With all the kayak experience on this forum, I thought I'd ask you all your opinion on the following.
I'm looking for a kayak that is:
- Under $1000
- Under 50 lbs
- 10' or longer
- Transitional or touring-type
- two hatches
- low volume
- and a cockpit on the larger side (my disability prevents me from safely exiting a tight cockpit)
I will be paddling this in larger lakes and coastal ocean waters
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Posted by: carldelo on Jun-25-13 12:49 AM (EST)
Posted by: willowleaf on Jun-25-13 9:43 AM (EST)
your height/weight, inseam?|
Posted by: suiram on Jun-25-13 9:52 AM (EST)
It won't cost you a cent, because |
Posted by: g2d on Jun-25-13 11:06 AM (EST)
it will exist only in your imagination.
Posted by: Peter-CA on Jun-25-13 11:09 AM (EST)
Posted by: Kudzu on Jun-25-13 12:02 PM (EST)
I lucked into a used (smaller) Alchemy for $600 maybe two years ago. I wasn't happy with the cockpit so I pulled out the stiffening hardware and moved the seat back quite a bit. I think it would fit all your requirements... except I have never weighed it.
Posted by: Gromulus on Jun-25-13 12:57 PM (EST)
Over your budget at approximately $1450 but decent size cockpit, 43 lbs, two hatches, and fairly capable in rough water.
Yes except for cockpit|
Posted by: WaterBird on Jun-25-13 6:23 PM (EST)
The Delta's cockpit is 18 x 32.5, which is medium sized. However, it has a lot of depth at the front of the cockpit---13.5"---which aids exit. But as was mentioned above, low volume and large cockpit are opposites. The Delta 12.10 is a very high volume kayak. For some people that's a plus, for others not. Maybe OP can say more about what low volume means and why it's needed.
There is an Epic Endurance and |
Posted by: Kocho on Jun-25-13 2:36 PM (EST)
Also, Huricane Tracer 165|
Posted by: Kocho on Jun-25-13 2:41 PM (EST)
The Tracer and the Tampico might also fit the bill. Either can usually be had under $1,000 in very good condition and should be around 50lb...
Need to define "larger cockpit"|
Posted by: WaterBird on Jun-25-13 6:01 PM (EST)
If you describe your height, weight, and functional limitations we will try to advise you on cockpit size.
Demo, Demo,Demo, Demo, Demo|
Posted by: DUUJ on Jun-25-13 7:42 PM (EST)
If you can find a local shop that demo's boats, try out as many as you can. If there is anywhere near you to rent, try that too. You're much more likely to find the perfect craft for you, if it's your backside that finds it and sits in it for a while.
Posted by: Kudzu on Jun-26-13 4:35 PM (EST)
And if you like a boat and it's a bit too confining, ask the dealer if they'll move the seat back for you. Or ask if they'll tell you how to do it yourself. I've done this to most every boat I've owned. It makes a big difference.
Posted by: michaelcrouse on Jun-26-13 8:23 AM (EST)
Thanks for the replies|
Posted by: dstmartin on Jun-26-13 7:59 PM (EST)
Thanks for all your replies. It gives me a lot more to think about :)
Posted by: ppine on Jun-27-13 4:23 PM (EST)
Change the first criterion to over 15 feet.