New member - need some advice
Posted by: old_user on Apr-01-13 9:15 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
I'm looking at buying this kayak for $250.
Here is a gallery of the kayak: http://imgur.com/a/YAxQ8
This is a 1995 Perception 16' Aquaterra Chinook. The guy is asking $250 for it. He even has the original dry hatch neoprene cover and perception paddle.
It is missing one foot peg. No major scratches, no cracks. It needs the bungee and seat rigging re-done. Over all not in bad shape for a 1995.
My 2 concerns are size and size. First, I drive an 09 Hyundai Sonata...this yak is almost as big as my car. Second, I'm 6'1" and 200lbs. I'd like to be able to carry some gear...what is the weight limit on this boat? I sorta didn't want to go bigger than 14'.
Is this a worthwhile deal or should I keep looking for something better?
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not a bad deal|
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-01-13 9:32 PM (EST)
Posted by: edzep on Apr-01-13 9:46 PM (EST)
Do you know of any pics posted of the 18-foot kayak, on the smart car? I just like to marvel at 'em, like the similar pics I've seen, of a long boat on a Mini Cooper.
not her but...|
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-02-13 2:28 PM (EST)
... there are quite a few on the web.
Posted by: Peter-CA on Apr-02-13 3:52 PM (EST)
Personally, I'd pass. If you watch around, you likely could find a ~5 year old plastic sea kayak for $500-700. The newer boats have a bunch of improvements over something that is close to 20 years old, so make it worth the extra few bucks (and more likely to be in better shape, so require less work). Things like more comfortable seats, deck lines (important for safety), a front hatch and bulkhead instead of foam (though I was glad to see the foam there - much safer than nothing), etc.
I don't know if the hatch cover is |
Posted by: shirlann on Apr-06-13 7:42 PM (EST)
supposed to fully attached in that one photo, but if not, it appears warped which means it won't fit tight and will be susceptible to allowing water into the rear hatch.
I would pass if it were me -|
Posted by: rpg51 on Apr-07-13 5:38 AM (EST)
As was said above - newer boats have improvements that developed over the years (skegs, hatches front and rear, day hatch, improved seats etc.) that I find beneficial. Also, and this is completely personal, I like a boat that has some rocker rather than than a straight keel line and this boat looks to be fairly straight. You may like that, many do, but I prefer some rocker.
I would pass|
Posted by: Dreamweve on Apr-07-13 7:56 AM (EST)
Obviously it has not been well taken care of. Lots of others to choose from.
Chinooks are great|
Posted by: tsunamichuck1 on Apr-07-13 11:17 AM (EST)
beginner boats and good for loading up gear. Getting a foot peg is not that big of a deal and rigging gets replaced every couple of years. Don't buy into the hype about performance. At that pricepoint, not much will out perform the Chinook.
Posted by: MrTee on Apr-07-13 12:07 PM (EST)
yes, inspect it well|
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-08-13 9:54 AM (EST)
Yes, do look carefully at the hull condition in the Chinook. Our $100 Chinook is badly UV damaged and was oilcanned terribly ahead of the cockpit, which had no bow bulkhead, due to being stored leaning on a deck railing by the previous owner (fortunately, a wonderful P-netter sent me a factory Chinook foam bulkhead he had kicking around his garage and I glued it in and popped the dent.)