Last weekend Ken and I took a quick over-nighter to get a feel for Seaward Kayaks’ Quest X3 which we’ll be taking to Alaska as part of Secrets of Augustine project. For this particular test we headed out to Eagle Island which is a nice little State Marine Park nestled in the channel between Anderson Island and McNeil Island. To get a better feel for the boats we decided to circumnavigate McNeil. While we were on the North side of the island I was surprised to find a boat come out to run us off. The prison has been closed for some time so I’m not sure on who’s authority he was acting…in fact, when we asked him who he was working for he artfully dodge the question in the most polite way. We were happy to oblige his request but I have to admit I’d love to know more about the ‘how’ he can run us off when at this point.
In addition to the kayaks performance I was very curious to see how much of my filming gear I’d be able to stow in the sleek 19’ craft.
Seaward Quest X3
We’ll give a full run down on the boats after we’ve lived in them this summer, but I can say that I’m exceedingly pleased as this point and down right giddy on the amount of gear I was able to stow away; doesn’t hurt that she’s a very fast and well behaved boat either!
Here’s a short film on the packing and first paddle. Oh, and before I forget, we also took advantage of the calm winds to put Ken on the controls of the DJI Phantom and get our first ‘over water’ footage.