Bought a Delta 14.5 as a gift am I wrong
Posted by: BCdiver on Dec-05-12 4:02 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
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My wife loves Kayaking she doesn't get out much, actually she's just been out for a bunch of training courses and a few local short 1 hour trips.
This year we have chosen to due a low budget xmas but I just had to do something special for her, she has put up a lot with me this year due to me breaking my heal and needing surgeries and being off my feet.
So I decided to get her a Kayak and gear, something that would not be happening anytime soon according to her.
I was on a tight budget so I had to check around, find what deals I could come up with, look at new and used etc...
I ended up getting her a Delta 14.5 I really like the shop I bought it from, the price point was good and was able to get a slightly cheaper price. However fear has now set in, I know the fitting of a kayak can be extremely personal. I'm worried I might have made a mistake on picking it out for her.
Any opinions? She is 5'4" 145lbs, we live in British Columbia and will be used for ocean, knowing my wife it will probably be used for some distance... This seemed like a very good first Kayak that could be sold and upgraded later if she wants. I just don't want her to be upset xmas morning...
My intentions were good.
Thanks for any input.
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Posted by: Peter-CA on Dec-05-12 4:47 PM (EST)
Is the sale done, or do you have the option to back out?
I would try and return it|
Posted by: nickjc on Dec-05-12 5:23 PM (EST)
Your wife might have some specific ideas on what kind of boat she would like. If she's been doing a bunch of classes her skill is probably high enough she will be looking for something higher performance.
Can you work a deal?|
Posted by: Celia on Dec-05-12 9:01 PM (EST)
I am your wife's height and a bit less in weight, about 10 pounds. I am not sure if you got the Sport (cockpit depth 11.5") or the Expedition (12.5"), but if those are interior to interior height measures it'd be a little tall for my tastes. The cockpit dimensions look big to me in width, at 18''x 32.5''. It is hard to gauge that without knowing where your wife carries her weight though. Personally I prefer a 16 inch wide cockpit, but maybe it'd fit your wife well enough for good control. It is hard to say unless someone sits in a boat.
Posted by: rusty125 on Dec-05-12 11:23 PM (EST)
I would have played it safe and gave her a gift certificate for the paddling shop.
She'll be thrilled|
Posted by: WaterMark on Dec-06-12 8:16 AM (EST)
to have a new kayak, I'm sure. What she wants in a kayak will evolve over time, but I'm sure she'll love having a kayak now to get out and enjoy and get some experience. The kayak can be fitted using foam padding.
Posted by: guideboatguy on Dec-06-12 9:28 AM (EST)
its not a house or diamond|
Posted by: radiomix on Dec-06-12 8:48 AM (EST)
It's a kayak. She will enjoy it, and eventually want another. Getting out and paddling is the only way to know. You did good.
But it is a great gift too |
Posted by: Celia on Dec-06-12 8:55 AM (EST)
There are thoughts I had above which did not make it into that post.
Posted by: bcdiver on Dec-06-12 12:38 PM (EST)
Thanks for the input everyone, much appreciated!
The point is, you cared enough to get |
Posted by: string on Dec-06-12 12:42 PM (EST)
it for her.Doesn't really matter that much what the 'it' is in my experience.
Don't sweat it|
Posted by: Celia on Dec-06-12 1:27 PM (EST)
You done good. As to the ideal kayak, as your wife gets more time on the water she'll realize that used is a nice option. Of the 11 boats under and on the porch or in our basement, only 3 were purchased new. The fourth that is new is only so because it replaced a demo model that had a much more troublesome history than we first realized, and the head of Valley did a fantastic job of remedying the mess.
She'll have a nice kayak,|
Posted by: sissy103 on Dec-06-12 1:25 PM (EST)
and she already has a prince of a husband. What a sweetie!
Well I upgraded a bit|
Posted by: bcdiver on Dec-08-12 7:14 PM (EST)
Went in a spoke with the manager again today. I opted to get her the 16.
Let us know....|
Posted by: Celia on Dec-09-12 9:18 AM (EST)
if you guys ever break up. I think you'll have a waiting line here! :-)
She'll like it|
Posted by: rickEv on Dec-10-12 9:13 PM (EST)
MY wife is about the same size and has the Delta 16. She likes it a lot. I've paddled it and find it to be pretty fast and a good handling boat. It feels comfortable on edge and carves a nice turn.
Delta 16 and 14.5 fit differently.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Dec-10-12 10:12 PM (EST)
Posted by: kayakrazee on Dec-11-12 8:11 AM (EST)
The Delta 14.5 & the 16 are totally different. I had a 14.5 for a while & upgraded to the 17 which is very different also. KK