I am a beginner kayaker I am about 50 years old and 220lbs. Living in Central PA there is water all around I live near the Juniata and the Susquehanna Rivers, and the Yellow Breeches and Shermans Creek there are also some lakes near by. I would like to find a good used kayak to start with this spring. I plan to run some easy day trips on the local rivers and creeks - probably class 2 and below and due a little on the small lake near my house for fitness and to get practice in paddling. I want something that will track nice and keep up with a group of kayakers on the rivers and creeks.
I found a couple of boats but not sure that they are right for me.
Does anyone know anything about a Dagger "Crossover" apparently they were made in the early 2000s. This one is in very good shape - not used much and then stored for years inside. A neighbor down the road has it. It has a skeg that you can put down - from shore not from the boat - like on the newer boats. It is either up or down. I cannot find out much about this kayak - does anyone one have any information on it? Where they good what are the strengths and weaknesses? Are they a good beginner/intermediate level boat?
I also looked at couple of used Kestrels 12' and a 14' with an open cockpit.
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Tracking and moving water....|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-24-13 9:37 PM (EST)
even class 2, these are not thoughts that operate well together. A boat in moving water is best if it is quite maneuverable, in part to keep the paddler out of trouble and in control. Quite maneuverable and tracking well on flat water don't go together, especially in wind.
I paddled the ol' Crossover for years...|
Posted by: holmes375 on Mar-25-13 3:10 AM (EST)
put several hundred river miles on it. Good boat for someone your size.
Posted by: tdaniel on Mar-25-13 11:58 AM (EST)
when I was lookin'for a "do it all" boat I searched for a crossover thinking I could find one cheap. I was looking for a used boat and instead ended up with a used xp10 because that's what I crossed paths with. If you are truly looking for versatility I think you've found it. Many will say it does nothing well but the fact that does a lot of situations ok works well for me. I'm absolutely sure there are better flatwater boats and better moving water/whitewater boats but for someone looking do both with one boat on the cheap I think you'll do well. If you end up hating it I'll buy it off of ya.
Still own Dagger Crossover|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Mar-25-13 11:45 AM (EST)
Dagger had an excellent design team |
Posted by: g2d on Mar-25-13 12:17 PM (EST)
when the Crossover was designed, and it was done well for its intended purposes.
lots of reviews|
Posted by: tdaniel on Mar-25-13 7:49 PM (EST)