Choosing a kayak for a child
Posted by: pipewrench on Feb-04-13 2:16 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
Hi, I'm thinking about getting my 10 yr. old son his own kayak to paddle. What are the general guidelines for figuring out what to get? He's 10, 4'6 and 65 lbs. Thanks for your help. (I'm not opposed to getting SOT or sit in, either)
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Posted by: jcbikeski on Feb-04-13 2:52 PM (EST)
Posted by: angstrom on Feb-04-13 3:57 PM (EST)
I'm an open boater,|
Posted by: deuce on Feb-04-13 4:22 PM (EST)
but my main mostest floating buddy's son is ten and paddles a Dagger Zydeco. He does great in it. He even joined his dad and me on a three day float trip last month.
Posted by: NateHanson on Feb-04-13 4:38 PM (EST)
What do you want to do with the boat?
Posted by: yaakker on Feb-04-13 6:33 PM (EST)
I have my granddaughter paddling an Arcadia Scout (10')by Perception and it seems to work real well for her. She is 11yr old & weighs 70lbs. Seems to have a good mix of tracking & manuverability. She also paddles a Prijon Flipper (10') but has a much harder time going straight (turns real well though!)Both of these boats are made for kids.
If it was me , I would get him.....|
Posted by: Jackl on Feb-04-13 6:34 PM (EST)
a nine foot long el cheapo recreation kayak.
Depends on the kid.|
Posted by: rival51 on Feb-04-13 7:03 PM (EST)
My daughter loved coming on canoe trips with me from an early age. We built an Ospery 13" when she was 8 & it got good use until she grew out of it. (It is looking for a good home). But ... I know that I am lucky. There is some point to what JackL says if your son is just getting started. On the other hand if he has experience and enjoys getting out on the water then it would be worth looking for something that is a better fit and faster.
if cheapo rec then rent or used|
Posted by: jcbikeski on Feb-04-13 7:06 PM (EST)
Then you lose nothing if you decide to go for a nice boat as used boats can often be sold at same price you bought it.
Posted by: BigandSmall on Feb-04-13 7:11 PM (EST)
I have two Tsunami SP's. I have had quite a few paddlers from 50lbs (my son) up to 130lbs (my nephew). They are great little boats and we are very happy with them. I considered a Raven but watching the kids play bumper boats and run them up on shore I'm glad I didn't. The cons, the thigh braces don't fit anyone from all the sizes I've had in these boats. The cockpits are way too big, I assume to keep lawyers happy since they are kids boats. The final verdict is from the kids though, they absolutely love their boats.
Posted by: BigandSmall on Feb-04-13 7:30 PM (EST)
I find there is a big hole in the plastic boat market when it comes to teenagers (and petite women). It would sure be nice if WS would bring out a Tempest 150 or 155. No more than 20 inches wide.... 19.5 would be even better for all the 5 foot sub 115lb'ers out there hint hint please. The idea of buying matching Pilgrims for my wife and daughter has my wallet shaking. I guess the market wouldn't support it but a guy can dream.
Posted by: NateHanson on Feb-05-13 11:26 AM (EST)
Someone mentioned the EpiSea. I have one, and I'm not impressed with it. The design is odd. The rear deck is quite high. The front deck is monstrously high. My 9 year-old can't paddle it without banging her knuckles, and outfitting the cavernous cockpit sufficiently to try rolling would be a big job. There's no front bulkhead, and a small screw-on hatch in the back.
Posted by: michaelcrouse on Feb-08-13 9:45 AM (EST)
How is your Epi Sea outfitted?
She has a little brother. |
Posted by: NateHanson on Feb-08-13 5:18 PM (EST)
Olympic K1 & Surfski|
Posted by: clydehedlund on Feb-05-13 8:28 AM (EST)
Are what I got my 10 year old daughter and a small Onno wing paddle. Today, at 15 years old, her boats are longer, sleeker, and tippier. However, the paddle remains the same, for she just completed a 10 mile open ocean race in her 21 ft. long surfski, last Saturday, using the same Onno small wing paddle that Patrick made her 5 years ago. Paddling is no different than other sports, so like other sports, get them the best equipment that will keep them motivated and on the water.
Posted by: gobsmacked on Feb-05-13 9:47 AM (EST)
My 13 year old son has been using a Wilderness Systems Tsunami SP for the last 3 to 4 years. Bulkheads and decklines give it the same safety feaures as an adult boat. Tracks straight , edges with confidence.
Posted by: tkamd on Feb-05-13 10:02 AM (EST)
Rented a CD Raven, for my 10 year old son, on a week long kayak trip. He was about the same size, and love'd the boat, it fit him well. Wish I had bought that boat from the dealer, only been in his rental fleet for half a season, and he offered it to me for half off his cost. Dealer sold it 3 weeks later, while I thought about it. Tkamd
Posted by: pipewrench on Feb-05-13 2:34 PM (EST)
For all the helpful advice and tips. Mostly, we'd be at the lake and occasional lazy Delaware trips....but not for the first year.
Too wide not good|
Posted by: RiverMystic on Feb-13-13 12:17 PM (EST)
I teach paddling camps for kids in the summer. The problem with the wide recreational kayaks that the park provides me is that they are just too wide for children. Overprotective parents like to put their kids in wide boats, this killing a lot of the fun of paddling. A lot of the narrower boats are no longer available (market catering to overprotective parents). You really want a scaled down kayak - shorter and narrower, not just a shorter boat that is the same width as the adult version. In the camp I put a square flotation device under shorter children so they don't have to put their arms high in the air to clear the kayak.
Maybe this will help|
Posted by: FrankNC on Feb-13-13 6:53 PM (EST)