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  Tarpon 10 Fine for getting started .
  Posted by: seadart on Mar-25-13 10:50 PM (EST)

It sounds like you are near the Elkhorn Slough and will be paddling Monterrey Bay and along the central coast. The Tarpon 10 is a bit wide and slow for coastal paddling but will work. I would suggest you also look at the Ocean Kayak Scrambler 11'. The extra distance and speed you pick up with a slightly longer boat actually does make a difference, especially if you are paddling out through surf. The tarpon I think is a bit over priced and over gimmicked. You likely can pick up a used scrambler for about $300, so you would be able to get 2 for the price of one if you look around a bit. The Kayak Connection used to have good deals on used and demo boats but they are under new management. Also check the shops in Santa Cruz.

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