Prijon kayaks - rentals
Posted by: RavenWing on May-10-13 2:36 PM (EST)
just an aside for Frost & his gf: renting Prijon boats can be a good thing for your search. Good choice for ppl who want to do sometimes rocky rivers and tour lakes as well. Their proprietary blowmoulded HTP plastic flexes a lot like f'glass in the water, but is very tough like rotomoulded plastic more commonly seen in plastic kayaks.
My top pick for your gf would be the Prijon Catalina which is sadly no longer made. I have one and it's a fun, versatile boat, and one I won't outgrow in size or skills.I've paddled a few Class 1 & 2 rivers and taken the boat out on Lake Michigan. It's 15'3" so it sizes well for all of that. It would even do well on twistier rivers w. good edging and turning skills. And it is fun fun fun to surf.
If there is a Calabria or Motion she might rent one or both.
A SeaYak or Touryak might suit you. The latter is scaled slightly larger and a great boat for camping capacity.
Used Prijons do come around every so often. They can be a great deal because the plastic wears so well (assuming they have been stored out of the sun and its UV rays).
I'll also put in a good word for the Jackson Journey boats. They make a regular and low volume version. 14 feet, dual bulkheads, and excellent adjustable cockpit outfitting. Stable and a decent mix of tracking and turning makes them a nice choice for a first boat or an only boat. Take them on the river, on the inland lakes, on the Great Lakes. Optional rudders.
Also make a stop to try the Dagger Alchemy - two sizes, S and L, both 14 feet. Dual bulkheads, seakayak outfitting, adjustable cockpit outfitting. Skegged boats. You can pretty much go everywhere in them except very shallow, very tight rivers/creeks.
Take the time, as you meet other paddlers, to ask to try their boats. And check out demo days. After a while you'll get a real sense of what suits you and your gf will discover the same. You don't need to demo dozens of boats - soon you'll each get a sense of where to narrow down. Get a handful of top contenders, see where they are on sale or offered used.
Budget some money for a good paddle a couple snaps up from the cheapest. It'll make paddling and learning paddle strokes a lot more enjoyable. The paddle connects body to boat so go with good quality there.
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