I bought a Old Towne Camden 106 and need a second kayak. We are looking for a recreational kayak. We plan to paddle on calm lakes and slow moving rivers. But we want something durable, comfortable and lighter than the 51 lbs the 106 is.
Additionally, since it is for my wife, it would need to track well and not veer off, or get pushed sideways by the wind, etc.
We have ruled out SOT, want only sit inside. Suggestions?
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Posted by: suiram on May-06-13 3:39 PM (EST)
What is your budget?
Posted by: cat5fred on May-06-13 6:25 PM (EST)
Good question. Between $450 and $800. Prefer the lower end, but will not be penny wise, pound foolish.
Why the tracking focus?|
Posted by: Celia on May-06-13 4:07 PM (EST)
Is your wife a tiny person that won't sink a boat much, or is it just that she is likely to want an easy time paddling? It might inform boat choice.
My wife is only 5'2"|
Posted by: cat5fred on May-06-13 6:22 PM (EST)
She's small and not much upper body strength. She only weighs 130 lbs.
Tough in your price range|
Posted by: rival51 on May-06-13 10:51 PM (EST)
especially with the light weight. Look at used boats and try to find a demo days near you. Also, if you have the time & space take a look at the Pygmy kits. The Osprey 13' fits all of your criteria except for price. The kit price is $839 but there is shipping & you should consider the hatch kit as well.
didn't answer your question fully|
Posted by: cat5fred on May-06-13 10:24 PM (EST)
Why do we need to be a good tracking kayak? otherwise I will leave her way behind! Kidding. Well, not really, but ok, she's a long way from being a good paddler, so the more help the kayak can give, the better.
To hit price point and size...|
Posted by: Celia on May-07-13 8:15 AM (EST)
perception tribute 12...|
Posted by: johnysmoke on May-07-13 8:48 AM (EST)
Posted by: gnatcatcher on May-07-13 9:22 AM (EST)
I paddle with a group of people who do slow rivers and creeks. Very casual trips - our oldest is 90! Many of us have the older style Dagger Zydeco, which is light weight, around 9'6" long and around 27 1/2 inches wide. The new Zydeco model is a bit shorter and much wider, so as a short person, I'd avoid that one. (I am 5'3"). With my boat, I have no problems with knuckle banging.
Posted by: willowleaf on May-07-13 10:27 AM (EST)
Old Town Vapor|
Posted by: ADNelson on May-08-13 6:21 AM (EST)
It tracks very well, and is extremely stable. It does not, however, go very fast.
Posted by: angstrom on May-08-13 9:01 AM (EST)
Thank you *ALL* for the helpful advice|
Posted by: cat5fred on May-08-13 2:40 PM (EST)
Very good advice. You all made me think long and hard.
Emotion makes good rec boats|
Posted by: bartc on May-09-13 10:09 PM (EST)
I use their Glide, which is 9.5' long and 28" wide. I can push it to nearly 4 mph. Very stable and fun, and only weighs about 36 lbs. It comes with one rear float bag, but they'll sell you another for under $30 that you can put in the front. If you buy a rec boat without bulkheads, do get front and rear float bags.