need recommendation for kayak
Posted by: old_user on Dec-23-12 5:07 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
let me state my skill/purpose and see if you can recommend a particular kayak.
absolute kayak beginners. just know a sit on top from a sit inside.
need 2 kayaks (me and she). they will be stored on deck of a mid sized sailboat. we cruise florida and the bahamas. we have a dinghy (two actually). we would like to use kayaks instead or in addition. either could work out. we will use them for multiple purposes.
exploring shallow areas. going ashore for supplies in shopping bags or containers or dry bags. maybe carrying diesel jugs or gas cans. maybe doing some light fishing. should be able to carry a 200lb person and maybe 50 pounds of 'stuff'.
they need to be as stable as possible. speed and manuverability is not important. stability both in use and while boarding/unboarding is important.
should be under 11 feet long. shorter is better but not if it compromises other requirements. weight no more than about 70-80 pounds. beamier probably better than narrower. from the little i know, a flat bottom with a keel may be better than others.
oh, NO inflatables. much too easily damaged for our purposes.
that's all i can think of now. hope to hear from some of you who have more knowledge than we do (which is probably all of you).
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Look at Ocean Kayak Frenzy SOT|
Posted by: seadart on Dec-23-12 5:55 PM (EST)
Ocean Kayak Nalu 11|
Posted by: FrankNC on Dec-23-12 9:56 PM (EST)
Really easy to board because it is made for standing up. With a seat you can sit down and paddle. And you can strap something behind you.
The Frenzy would be good|
Posted by: adbass on Dec-24-12 1:21 PM (EST)
Posted by: willi_h2o on Dec-24-12 4:55 PM (EST)
no sit in's?|
Posted by: old_user on Dec-25-12 11:36 AM (EST)
What's your experience level?|
Posted by: seadart on Dec-25-12 12:04 PM (EST)
Before you buy a sit in kayak for paddling from a boat, I suggest you try getting in one in choppy conditions from a boat. It can be done, and I have done it on supported trips where the boat drops you off, but when we do this when surfing we just seal launch from the deck. Probably not something you want to do if you are worrying about getting stuff wet.
Posted by: trout on Dec-26-12 3:51 PM (EST)
...i bought a 13.5' WS Pamlico tandem w/ rudder ....took out the forward seat ...large open , sit in cockpit, .....boat is rated for over 300# total weight...not the best boat for rough waters but it works, boat is a bit of a barge to paddle in rough water....this may be a workable option for you. IMO ..certainly fits the " carry cargo" requirement. I use the boat for solo fishing in bays and other calm waters. since the forward seat is removed ...i re-arranged the rudder pedals and rear seat slides freely to help level out the boat.
Posted by: ADNelson on Dec-26-12 4:18 PM (EST)
As everyone else has pretty much said, a SOT would probably be the best choice. If you are looking specifically for a SINK, though, the Old Town Vapor series is extremely stable, and carries a lot of weight.
Have paddled Frenzy in wind and waves|
Posted by: Dr_Disco on Dec-26-12 5:43 PM (EST)
Not only is it stable but it is a lot of fun. With a little practice you can catch waves and have some surfing excitement. It will easily meet your weight requirements. The only downside is that it is noticeably slower than longer SOTs. For your purposes I think the Frenzy is almost perfect.