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.
There are two Hurricane Tampicos in the 140 series. 140 out (S and L) and both are 14 feet. The 140S is better equipped w. thigh braces and a lower backband Skills like edging, turning and bracing come a lot easier w. thigh braces for most folks. A low backband stays out of the way during rescues and contributes to a better forward stroke via greater torso rotation.
If you fit a 140S, or the older model 135S I encourage you to take either out for a demo. You can find any of them used for less than the cost of a new Santee.
Either 140 is nice and light at 41-42 lbs, the 135S lighter still at 38lbs and all will match up better w. a 16 ft seakayak at a modest/average pace.
Weight savings is an advantage not only horsing the boats on and off the car rack or trailer, but also pulling them to the water. A light boat on a cart is easier to pull than a heavy one, esp. if you make one trip by bringing all your gear, lunch, water etc in the boat cockpit.
On the water a lighter boat takes less effort to bring to speed and keep there. I have a strip built, fiberglass/carbon kayak at over 19 feet than weighs 28 lbs. And a kevlar glass kayak at 16'6" at 41 lbs. I expend a great deal less effort with either of them than paddling a couple of others at 48-50 lbs.
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