just wondering what most people here think is the ideal length for a one person touring Kayak
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Posted by: jcbikeski on Sep-04-12 4:41 PM (EST)
some key things to consider though are how far you hope to paddle, whether and how much you need to pack for multi-day trips and what conditions you paddle (moving water, calm lakes, rough open waters, etc.) and finally your own size (there are often scaled down version of larger boats that are ideal for those shorter than average).
One other thing|
Posted by: kelvin1 on Sep-04-12 6:44 PM (EST)
If you are paddling with other people don't get something too different to what they have.
yeah, I discovered that|
Posted by: climbnride58 on Sep-05-12 5:41 PM (EST)
I was kayaking in my nine foot, and friends had fourteeners. It wore me out trying to keep up.
in general, shorter kayaks|
Posted by: tetonjohn on Sep-05-12 6:12 PM (EST)
Try a Conduit 13.|
Posted by: adnelson on Sep-06-12 3:42 PM (EST)
From Dick's. Do some research. I have found it to be the best kayak for me. It may not be the best kayak out there, but for the price it can't be beat.
Question on the Conduit 13...|
Posted by: NewbTastic on Sep-06-12 4:46 PM (EST)
Posted by: adnelson on Sep-07-12 9:42 PM (EST)
It has a pretty large cockpit, and the (I don't know if they are knee or thigh) pads extend down into the inside so that if you want they can be used as thigh braces, but if you get cramped, you can bring you knees up.
Posted by: NewbTastic on Sep-07-12 9:55 PM (EST)
Thanks, Nelson. =]
Posted by: ADNelson on Sep-08-12 9:27 AM (EST)
no experience on the ocean or a large lake, so I shouldn't say anything, but it has very good secondary and initial stability, and I would be comfortable trying it in 1-2 foot swell. Not sure about the open ocean, but I don't think so.
Posted by: NewbTastic on Sep-04-12 8:08 PM (EST)
The OP's question can't be answered *well* without more info.
13 ft 6 inches|
Posted by: tsunamichuck1 on Sep-04-12 6:25 PM (EST)
well, second choice|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Sep-04-12 7:54 PM (EST)
The Pamlico comes in both a 13' 6" and 14' 6" model, and both are just awesome for any use, whether as a single or a double.
Posted by: tsunamichuck1 on Sep-04-12 8:32 PM (EST)
if serious, something to read|
Posted by: tetonjohn on Sep-04-12 6:50 PM (EST)
seems like good advice|
Posted by: jcbikeski on Sep-04-12 6:59 PM (EST)
I often echo the advice of getting the car rack first so you can easily rent from other than just the waterfront places. And if on a budget buying used is a way better idea than buying cheap new.
Parameters, Constraints, Boundaries|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Sep-04-12 7:50 PM (EST)
Same questions applies to bikes concerning :
Under 16 feet.|
Posted by: Cliffjrs on Sep-04-12 7:57 PM (EST)
Our kayak shed is 16 feet long. ;-)
Posted by: Waterbird on Sep-05-12 6:50 PM (EST)
This is a personal choice. I don't like to store, load, or transport long or heavy kayaks. It also depends on the conditions, whether flat or rough.
Posted by: LeeG on Sep-05-12 7:28 PM (EST)
Posted by: jcbikeski on Sep-05-12 9:26 PM (EST)
a kayak that inclues a piece of pi
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Sep-05-12 7:38 PM (EST)
Gotta love that|
Posted by: jcamry98 on Sep-06-12 11:01 PM (EST)
Kajaksport Artissan Millenium, don'tcha? I know that I DO!!
Posted by: old_user on Sep-06-12 2:10 PM (EST)
Some of that depends on the seas/conditions you paddle, your size/weight, etc.
Posted by: PHILIPJEDLICKA on Sep-06-12 4:53 PM (EST)
17 to 19ft and no wider than 22.5".
two thumbs up! (nm)|
Posted by: tvcrider on Sep-07-12 12:58 PM (EST)
Longer than it is wide. |
Posted by: ezwater on Sep-06-12 5:34 PM (EST)
Curves are nice|
Posted by: LeeG on Sep-06-12 9:15 PM (EST)
For me it's 19'-2"|
Posted by: magooch on Sep-07-12 10:29 AM (EST)
When I first got into kayaking, I could never have imagined me having such a boat, but now I can't imagine ever being without it. NC Expedition.
mostly inland waterways|
Posted by: climbnride58 on Sep-07-12 3:21 PM (EST)
99% of what I do/would be doing is on lakes.
Ideal for what?|
Posted by: jimyaker on Sep-07-12 4:13 PM (EST)
You said Touring Kayak, but you didn't really say what you want from the kayak. Do you want to cover a lot of distance? Camp from it? Fish from it? Take photos from it? Race it? Take it out on open seas?
Posted by: climbnride58 on Sep-17-12 1:24 AM (EST)
camping or long day trips
Posted by: NewbTastic on Sep-17-12 1:44 AM (EST)
Sounds like you want an expedition boat then.
The Great Lakes?|
Posted by: PHILIPJEDLICKA on Sep-07-12 5:44 PM (EST)
The Great Lakes, where i do 99% of my kayaking have sunk a lot of big ships and can be just as challenging as the ocean ( minus tides and dangerous sea creatures).
my own preference|
Posted by: willowleaf on Sep-16-12 1:32 AM (EST)
Having owned 10 solo kayaks from 9' to 18' (and every length in between) I can state that the two I use and like the best (and find most versatile) are both around 15' long and 22" wide. Nice balance of speed and maneuverability in everything from rough lake and coastal waters to flat rivers and lakes and even up to mild Class II streams. I can keep up with any of my paddling buddies in longer boats and have a lot of fun on my own.
Correct kayak length|
Posted by: rnsparky on Sep-17-12 12:53 PM (EST)
corresponds to the weight one person can car load or carry to water by themself.
Posted by: slushpaddler on Sep-17-12 1:02 PM (EST)
You should be asking yourself that question.
Posted by: roanguy on Sep-17-12 3:40 PM (EST)
17 or 18 feet long unless you are a short person. then 15 or 16 feet long.
Posted by: ppine on Sep-17-12 5:00 PM (EST)
Somewhere between 15 and 18 feet.
14 feet is the best for races|
Posted by: FrankNC on Sep-17-12 11:29 PM (EST)
I recently got first place in a race. I think they made a special category for me, because I was the only one to do the 20 miler in a 14 sit on top.
What boat were you paddling ?|
Posted by: roanguy on Sep-18-12 7:04 AM (EST)
currently paddling an 8 footer|
Posted by: climbnride58 on Sep-22-12 6:50 PM (EST)
but, I can't keep up with my friends who are paddling 14 footers, duh!
Posted by: NewbTastic on Sep-22-12 8:51 PM (EST)
"I will probably end up getting something between 12 and 14 feet with a skeg."
great source in Oakland|
Posted by: willowleaf on Sep-23-12 2:53 PM (EST)
I realize Oakland, CA, could be right next door or 500 miles from you, but if you can reasonably get there , CCK Paddlesports is having an incredible sale with dozens of new and used yaks in stock, including my favorite mid-sized kayak, the Venture Easky 15. They have some used ones under $800. Good opportunity to compare several of the models mentioned in this thread.
Posted by: climbnride58 on Sep-25-12 5:41 PM (EST)
for the advice, and suggestions.
Roanguy - CD Kestrel 140 sit on top|
Posted by: FrankNC on Sep-26-12 10:21 AM (EST)
the Current Designs Kestrel 140 sit on top is my boat of choice for most paddles these days unless it is a long trip. For trips over two days, my Cobra Expedition hold more, but it is not as fun to paddle as it is a very straight tracking boat.