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  • #4468
    vtotic
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    Dear Friends,
    Does any one has any experience how to bring my kayak oversee on relatively cheap way. I have Vibe-Necky and some people told me that I could present it as surf board .
    If any of you have any direct experience I would love to hear from you.

    In Peace
    Vinko

    #28835
    TracyN
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    I’m afraid my experience is indirect. However I know of a local paddler who frequently flies from the US to Canada. She has a Jackson Star and packs it in a bag and declares it is a surf board or a water toy.
    kayakoutfitting.com sells "spud boat bags"

    #28836
    stefano
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    Just don’t fly Air Canada…

    I don’t know where you are going, but a lot of airlines don’t care what your luggage is – British Airways will take a kayak as regular luggage – as long as it’s within allowed numbers and weight. I know that several other airlines will as well, but you can’t go wrong with BA if you’re heading east from Canada.

    #28837
    PrincessLeah
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    [quote:2hhgavu1]She has a Jackson Star and packs it in a bag and declares it is a surf board or a water toy.
    kayakoutfitting.com sells "spud boat bags"[/quote:2hhgavu1]

    Does anyone know if boat and paddle bags are available from a Canadian distributor?

    Leah

    #28838
    Stevep
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    "vtotic":2qm7lrqe wrote:
    Dear Friends,
    Does any one has any experience how to bring my kayak oversee on relatively cheap way. I have Vibe-Necky and some people told me that I could present it as surf board .
    If any of you have any direct experience I would love to hear from you.

    In Peace
    Vinko[/quote:2qm7lrqe]

    The slalom paddlers do this frequently, and its much harder for the slalom boats as they are longer and more fragile. Air Canada can be a hassle – and we usually use the "its a river boat" line rather than say kayak. Sometimes AC refuses to allow as luggage and sends us to Cargo when cost is a factor of dimensions and weight, and can get expensive (over $200)

    Most European airlines much more sympathetic. Westjet will allow a boat for a small fee (I think 40-75) depending on whether it counts as 2nd piece of luggage.

    Good idea to have a boat bag.

    #28839
    janew
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    On a flight to Nepal (2000) , I wrapped up my kayak (Necky Jive at the time) in a tarp, tried to balance out the bumps with other gear, duct taped the hell out of it and called it a surf board. They took it. I think I was flying Air Cda to Vancouver and then Singapore airlines the rest of the way. I’ve also flown to Vancouver the same way (2004), wrapped the kayak up in a kayak bag (Riot Booster) and called it a surf board, I think I was also on Air Cda. This was all before the serious clampdown of luggage that is going on today.
    There are great cockpit mesh bags available, that fit in the cockpit of your kayak and hold your gear in place inside the boat – if they don’t take the boat, you just pull the bage out and check it, at least you’ll have your gear!
    Good luck.

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