I have been looking for a Kayak for a while now. My wife and I own Hobie Kayaks (which we really enjoy) but I am starting to think that I want something additional and more traditional for areas that I can't take a SOT. I live near the Columbia River in the Portland Oregon Area. I have looked at several Kayaks and even posted a question about the Eddyline Equinox vs. Journey a while back... I have a problem with significant leg swelling and the Eddyline kayaks just did not allow for my legs at the end of the day (when they are most swollen). I have found a local dealer who sells Hurricane Kayaks and I am very interested in an Expedition 140 as it looks like a good combination. The sport model with the very large cockpit opening seems to fit best...and I am a bit worried about re-entry in the standard version. I am also losing weight (109 lbs so far) and have about 40lbs to go so I may fit better in he standard cockpit later... My question is, what do I give up in usability with the larger cockpit? I know they have spray skirts that will fit the larger opening...looking for opinions.
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No Deltas in your area?|
Posted by: Waterbird on May-10-13 7:13 PM (EST)
I suggest you try the Delta 12.10 and compare it to the Hurricanes. You won't regret at least making a comparison.
Hurricane sort Exd...14'|
Posted by: slowpaddler on May-10-13 8:06 PM (EST)
I have a 14' sport exp. The large cockpit works great for my limited knee flex. The boat paddles and tracks great. The only trouble I have found, is open water rescues seem to be trouble. With the xxl cockpit, the sides of cockpit flex down, causing assisted rescue a little problem for xxl paddlers. Self assit paddle float rescue works fine. I have used this boat for loaded weekend trips with no trouble. Good luck with your search.
Posted by: WOBster on May-10-13 9:22 PM (EST)
So no trouble with slightly rougher water? I don't have any interest in being out in "raging seas" :) but want to know if I venture out on the Columbia and the wind kicks up that the boat will handle it and he larger cockpit isn't a liability.
Posted by: WOBster on May-10-13 9:19 PM (EST)
The same dealer also stocke Delta and the cockpit is just too small for me...awesome boat though!
Posted by: ShadyClip on May-10-13 11:21 PM (EST)
Have you at least sat in both the Sport and non-Sport versions?
Posted by: WOBster on May-11-13 12:02 AM (EST)