :)