HELP! - I am overwelmed by all of the on line reviews and could really use some personalized advice - PLEASE!
I'm looking for as new boat. I've got 12 years of experience. My trips are generally 3 to 10 days, but I tend to travel light. I'm 5'8", 175 lbs. My current boat is 17' long, and 22" beam - and those seem to be pretty good dimensions.
- Of primary importance is great performance in rough conditions, which I love.
- I live in Alaska, and often travel on the exposed coast.
- There is not that much available here, so I may end up buying sight unseen and shipping the boat.
- I paddle with ACA/BCU snobs - so, no rudder boats please ;-)
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Necky Chatham 16|
Posted by: radskierman on Jun-22-13 3:24 PM (EST)
What do you want to do with it?|
Posted by: Kocho on Jun-22-13 5:12 PM (EST)
Current Designs Sirocco|
Posted by: redmond on Jun-22-13 6:00 PM (EST)
Great rough water boat. I used to say that it was a better boat than I was a paddler. It handled the rough stuff easily.
What do you have now?|
Posted by: nebeginner on Jun-22-13 7:00 PM (EST)
And what about it makes you want to replace it?
Why I want to replace my current boat|
Posted by: AK_Sea_Kayaker on Jun-22-13 11:34 PM (EST)
My current boat is a Perception Shadow. I've been paddling it for 12 years - it has many miles on it. The thing that I really love about it is the way it handles conditions. It doesn't matter the size of the wave, it bounces right back and asks for another.
Opinions are all anyone can give ...|
Posted by: nebeginner on Jun-23-13 7:59 AM (EST)
Posted by: dc9mm on Jun-22-13 7:43 PM (EST)
Like nebeginner asked what kayak do you have now and why do you need to replace it? Just want something new? Do you want plastic or fiberglass? Some good choices are Valley sea kayaks and NDK make good rough water kayaks.NDK Explorer is one.
Posted by: AK_Sea_Kayaker on Jun-22-13 11:37 PM (EST)
My Perception Shadow is 12 years old, and has less epoxy left after many, many miles. I am looking for a fiberglass boat.
NSDK Romany or Explorer |
Posted by: Celia on Jun-22-13 7:53 PM (EST)
Romany is very good at rough water but the Explorer will do long distances more easily without having to stop and play on every wave. Both are long standing boats, no surprises, and tend to show up used relatively cheap because they are slower and less sexy than many of the newer designs.
Posted by: Bernie/cny on Jun-23-13 7:28 AM (EST)
a SOT?Kaskazi kayaks are made in/for Africa's coastal waters which most definitely are some of the nastiest waters to be found anywhere.
What did you try?|
Posted by: suiram on Jun-23-13 7:40 AM (EST)
What kayaks have you tried over the years, what did you dis/like about them?
Just in case|
Posted by: lyngo on Jun-23-13 8:37 AM (EST)
You don't know Tom Pogson.....I assume you do, but if not give him a call, he's in Homer.
Posted by: NateHanson on Jun-23-13 9:57 AM (EST)
You'll need to paddle some boats to get an idea of what you like.
Posted by: Jaybabina on Jun-23-13 11:00 AM (EST)
Start with the Fit|
Posted by: MrTee on Jun-23-13 11:25 AM (EST)
You need to paddle a number options. One observation . . . if you are coming from a Shadow, boats like Explorer and T170 may be too big, you might do better in a Romany or T165. Try them all. Make sure you have a good comfortable fit.
Cetus and Spartan|
Posted by: WaterMark on Jun-23-13 11:50 AM (EST)
I own a Cetus MV and send what the poster said above. It's a fantastic boat - great stability, very responsive, holds an edge solidly, and is relatively fast for a brit boat.
Caribou S |
Posted by: jmyers on Jun-23-13 12:00 PM (EST)
I have paddled a Current Designs Caribou S for the past six years. I find it to be an excellent boat for vertical waters and can surf wind waves with the best of them but it is a bit on the slow end as are most hard chined boats.
You need to take a look at these.|
Posted by: magooch on Jun-23-13 12:40 PM (EST)
I thought I had my rough water boat (CD Sirocco) and yes it loves rough water, but then I wanted a faster long distance boat, so I started looking and testing and testing and testing.
Posted by: peter on Jun-24-13 12:14 PM (EST)
I can also strongly recommend the Cetus, it will do anything it needs to do really well, with excellent stability in rough water, and a lot you would want to do with its great maneuverability and good speed.
hard to recommend|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Jun-24-13 1:41 PM (EST)
You say you paddle with snobs - any chance you can test out their boats? I very much believe that you need to spend time in a boat to understand whether it will work for you. People here can suggest what works for them, and even what works for many, but you really are the only one that can decide what works for you. Even if it requires money renting boats from shops, traveling to demo days, etc., it is worth doing. But if you can at least sit in friend's boats to get a feel for where to start, that could save you some hassles.