Posted by: george4908 on Jul-01-13 9:54 PM (EST)
My own experiece is similar to yours. My first kayak was 12' long and 26" wide. Good starter boat, but by the time the next season rolled around, I was ready for something sleeker. My current kayak is 13' 10" long and 22.5" wide. So, not much longer, but a lot slimmer. I was comfortable on it right away, and the difference was immediate in terms of higher speed, greater maneuverability and less effort required to move the hull through the water. I recently test paddles a kayak that is 16' 9" long and 22" wide. Again, a noticeable difference -- but probably not as great as the difference between my first and second kayak.
If you like to fish, though, you might want to hang onto your first kayak. As they get slimmer and less stable, they become less than ideal fishing platforms.
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