I am a novice paddler looking for my first boat - I have been looking for a while and reading all I can find to read. I have found two boat that I like a 3 year old Prijon Calabria (14'6")that is in very good condition and a 2012 Jackson Journey (14') very lightly used. They both fit well and both are from what I believe to be well respected manufactures.
I like the fact that the Journey has the front an back hatches and a nice day hatch for keys etc. I also like the rigging on the Journey. Super nice seat. I did hear that they may oil can a little on the bottom (not sure if that is a big deal). It seems to me - that the Journey may have a bit of rocker and a little more flare at the bow than the Calabria - I wonder if this would make it a little more transitional? Jackson is kind of a WW oriented company so perhaps that makes some sense?
The Prijon Calabria is super nice - you can just feel the overall quality in that boat. It only has a rear hatch but it is a day use kayak only - I would probably put a bag in the nose for safety.
I have a small local lake near by for practice and fitness paddling. And there are several larger rivers near by that are pretty flat - maybe a few short class 1 or minimal class 2. Then long distances of flat slow moving water on these rivers. Then there are some larger creeks to - once again nothing above minimal class 2 if that. I think a longer boat will give me a much nicer tracking more efficient boat. If I get more into rougher stuff I can pick up a used creeker.
Anyway, I would really like some input on these two manufactures or the two boats in particular. Is one significantly better made than the other - or more durable long term? Would one be a better choice for the kind of cross over role between the lake and the slow rivers/creeks? I would greatly appreciate any input you might have. They are both super nice boats and both only lightly used.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts/opinions.
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Posted by: Waterbird on Mar-30-13 9:11 PM (EST)
I owned a Prijon Calabria very briefly and don't remember much about it, except that the cockpit at the front seemed cavernous. Personally I would say that a flotation bag in a 14' kayak is a big strike against the Calabria. Even without a front bulkhead it manages to weigh in at a heavy 54 lbs.
Posted by: daviddk on Apr-29-13 2:18 PM (EST)
I don't think people should really comment on boats they don't own or haven't paddled.
Posted by: edzep on Apr-29-13 3:02 PM (EST)
Posted by: FordTrax on Mar-30-13 9:49 PM (EST)
I am about 6'1" 220lbs with a 34" inseam so I am good size. The Journey fit me great.
Posted by: wavespinner on Mar-30-13 10:15 PM (EST)
I've owned several boats in the 14-15' range and the best was the Dagger Alchemy. Extra rocker for play and versatility with a skeg to help keep you straight on the windy days. Wilderness Tsunami 140 is also worth a test paddle.
Good Info Wavespinner|
Posted by: FordTrax on Mar-30-13 11:14 PM (EST)
Thanks for the good info. I really did like that Journey. Fit me really good too! Pretty comfy.
Alchemy L, right?|
Posted by: edzep on Mar-30-13 11:24 PM (EST)
It does come in 2 sizes.
Posted by: FordTrax on Mar-31-13 8:20 AM (EST)
Yeah - sad to say it was the L ;(
Posted by: trout on Mar-31-13 7:40 AM (EST)
That is good info.|
Posted by: FordTrax on Mar-31-13 8:21 AM (EST)
I really like the quality on the Prijons.
Posted by: Fred_Randall on May-02-13 12:24 PM (EST)
is a great boat. I love mine and will probably buy another. I've not paddled the Calabria, so I can't be helpful there. But, if you're looking for consumer confidence on the Journey, count me in there.