I chose the Watertribe pseudonym “CleanSlate” because, like many of us, I’m able to clean or clear my mind whenever I go sailing or kayaking. I find it a rejuvenating experience.
My first boat was a yellow Windrider 16 which I enjoyed for a few years. Eventually I wanted something a bit bigger to take the family on so I sold it and got a Hunter 216 cubby cabin sailboat. I enjoyed that as well. After a few years, though, I found myself using it less and less. When I did use it, I would typically take it out by myself. I finally decided to sell it and use the money to get something more in line with my original Windrider 16. I was watching with great interest both the new TRIAK as well as the Hobie Adventure and Tandem Island. The TRIAK appealed to me because back when I had my Windrider, I always wished it was in fiberglass. The Hobie Tandem Island appealed to me because I could still take my wife and/or sons out on it. I ultimately decided to take the plunge and get the TRIAK. See http://triaksports.com.
Now I just have to make that the right decision for me. I need to work out all the usability issues that make it easy and convenient to use the boat. I have a Yakima rack so to start with I got the Hully Rollers and the Mako Saddles to carry the new craft on top of my Ford Explorer.
[Edit. I’m not thrilled with the Hully Rollers with the Yakama setup. I find that even with the locking mechanism unlocked, they tend to bind up. I may end up just using all Mako saddles instead.]
Next up will be building a custom rack to store the boat.
Then I will do some boat upgrades and perhaps some aids to using the boat at or near docks and floating docks.