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I am a former member of the Canton Kayak Club in Baltimore, and have had a fair amount of experience kayaking on the Chesapeake Bay. I always used club kayaks, however, and have never owned my own. I live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast now, and I am ready to make a purchase.
I am now a Mother of a 3 year old and I want to buy a vessel where he can share in my adventures. I assume a canoe is best for this, but correct me if I am wrong. I am a petite female so I want something lightweight, but I plan to store in right by the water so hopefully I will not have to haul it much.
I am accustomed to ruddered kayaks, so I am want something with excellent maneuverability and tracking, even though I will be the only person propelling the boat for a while. I will be using the boat primarily on calm, sleepy bayous and rivers, but we may also venture into the ocean. The ocean here is quite calm because most of the waves are blocked by barrier islands. I could drop the ocean goal if it conflicts to much with other priorities.
I don't anticipate that we would need to haul much gear. An overnight trip is a possibility. We won't be fishing. I would prefer not to spend more than 2K, but I would consider stretching this for the perfect boat. Thanks in advance for all advice! Let me know if I left out some key info.
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Have you considered rowing?|
Posted by: magooch on Apr-02-13 12:27 PM (EST)
A nice little row boat might work better with a youngster of that age. I have seen people put a little kid, or dog in a hatch compartment, but I'm not sure that is very safe.
2nd on the Rowboat|
Posted by: VK1NF on Apr-02-13 10:45 PM (EST)
A small rowing craft can be a real joy. I spent endless hours every summer as a youngster rowing around a large lake in an uncle's small runabout, and used an eight-foot dingy pram as a tender when we were into sailing. Both were stable, seaworthy boats for their size that were a lot of fun to use. A decent little rowboat could suit you and your son's needs just fine.
Half in Half|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Apr-02-13 12:53 PM (EST)
just a thought|
Posted by: tetonjohn on Apr-02-13 3:23 PM (EST)
sit on top kayak|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Apr-02-13 3:45 PM (EST)
not an add for eddyline, but|
Posted by: tetonjohn on Apr-02-13 3:55 PM (EST)
I had that same thought|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-02-13 5:05 PM (EST)
WS Pamlico, perhaps|
Posted by: edzep on Apr-02-13 5:39 PM (EST)
Double, with sliding bow seat, for single use. 13 1/2 or 14 1/2 foot versions, available with rudder.
Posted by: ornery on Apr-02-13 7:55 PM (EST)
These are exciting suggestions. There are so many options out there, it can be overwhelming. Thanks for pointing me in some promising directions. I will take a closer look at all of these.
Posted by: seadart on Apr-02-13 8:27 PM (EST)
Best For You?|
Posted by: mcwood4 on Apr-03-13 12:36 PM (EST)
Give this one a a look too. Mick
Posted by: ornery on May-06-13 4:48 PM (EST)
I paddle both canoes and kayaks, and |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-03-13 5:34 PM (EST)
recently I've done some bayous in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Posted by: ornery on May-06-13 4:58 PM (EST)
Eddyline Shasta looks most enticing at this point, if I ignore the price. Thanks tetonjohn! I wonder if I can find one used?
A sit on top would be safest|
Posted by: Kocho on May-06-13 5:00 PM (EST)
Getting back in an open canoe should you tip over is a rather difficult task if you are not close to shore and with a little one in tow... Though, tipping over might not be very likely either in calm waters... But a canoe is more spacious than a sit on top or a tandem kayak and a kid will have more room to move...
Posted by: ADNelson on May-07-13 6:25 AM (EST)
Old Town's Dirigo rec kayak line has an option for a child's seat on their tandem models, but I do not think you wish to purchase a tandem.
Posted by: Marshall on May-07-13 7:01 AM (EST)
I have a customer that uses a SUP board with a Crazy Creek sling type chair and a kayak paddle. It's his 25lb SOT. For warmer climes it could be an option and you can always stand on it to see what's around the next bend.
Wenonah Fusion worth looking at|
Posted by: gingernc on May-07-13 8:12 AM (EST)
13-foot canoe propelled with kayak paddle. Within your price range and not heavy. A friend just bought one and used it on a camping trip here in NC. It's beamy enough to have some decent initial stability.