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Thursday, March 06, 2003

Tom Fink writes us:

I got a nice reply from Jay Mengel who answered my reply on his rates. This info. would be good to post on the website if anyone wanted to have their kayaks transported to the barrier islands, including maybe even the Chandeleur Islands (one of my favorite places). I am sure Jan Mengel would be pleased to have his rates posted for potential future business.

And the enclosed e-mail from Jay Mengel reads as follows:

For day trips out to the islands, I simply charge by the hour. Since there is no difference in cost for one or several people, my $75/hour fee, spread out between several folks makes for a relatively inexpensive trip.

For drop-off and pick-up for folks who wish to stay a while or even camp for a while, the cost is $90/person with a $270 minimum.

I have taken a group of birders to the Chandeleurs. The trip out took about 4 hours as did the trip back. We spent several hours exploring the islands and went south far enough to see the black mangroves. These folks paid by the hour.

We would have to look at the kayaks to determine how many I could take out. The kayaks we have been using are short (12') and can all be tied onto the deck of the boat. Your longer sea kayaks my take some interesting engineering to figure out how to transport them on my 23' boat and still carry the kayakers. Maybe they would tow. We'd have to look at it. I'm sure we can figure out a way.
--(end e-mail from Jay Mengel)--

(As you know, Jay Mengel did a great presentation on the Pascagoula River Alliance and paddling opportunities in south Mississippi at our club meeting last Tuesday. His e-mail address is weebegon@bellsouth.net.)