Hey, The Citibōt Really Does Work In The City

Yesterday was a good example of how well the Citibot works in a urban setting (and we didn’t even get wet).

Tony and I were attending a media event in Manhattan — at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. He was staying overnight in Brooklyn and I was staying in a northern suburb. We each had a Citibot.

Q. So, how hard was it to get the kayaks to “The Crossroads of the World?”

A. Really, really easy.

Tony rode the subway — three different trains with two transfers to Times Square. I took the commuter rail (the pack fit on the overhead rack) and then strapped the pack on at Grand Central Terminal and walked across town to Times Square. Piece of cake!

Here is a shot of our table being set up. How often do you get to see a kayak in the Astor Ballroom? I bet they are wondering today how they got scuff marks on the ceiling.

David A.

7 thoughts on “Hey, The Citibōt Really Does Work In The City

  1. Shhhhhhh. Don’t let the secret out! Experiencing the water while in the big city is easier than anyone could imagine. I recently took my foldable TRAK kayak to the Hudson… from my hotel to the water within 10 minutes… all via the subway. You can’t do that with a rigid boat.

  2. An easy to assemble, sub 30# folder is a great way to get waterbourne almost anywhere. In the urban environment there are fascinating waterways accessible from put-ins that you can’t even get to by car but might be a short walk away ffrom a train or bus stop. Too bad the Citibot is just a little too wide for me. C’mon Folbot stretch it out to 11 feet and skinny it to 28 inches and, for sure, keep it under 30 pounds. That would be sooo cool! A boat like that might get more use than my 18′ hardshell.

  3. John… have you paddled a Citibot? It paddles like a much narrower kayak and can even be rolled. The first word out of the mouth of just about every experienced kayaker who has paddled it is “wow.” 🙂

    • I haven’t had the opportunity to paddle the Citibot but I did see a Youtube of someone assembling and paddling it. In the video, the boat seemed to waddle and appeared very inefficient but perhaps the paddler was using too long a paddle. A short boat with that much beam might do much better with a shorter paddle and a high angle stroke. I’ve been paddling all kinds of kayaks for the past 20 years and I love the concept of a lightweight, easily assembled boat. Outside of stability, I can’t see the reason for the 34″ beam. Of course, a short boat with a too narrow beam will be unstable but if the Citibot could be “skinnied down” to about 28″ it would be a terrific boat, light and spontaneous [and I’d buy one!].

  4. The waggle in the video you saw was because of a low angle paddle stroke. If that had been a higher angle, the waggle would be much less. It is a short kayak, so some waggle will likely occur. Take one for a paddle and see what you think!

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