replacing our kayaks
Posted by: KDaniel on Jun-22-13 9:24 AM (EST) Category: Kayaks
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We have had 2 Old Town Nantuckets,(14 ft 9 in, 26 wide, weight 61 lbs.) with rudders, for 15 years. They are heavy and we are looking at two other kayaks to replace them and reduce the weight by almost half. My husband is interested in the Stellar S16 touring kayak. I am more interested in the Santee Hurricane. (less $$) Currently we have a pulley system to raise up and store our kayaks, over the winter, in the garage. We would lower them on to the floor and then slide them onto our Saab roof rack. The Saab has been sold. We are considering a small trailer for my Buick, to keep them ready for the season (and the canoe!) or a new roof rack for the Accent. Not sure yet what we will do. My more important question is, on the water ( we don't focus all that much on speed) will I be able to tour comfortably next to my husband in light of the two different Kayaks, the Stella and the Hurricane? Will weight differences and lengths make all that much difference? I would like to make sure I have something I can manage alone. We have a set of little wheels if we need them to get the kayaks to the water but it's all the other lifting, etc., we want to make somewhat easier.He is worried about performance, effort, side by side. Thank you.
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Posted by: Peter-CA on Jun-22-13 10:02 AM (EST)
The Santee likely would be a bit slower (especially if you are looking at the Sanetee 116 instead of the Santee 135).
Stellar made in China|
Posted by: PHILIPJEDLICKA on Jun-22-13 10:39 AM (EST)
Stellar kayaks are made in China. I recently had a Point65N XP18 ( I too had considered the Stellar). To make a long story short, the quality was horrible and luckily I managed to get rid of it quickly. What do the Chinese know about kayaks anyways? You're better off buying something from either NorthAmerica or Europe.
Fine if reflected in price ...|
Posted by: nebeginner on Jun-22-13 12:09 PM (EST)
... Taking any personal or political prejudices out of it, a boat made in a country with lower labor costs and less regulation should cost less than one made in place were either or both will add cost.
Tampico instead of Santee|
Posted by: RavenWing on Jun-22-13 11:39 AM (EST)
You are on the right track. I think you need a different model.
Big Difference Between Boats|
Posted by: dafishman on Jun-22-13 1:52 PM (EST)
There is a big difference between the two boats you are looking at. The Stellar is probably one of the faster 16 boats around while the Santee is going to be much slower to the same paddler. Unless you are a much stronger paddler, I envision problems with you keeping up with him.
Posted by: shiraz627 on Jun-23-13 6:18 AM (EST)
I test paddled a Stellar S16 last Summer. Several things stuck in my mind, the price was good, lightweight, difficult to turn, poor fitting cockpit. So I would recommend test paddling it to make sure your happy with the design otherwise you wasted a lot of money. The Stellars have a Surf ski heritage.
Quality and fair price.|
Posted by: magooch on Jun-23-13 12:57 PM (EST)
There still are some excellent boats built right here in America and the prices are very competitive--especially when you consider the quality. Three companies that I would look at are Current Designs, Eddyline and Novus Composites. There are more, but these are a very good place to start.
Which Santee? Day touring or camping?|
Posted by: WaterBird on Jun-24-13 2:32 PM (EST)
You say you want to "tour." The Santee is not a touring kayak. All of the Santees are recreational kayaks. Maybe you meant day touring?