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  which ones have you actually paddled
  Posted by: RavenWing on Jul-09-13 2:59 PM (EST)
 

lists upon lists of 12-14 foot kayaks for flatwater lakes and easy rivers can be compiled. Nearly every kayak maker has something to offer in this range with the exception of ww companies and seakayak-centric Brit mfgrs.

what matters is how they fit and handle for you and wifey. Demo some, which will also allow you to try on different pfds if you need them as well as different lengths and shapes of kayak paddles.

If you are still fired up to buy without trying, a 14 ft. Manitou is low risk. Proven design and very good for your venues. If they fit in it, just about anyone can paddle a Manitou 14. They are very user friendly esp. for new kayakers.
The Man 14 has two bulkheads, btw, while the 13 has one. You can stuff floatbags in the bow of a 13, but in deep water rescues it will still take on more water and be heavier to dump.

If you buy it the 14 can be for you. Go on separate safari for hers. Get 'er done and get on the water.

You are not required to buy two boats simultaneously in order to get suitable boats. And if you play it smart, wifey's boat can be a different fit for you and become a change of pace day/play boat for you when she wants to stay home.

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