-- Last Updated: Jun-21-13 12:17 PM EST --
Aquan Sports, a shop in San Carlos (SF Peninsula) has a demo day this weekend at their San Mateo location. $10 per person to try all the boats you want. They will have likely over a 100 boats of all types laid out on the beach to try, so lots of choices.
You may want to read an article in a recent issue of California Kayaker Magazine on different boat types. Issue 10, starting on p[age 6. Read online for free at http://www.calpaddlermag.com/magazine.html.
On that, looking for a boat that you can use on Lake Tahoe and also use on Class 2 (and even 3)doesn't work out. The two basic breaks are flat water and white water. Tahoe is flat water. One you talk class 2, your are in white water. Very different boats. That article tries to talk about the differences.
Something to keep in mind is water temps, and clothing. You rarely ever see anyone wearing wet suits or similar in Tahoe, and this is unfortunate as the water is COLD and people do die of the cold there every year. The saying is dress for the water temps. At a simple level, rash guards provide a little warmth, wet suits even more, dry suits the most.
Also, while you are reading articles, you may want to check out issue #8 on getting butt time and #7's article on taking classes.
PFD's (Life Jackets)
Recreational Kayak Paddle
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