14 Footer Inquiry - New Kayaker
Posted by: andersz on Oct-16-12 4:37 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
On the hunt for a decent 14 foot boat to do lake/river paddling and multi-day trips. This would be my first tour/rec kayak.
Came across an Old Town Cayuga 146 -- 2009 model.
Curious if anybody has paddled one, owns one, etc...
I have paddled a few other boats but ran into the Cayuga for a good price so considering depending on research.
Have always received great advice on this forum so curious to hear what you all have to say...........
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Great kayak IF|
Posted by: Waterbird on Oct-16-12 5:39 PM (EST)
IF it is made out of Polylink 3, which consists of a layer of foam sandwiched between two layers of plastic. The Cayugas were originally made of this material, but only briefly. The current Cayugas are made of a soft thinner rotomolded plastic.
Limited to Flat water |
Posted by: seadart on Oct-16-12 6:46 PM (EST)
You want to make sure you understand that with a cockpit like in the Cayuga that you are limiting your self to absolute flat water. If you really want to do multiple day trips on rivers and large lakes you probably want a boat that you can buy a skirt that works well. You don't say where you will be paddling, but you don't want to do more than Class I, and you don't want to be on open coastlines with windwaves, or ocean.
Posted by: seadart on Oct-16-12 7:50 PM (EST)
Sorry I was mistaken Cayauga has a smaller cockpit than most rec boats - I was remembering the seat - so probably better than most in moving water if you use the spray skirt.
Posted by: Waterbird on Oct-18-12 9:08 PM (EST)
I guess you already realized that. I used the Cayuga 146 for many camping trips up to about 5 days, mostly on rather large lakes. The Cayuga is very stable and reliable in rough water. A friend used it extensively on Georgian Bay, which has challengin ocean conditions.
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Posted by: andersz on Oct-17-12 8:33 AM (EST)
Went and looked at a Cayuga for sale near where I live, STL MO. Really liked the boat itself, but as stated in previous postings the hull was a bit flimsy and flexed quite a bit under little pressure. The bulkheads were also broken from their original seals which concerns me.
Posted by: PHILIPJEDLICKA on Oct-17-12 8:57 AM (EST)
Look at a Delphin way better. You will get tired of a rec kayak in no time.
Posted by: CapeFear on Oct-17-12 11:28 AM (EST)
First, I don't own any of these, so these are just a couple I would look into if I were in your position. I'm assuming by lake/river paddling we are not talking whitewater or tidal races, but flatwater rivers.
Posted by: willowleaf on Oct-17-12 11:56 AM (EST)
You won't find one used because they just came out with the model this year, but the 14' Venture Islay is a very cool boat and reasonably priced. I have seen them on end-of-season sales for under $1000.
Old Town Cayuga 146|
Posted by: shiraz627 on Oct-17-12 12:11 PM (EST)
It's an OK boat as I had one for about a year. I thought the boat was on the sluggish side but that's only my opinion. Also consider the Necky Manitou 14 and the Wilderness Systems Tsunami line.
Posted by: carldelo on Oct-17-12 4:54 PM (EST)
WL - I like the looks of the Venture Islay - hopefully can try one out sometime - thanks for the heads up.
Posted by: sternman on Oct-17-12 1:24 PM (EST)
I have a Dagger Alchemy 14S and love it. Seems to do a little of everything and good all around. A fun change from my usual 16 to 18 foot kayaks.
Posted by: Marshall on Oct-18-12 8:04 AM (EST)
There are a lot of choices out there but in your mentioning the 2009 Cayuga, is the search for performance or price? They are necessarily exclusive of each other on the used market but if you broaden your search you may find a lot of other options out there that will allow for better (funner) paddling overtime.
Performance vs price|
Posted by: Waterbird on Oct-18-12 9:16 PM (EST)
If you watch Craigslist regularly, eventually a good kayak will turn up at a low price. A friend bought an Eddyline Journey last year for $550. Also last year I paid $650 for a brand new Cayuga 146 in Polylink 3 that came with a new Werner Camano paddle, a C-Tug, and other things. I bought it only for the paddle and the C-Tug and sold the kayak. Now is a good time to buy a used kayak on Craigslist.
Posted by: andersz on Oct-18-12 9:37 AM (EST)
First, thanks again for the feedback on this post. Really appreciate the advice and thoughts.
Posted by: andersz on Oct-18-12 9:56 AM (EST)
Really ---- cost-wise would be looking at anything under $1,100-$1,200.
have you tried|
Posted by: sapien on Oct-18-12 8:23 PM (EST)
the Buyer's Guide here on P-Net?