Any recommendations for a ROOKIE?
Posted by: rmderenzo on Feb-04-13 10:57 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
Would love to get into Kayaking and I'm confused by basics.
I live near the Hillsborough River in Tampa Florida.
Would love to get a kayak for the river as well as the Gulf of Mexico.
Do I get SIT ON or SIT IN? What length? Any particular brands to look at? Any suggestions for a complete rookie?
I rented a SIT IN and enjoyed the day...
Your thoughts would be appreciated.
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check out clubs in area|
Posted by: jcbikeski on Feb-04-13 11:16 PM (EST)
It sounds like you may not yet know what your kayaking ambitions may be (type of water, distance, to goof around or explore or have thrills. A club often has some beginner events where there may be rentals. The folks leading the outing may know some of what more advanced things the club does. After talking you can ask them about gear and learning. After a couple easy outings you may want to ask about lessons in your area. Depending on how well you know by then what you want to do and depending on how good their rentals are you can decide whether to buy a boat before taking lessons or later. When ready to buy you can save money by getting a nice used boat. Then in a year or so you may find you know more and want a newer boat which could then be a brand new one or used.
I'm thinking Venture Kayak - Isla 14|
Posted by: Gilh on Feb-04-13 11:18 PM (EST)
But not knowing your size and weight it's hard to make a real recommendation. Visit Sweetwater Kayaks in St.Petersburg and they will find the best fit kayak .
Posted by: seadart on Feb-05-13 12:44 AM (EST)
One advantage sit on tops have is they were made for climate that you live in. A sit inside kayak and 90 - 100 degree heat is no fun. Lots of choices for slow rivers and coastal paddling. Look at the buyers guide at sit-on-top-kayaking.com.
Clubs/ Meetups Groups/ Outfitter|
Posted by: Celia on Feb-05-13 9:33 AM (EST)
Posted by: tsunamichuck1 on Feb-05-13 10:59 AM (EST)
something like the one you rented if it was comfortable.
Posted by: Peter-CA on Feb-05-13 11:51 AM (EST)
Get butt time. There is an article in the Spring 2012 issue of California Kayaker Magazine describing both why you want this, and how to get it. Can be read online for free at
A good starting point|
Posted by: countrygent on Feb-05-13 3:09 PM (EST)
Paddling.net articles can be a good starting point.
RTM Disco Kayak and an Aquabound.....|
Posted by: FrankNC on Feb-05-13 4:07 PM (EST)
Manta Ray paddle and a good fitting life vest from an actual kayak store.